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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (October 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595668615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595668618
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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.

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To end it was suspenseful, and I was intrigued with every turn of the page.
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So far I've read several books in the Jay Leiceser series and have enjoyed them all.
Mike F
This story is like the previous stories well written with engaging character.
SGL

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By Ann Louise on February 6, 2014
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JC Simmons has given us another great Jay Leicester novel with a wonderful cast of characters. I wish I knew half as much about wine as the main character and many other characters do.
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By Casondra Marie King on January 19, 2014
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I thought that this book was about average. A little disappointed the book for me off track a little and lost my attention but I got it back
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By Eileen on January 18, 2014
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I found this to be fairly predictable. The protagonist wasn't all that interesting and some of the descriptive writing was, well, odd. It did make me want to eat a big fat steak though, so there's that.
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By BrendaJane on December 7, 2013
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Book 6 of the series...moving right along at a brisk pace. I am writing this review after finishing the series but I think this is the one where I had a clue how to pronounce Leicester...Lee Ster, I'd been pronouncing it Lye Ster or Lye Cester...can't decide. Still don't know for sure because this is a nickname it seems. One tiny hangup of mine but I'm still obsessing over it. The character himself though is a complicated and interesting man with friends to match and a case that bears checking into. Even though this one wasn't my favourite in the series it is still well written and will keep your attention.
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By Mike F on November 3, 2013
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So far I've read several books in the Jay Leiceser series and have enjoyed them all. I'm X-Military and have been a pilot and diver for over 40 years, so I'm always entertained by someone who can spin a good tail around those skills. I also live in the Gulf region and enjoy reading a stories with a local twist.
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Sixth book in the series for the author but first one for me. The best thing I can say about the "Popping the Shine" that's I got it for free. Usually, if I like a free book, I will buy the rest of the series. "Popping the Shine" left me 'wanting no more'.

Story is told by Jay Leicester in the first person. An aviation consultant who, as a favour, investigates brutal murder of a friend's grandson. International cartel, local police and CIA also involved. Sounds promising isn't it?

First person narration left me with a little or no insight in to characters. Jay's relentless descriptions of everything and everyone stopped me from emotionally connecting and caring. There is so much of - weather (good for flying or not), wines, cigars, food, restaurants, people's appearance and aviation - one can take in a mystery book! Reading about Jay's investigation was like reading a slightly less formal police report. Seems to me, he was more interested in uncovering who Shine's hospital visitor/guard is.

Story about a small insignificant players in a big game, but the big game and the big players (cartel, CIA and all the excitement that comes with them) are just hint it on!

Style of mystery writing that is just not to my taste.
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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.