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About James P. Ignizio
Thanks for visiting my page. I have three writing careers at the moment – one as a mystery novel writer, one as a writer of inspirational novels, and one as the author of nonfiction books. In my rapidly diminishing spare time, I teach, research, and apply the methods of artificial intelligence, intelligent decision systems, and management science to real-world problems.
Some of the awards for my writing include: The First Hartford Prize (presented by the National Safety Council), the John K Walker, Jr. Award (from the Military Operations Research Society), and an Outdoor Writers Award. Several of my books have been translated and published overseas.
My website, providing more information on published as well as forthcoming books, is: http://bentspurtx.wix.com/jamesignizio.
The Last English Village (2012)
The Dog at the Gate (2015)
Death Comes to the Witherfield Arms (2017)
Fishy Business: How the wisdom of the angler can help you succeed at work
The 3 Obstacles
Optimizing Factory Performance
Linear Programming (with Tom Cavalier)
Plus ten other nonfiction books
These books are all written under a pen name (C. A. James)
Henry, Eddie and Me (forthcoming, fall of 2016)
Sweetie’s Song: The meadows of Heaven
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James Ignizio is the author of more than a dozen books, several short stories, and over 360 articles. Included among his novels are "The Dog at the Gate," and "Death Comes to the Witherfield Arms," two cozy mysteries that take place in the Cotswold region of England. He is also the author of the award-winning "The Last English Village," the tale of two troubled men searching for the survivors of an airplane that was lost during WW2.
Tommi discovers that not all is as it seems within the Witherfield Arms, nor are all its residents who they claim to be. She quickly finds herself confronted with not just one, but two suspicious deaths … as well as the one man in the world she isn’t, as yet, prepared to meet.
Death Comes to the Witherfield Arms is the second in the Cotswolds Mystery Series featuring Tommi Blake. Tommi was first introduced in The Dog at the Gate, the first book in the series. Both books are British Mysteries penned by James Ignizio, the award-winning author of the widely acclaimed novel: The Last English Village.
On 22 December 1943 the Susan Rae, an American B17 Flying Fortress, is lost. The aircraft is reported to have crashed into the English Channel. There are no survivors and no bodies are recovered. Records of the incident mysteriously go missing. The Susan Rae and its crew vanish, committed to the dustbin of history.
On the day the Susan Rae disappears, the English village of Lower Friththingden is the scene of several remarkable events. Two Rolls-Royces are seen parked near the village church. The entourage has paused to listen to the sound of the village children’s choir. Overhead a German parachute mine floats down, heading directly toward the church. Inside are most of the village inhabitants, including a young girl rumored to be the illegitimate child of Winston Churchill.
More than a half-century later two men, an embittered American and a reclusive Englishman, have their lives altered as a consequence of the disappearance of the Susan Rae. Vince Collesano, ill, depressed, and alone, travels to England to satisfy his wife’s final request. Seconds before her death she had pointed to a painting of an English churchyard and asked to have her ashes buried there – in the country where she had been born and raised.
Unfortunately, Vince has no idea as to just where in England that particular churchyard is located. The promise cannot be kept without the help of his late wife’s cousin, Albert “Bertie” Ambrose, a sad little man who hasn’t ventured outside of London for more than thirty years.
Despite Vince’s intense dislike of Bertie, and all things English, the pair team up for what Vince believes to be a search for his wife’s final resting place. Given an ample supply of Marmite, they just may succeed.
The perky and persuasive Sally Swindel, a management consultant, claims to have the answer: the implementation of the latest, greatest management fad. All it will take, Sally promises, is the presentation of a weeklong short course, a long-term consulting contract, and the purchase of copies of her firm’s most recent management best seller. That book is the latest in a long list of her firm’s previous best sellers, including those dedicated to reengineering, one-minute management, total quality control, quality circles, management by objectives, management by walking around, management by positive thinking, management by the Ouija board, management practices of Hannibal Lecter, management via blind faith, management by intimidation, theories A through Z, and a host of other celebrated concepts.
This might be amusing if it weren’t for the fact that there is, in this nation, far too many “Muddle-like” firms, and far too much Muddled Management. As a consequence, the leading role the U.S. once held in such areas as space exploration, military weapon systems and – in particular – high tech manufacturing, is in serious decline. As just one example, the Intel Corporation is now the sole remaining U.S. company capable of the fabrication of high-density, high-performance computer chips – a technology that was invented in this nation. As our nation’s capability to produce these computer chips and a host of other high technology products diminishes, so does the likelihood that it will have the means to prosper and survive in the new economy of the 21st century: The Digital Economy.
On the factory floors of Muddle Incorporated, we follow the trials and tribulations of a handful of Muddle’s employees and their desperate attempts to convince top management of the need to recognize and overcome the three obstacles to the achievement of any non-trivial goal; i.e., the hurdles imposed by Unnecessary Complexity, Excessive Variability, and – in particular – a massive reservoir of Intellectual Myopia. Until those three obstacles are surmounted, or at the very least mitigated, there is no manufacturing management fad or motivational speech that will provide the Muddle Corporation with any significant or, in particular, sustainable improvement in the performance of their factories.
Realize that none of these powerful – yet fundamentally simple – concepts will change your life one iota unless you first make the decision to embrace them. In other words, the decisions you make are the single most influential factor determining your future.
This is true whether you are a business leader, military officer, entrepreneur, politician, physician, dentist, lawyer, student, or just someone who is serious about achieving a better life. Simply put, your success – or lack of it – depends on the decisions you make.
Making better decisions does not require exotic or complex tools. The "seven habits," " positive thinking," and "winning friends and influencing people" are straightforward concepts that can be understood and pursued by anyone with the determination to improve their lives. This is just as true of the two essential factors that underlie improved decision-making:
• A broadening of your frame of reference, and
• An appreciation of how your frame of reference influences the analogies you derive, and thus the decisions you reach.
In Fishy Business, we illustrate – through entertaining fishing parables and actual business stories – just how you can broaden your frame of reference, thus deriving a wider range of analogies, and – as a consequence – reach improved decisions.