Vineyard Blues

Vineyard Blues

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Baker & Taylor
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

Blackwell North Amer
It's been many years since J. W. Jackson has seen Corrie Appleyard, so J.W's delighted when the elderly African-American bluesman strolls unexpectedly up his driveway, guitar in hand. Corrie has come to Martha's Vineyard to play a few shows and to catch up on old times. But there's more to the Vineyard mix this summer than music, bluefish, and friendship.
Someone is torching the run-down summer-houses that a reviled local slumlord rents out to college kids who flock to the island for sun, sex, and summer jobs. J.W. and Zee, busy adding a wing to their house for precocious offspring Joshua and Diana, might almost cheer for the arsonist if they didn't fear someone would get hurt.
They are especially concerned for Corrie Appleyard, who opts to bunk in one of the dilapidated structures. Corrie doesn't need much in the way of amenities, and a friend's grandson has offered him hospitality. It's a bad choice. When a fire breaks out and an unidentified body is pulled from the scorched ruins, J.W. fears the worst. Corrie's precious guitar lies abandoned nearby, an ominous sign that the old man who seemed to live for his music has become the arsonist's victim.
With Corrie probably dead, this is no longer a mildly amusing case of a slumlord getting his due. For J.W., the search for the arsonist has become deadly serious and personal.

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Simon and Schuster
A Scribner Crime Novel It's been many years since J. W. Jackson has seen Corrie Appleyard, so J.W.'s delighted when the elderly African-American bluesman strolls unexpectedly up his driveway, guitar in hand. Corrie has come to Martha's Vineyard to play a few shows and to catch up on old times. But there's more to the Vineyard mix this summer than music, bluefish, and friendship. Someone is torching the run-down summerhouses that a reviled local slumlord rents out to college kids who flock to the island for sun, sex, and summer jobs. J.W. and Zee, busy adding a wing to their house for precocious offspring Joshua and Diana, might almost cheer for the arsonist if they didn't fear someone would get hurt. They are especially concerned for Corrie Appleyard, who opts to bunk in one of the dilapidated structures. Corrie doesn't need much in the way of amenities, and a friend's grandson has offered him hospitality. It's a bad choice. When a fire breaks out and an unidentified body is pulled from the scorched ruins, J.W. fears the worst. Corrie's precious guitar lies abandoned nearby, an ominous sign that the old man who seemed to live for his music has become the arsonist's victim. With Corrie probably dead, this is no longer a mildly amusing case of a slumlord getting his due. For J.W., the search for the arsonist has become deadly serious and personal. And there are other casualties this beautiful summer. Zee's friend,Susanna Quick, has received threatening letters from someone who knows far too much about Susanna's mysterious past, and who may use that knowledge in frightening ways. As J.W. pursues the arsonist and closes in on Susanna's feared correspondent, this masterly mystery moves toward a surprising, immensely satisfying conclusion. As always, though, it's the ensemble cast, the vibrant Martha's Vineyard ambiance, and the enticing fishing and food that will win our hearts and bring us back for more. Perfect summer reading, Vineyard Blues is proof once again that Philip R. Craig is at the top of his form. Includes three delicious Vineyard recipes!

Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780684834559
0684834553
Branch Call Number: MYS Craig, P 100.11 2000
Characteristics: 223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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Oct 22, 2016

NUMBER 11 IN SERIES. HENN CTY DOES NOT HAVE NUMBER 12, Vineyard Shadows. AVAILABLE IN LARGE PRINT FROM MNLINK.

hermlou Aug 06, 2010

J.W. Jackson & his family live on Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. They are visited by Corrie Appleyard, a blues musician and friend of Jackson's father. The reader feels like a visitor to the cosy family home and to the island with its long history. Jackson fishes for bluefish and quahogs, and he takes his children along on investigations, a far cry from the hard-boiled detective! Two old buildings are burned down, and arson suspects include people who hate the landlord for renting out run-down buildings and for being a sexual predator. An enjoyable series.

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