Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vineyard Days by Gene Pisasale ****

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Excerpt from the book: "We did take a drive down to Gay Head…walked around Moshup Beach…found a very nice leather satchel washed up on shore. Couldn’t tell what was really inside… looked like a bunch of wet papers,” Jim said, still looking out at the ocean... but then he looked up and noticed Eddy was staring right at him, almost with a glare… and it spooked Jim for a second. Then Eddy looked down and said, “Yeah? That’s somethin’… Never know what’ll wash up on the beach…”

Jim and Natalie wanted a relaxing vacation on Martha’s Vineyard with good food, sunshine and walks on the beach… What they weren’t expecting was being involved in a murder investigation linked to the Mafia, the stock market crash and massive securities fraud…and meeting Eddy, who could just as easily kill you as shake your hand…

My Review:

The author, Gene Pisasale, describes the book as a walk through Martha’s Vineyard and that is a perfect description. The reader is an eavesdropper following along with the main characters, Jim and Natalie, as they tour the Martha’s Vineyard area. The reader partakes in the sights, sounds and flavors of the area as the author describes and discusses the food, wine, restaurants, lighthouses, beaches, and trails. Travel along with them as they are entertained by bicycle rides, watching sandpipers, shell collecting and discussions with the locals. There is an interesting discussion of the famous Chappaquiddick incident and even some recent political issues.

There is even a murder mystery woven into the story. While not a hard-hitting, gritty mystery, it does reflect current true-life events concerning investment fraud.

The author’s knowledge about gourmet food, wines, and the Vineyard area is evident in his book.
Vineyard Days is a light read with a travelogue feel - a perfect read for the beach or on your way to Martha’s Vineyard! The author has a website, with information and reviews about Martha’s Vineyard and other travel and food related places.


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