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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738826472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738826479
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,856,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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.

The author 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 an aviation book dealing with his flying experiences.

More About 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.

The author 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.

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.

Customer Reviews

I read Icy Descent in 2 days!
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This is a book I would recommend to my friends and fellow kindle readers.
tarlene
It kept my interest until the end of the book.
annjt

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Serena Saturine on April 3, 2012
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This book is well-written. No editing complaints as it appears that it was professionally edited. After a little digging, found that it was originally published by a subsidiary of Random House, so this is not one of those self-published projects that may or may not live up to expectations. Blood on the Vine accomplishes everything a competently-written book sets out to do: well developed and likable characters, a suspenseful plot, good pacing that kept me involved. As a bonus, I found the settings, which alternated between the wine country of California and rural Mississippi, to be quite enthralling. I obtained this book for my Kindle, and though I got it for free, I would have been completely satisfied had I paid for it. Looking at the author's, JC Simmons'. page, I discovered that he has written 9 other novels in this, the "Jay Leicester Mysteries Series", and I do intend on reading more of his books, most of which are currently priced reasonably. My advice to others whose tastes include well-written, detective-styled yarns would be to check out at least one of the books in this series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bear on April 27, 2001
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Set in the Napa Valley wine country this is a thrilling and well written mystery about murder, fine wine, and interesting characters. The protagonist investigates the crash of a 40 million dollar corporate jet on takeoff from the Napa Airport killing all aboard, three of who happened to be close friends. An old world winery, people of the vine, wine locals and intrigue make this a must read for anyone interested in the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VDF on April 17, 2012
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I love a book that is part of a series and this one, being the 1st in this series, was a great introduction to the main character. Well written, good story line. Not too much information on each person in the story where it gets boring, this was very well done - just enough info to keep you interested in each person and wanting to maybe know more. I was totally satisfied with the great ending, which isn't always the case. I am looking forward to more stories written by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Louise on February 1, 2014
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This is my first Jay Leicester book. It had an interesting plot line. I noticed a few grammatical errors, but the book made me want to read the rest of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Byrge on April 24, 2012
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If you want explosions and gun battles and car crashes, this is not for you. If you want a well-crafted mystery with likeable characters, you'll enjoy reading "Blood on the Vine." The author gives the reader some good background and history of the wine culture of Napa Valley, as well as air crash investigation, which adds richness to the story. A very enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tarlene on April 2, 2012
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Excellent book. Kept my interest start to finish. This is a book I would recommend to my friends and fellow kindle readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By annjt on March 21, 2012
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This was a really good book that I enjoyed reading. It kept my interest until the end of the book. Looking forward to reading more books like this.
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Another very good Jay Leicester book. Easy and fast reading and always an interesting plotline. I have read 4 books in the series and have enjoyed all 4.
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