Blood on the Vine [NOOK Book]

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Jay Leicester (pronounced "Lester") is a retired Airline Pilot, retired because he could not stand the bureaucratic web the government spun over the aviation industry, and partly because anyone with the price of a bus ticket could fly on the airlines, which resulted in overbooking, overcrowding, and near chaos on every route. Raised in a family of Judges and police officers, the only thing he knew to fall back on was the law. Opening his own ...

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Overview

Blood on the Vine (Full Version)

Jay Leicester (pronounced "Lester") is a retired Airline Pilot, retired because he could not stand the bureaucratic web the government spun over the aviation industry, and partly because anyone with the price of a bus ticket could fly on the airlines, which resulted in overbooking, overcrowding, and near chaos on every route. Raised in a family of Judges and police officers, the only thing he knew to fall back on was the law. Opening his own private investigation business was a natural evolution, especially since he had trouble with authority, and could work outside the constraints of legalese. Handling mostly aviation related cases; recovery of stolen aircraft, investigating drug-hauling pilots, and helping set up corporate aviation departments kept him busy.

The crash of a Gulfstream V corporate jet with three of his friends aboard leads Leicester from Mississippi to the Napa Valley wine country in California where he becomes involved with an old world family winery, the investigation of the crash, murder, and a beautiful raven-haired siren who could love him or kill him, and a beautiful blond who almost does kill him. Fine wines, good food, and evil people all come together in a powerful work reminiscent of Ross MacDonald or John D. McDonald. Character driven and plot oriented, this is a must read for the serious Mystery/Thriller 'aficionado.'

There are 10 ebooks in the Jay Leicester Mysteries Series by JC Simmons:

Blood on the Vine
Some People Die Quick
Blind Overlook
Icy Blue Descent
The Electra File
Popping the Shine
Four Nines Fine
The Underground Lady
Akel Dama
The Candela of Cancri

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940033253197
  • Publisher: JC Simmons
  • Publication date: 4/27/2012
  • Series: Jay Leicester Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 51,313
  • File size: 226 KB

Meet the Author

JC Simmons is the author of an Ernest Hemingway biography, several short stories and ten critically acclaimed serial mystery novels, known as the "Jay Leicester Mysteries Series". Included in the series are: Blood On The Vine, Some People Die Quick, Blind Overlook, Icy Blue Descent, The Electra File, Popping the Shine, Four Nines Fine, The Underground Lady, Akel Dama, and The Candela of Cancri, all of which have been recently re-released as ebooks by Nighttime Press LLC.

From the Author's mouth:
My flying career and writing in general was inspired by a single book titled, Fate is the Hunter, by Ernest K. Gann. Writing specifically as a style was manifest due to a single book titled, Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story, by Carlos Baker, Hemingway’s official biographer. A friend and Emergency Room doctor, Edgar Grissom, who would later publish the definitive bibliography on Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography, loaned me his copy of Baker’s bio one summer back in the early 70s. The rest, as they say, is history.

During the next few years, I read everything by and about Hemingway. Never has a writer influenced me more. My first foray into the world of letters was to be about Hemingway. John Evans, owner of Lemuria Books, and my mentor in all things literati, pointed out that there were literally hundreds of bios on Hemingway. However, a scholarly study on the man and his work had never been done in a Q&A format. So was born the “Workbook.”

Evans, Grissom, Evan’s store manager, Tom Gerald and his assistant Valerie Sims, all collaborated on the manuscript. It took two years to finish. I learned much on the journey.

It was from this endeavor with the Hemingway bio that emerged the Jay Leicester Murder/Mystery series. Even the name Leicester came from Hemingway’s brother, who also published a bio, My Brother Ernest Hemingway, in 1961.

Hemingway once said he “learned to write landscapes by looking at the paintings of Cezanne in the Louvre in Paris,” and “that it’s not how much one puts into a book, but what the writer leaves out that makes the story.” From him I learned how to write true dialogue, and how to add the sights, sounds, and smells so that the reader feels he is there. While I did not try and copy his style, thousands have tried and failed, I did take what he offered and used it well, I hope. You the reader will make that determination.

J.C. Simmons was born, raised, educated, and stayed in the great State of Mississippi. He is a retired Airline/Corporate pilot and lives with his wife on the family farm in Union, Mississippi where he is working on a autobiographical work detailing his life and times as a pilot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Very Enjoyable and Interesting Novel

    The quality of writing and the characters as the story unfolds is quite good and very satisfying. Jay Leicester's method of finding the truth in this mystery is unique and he does not have that typical cookie-cutter PI persona at all. He is truly one of a kind. The settig of this novwl in Napa Valley makes for a unique and interwsting mystery setting and even the minor characters in this mystery add to it significantly because of their coming from this unique setting. I enjoyed this book immemsely and am now eager to immerse myself in the remaining nine books of the series. Still LOTS of great reading to do! I would recommed this novel to anyone that loves a great mystery that has many unique attributes.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Great book!

    I love this guy! The author is wonderful. A great read. Please put the whole series on Nook.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Good job

    Enjoyed! Try it, you'll like it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Overrated

    If I want to read about food and wine I would go for a travelling guide. The story goes as slow, like looking at the debris of a plane crash to find some clues, what causes the crash.

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