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Craig, Philip R.

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ISBN 10: 0684834553 / ISBN 13: 9780684834559
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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The eleventh novel in Craig's highly-praised mystery series set on Martha's Vineyard and featuring retired Boston cop, J.W. Jackson, this time investigating the death of a legendary African-American bluesman. Signed by Craig on the Title Page. Top edge of text is slightly soiled, o/w boards and text are tight, clean, with a very slight spine lean; the dustjacket is slightly wrinkled along the top edge, o/w very minimal surface and edgewear, no tears or chipping. Collectable. Bookseller Inventory # 003940

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: By The Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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J.W. Jackson's investigation into some mysterious arson fires on Martha's Vineyard becomes personal when one of the fires takes the life of his old friend, African American bluesman Corrie Appleyard, who was in town to play a few shows


You can almost taste the freshly caught bluefish and smell the tangy salt air in Philip Craig's newest Martha's Vineyard mystery, a seasonal delight featuring former Boston policeman J.W. Jackson. J.W. hasn't seen legendary bluesman Corrie Appleyard since he was a child, and when Corrie arrives on the Vineyard for a rare concert appearance, J.W. couldn't be happier. It's almost enough to take his mind off the series of arson fires that have destroyed the dilapidated summer cottages that a local slumlord rents out at outrageously high prices to college kids who've come to work and play in the famous summer colony. But when Corrie's precious guitar is found at the site of the latest fire, and an unidentified body is pulled from the ruins, J.W. fears the worst.

Although he's already busy trying to track down a blackmailer who's been threatening Susanna Quick, his wife Zee's close friend, J.W. agrees to investigate the arson fires for the owner of the cottages, which leads him into still another unsolved mystery: why is Zee so opposed to his newest client? By the time the connection between the arsonist, the slumlord, Susanna, and Zee is unraveled in a surprising denouement, you'll have worked up an appetite. Luckily, the author has included the recipes of Vineyard favorites at the end of this tasty mystery. J.W. is an extremely appealing hero, a man of simple pleasures who's not averse to putting himself on the line to defend his wife, his family, and his close-knit community of friends and neighbors . The pacing won't keep you from a nap after a day of sun and salt water, but the book moves along nicely, the Vineyard landscape is lovingly and authentically evoked, and the characters are well drawn. Vineyard Blues is another satisfying outing for this accomplished writer (who also brought us A Fatal Vineyard Season, A Shoot on Martha's Vineyard, Death on a Vineyard Beach) and his likable protagonist. --Jane Adams

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