Monday, June 9, 2014

FIFA in Brazil: Time to read A VINE IN THE BLOOD

President Dilma Rousseff takes first kick-off at the Dunas Arena

The FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil is about to kick off.   I am taking this opportunity to bring everyone’s attention to our dear Leighton Gage’s book dealing with the world of Brazil’s soccer players.  Here is what Leighton himself had to say about his story Vine in the Blood. It is a wonderful book.  Now would be a great time to read or reread one of our blog's  founder’s wonderfully crafted and riveting stories.

Annamaria - Monday  VIVA LEIGHTON!

FROM 18 April 2011:

Once a year, each of us gets a chance to toot his/her own horn.
Normally, we do that when we launch a new book in the United States and Canada.
This time, I'm going to do it differently.

This is the North American cover for A Vine in the Blood:

I love that cover, and I'm anxious to see it on the shelves of bookshops, but it won't be launched in North America until the 27th of December.

This is the cover for the English-language Kindle version elsewhere in the world:

And it's up for purchase, on Kindle, as of today, as long as you don't live in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, the American possessions and a couple of other places.

In the UK, here's the link to the Kindle store:

If you live anywhere else, I can't give you a link, because the URLs vary from country-to-country.
I don't know them all. But, even if I did, there wouldn't be space to list them. They number over two hundred.

Which is how it's possible to put books up on Kindle at different times, and in different places, without violating copyright arrangements with publishers.

I suppose you know that, if you don't have a Kindle, you can download a free application from Amazon that enables you to read Kindle books on your computer or smart phone.

It's not my preferred way of reading, and I suspect it isn't yours, but it's possible.

And it will save you eight months of waiting for the next installment of the adventures of Chief Inspector Silva.

Here's the synopsis, extracted from the copy on the book's jacket:

It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe’s premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. A victory for the home team is inextricably linked to the skills of the country’s principal striker, Tico “The Artist” Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared-away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil’s bitterest rival, humbled by the Brazilian eleven. But then, just three weeks before the first game, Juraci Santos, Tico’s mother, is kidnapped. The star is distraught. The public is appalled. The politicians are outraged. And the pressure is on Chief Inspector Mario Silva to get her back.

Suspects aren’t lacking. Among them, are a cabal of Argentineans, suspected of having spirited the lady away to put Tico off his game, the star’s gold-digging, top-model girlfriend, whom his mother dislikes and has been trying to get out of his life, his principal rival, who wants to play in the World Cup in Tico’s place, and the man whose leg Tico broke during a match, thereby destroying his career. In the end, Silva and his crew discover that the solution to the mystery is less complex - but entirely unexpected.

The book is no cozy, but it's not very violent, either. And there's humor from the wisecracking Arnaldo Nunes to break up the action.

Which is, otherwise, pretty non-stop.

Thanks, Dear Readers, for putting up with this blatant self-promotion.

Like I said, it's only once a year for each of us.

Leighton - Monday


  1. I just downloaded my copy and can't want to read it! Go Mario, beat Argentina...


  2. As I'm in the US, I'll have to wait until later in the year, but I wanted to say that I like the North American cover better. Suitably menacing. LOL

  3. I realize that this is flagrant abuse of protocol, but the web page for A VINE IN THE BLOOD shows that there is one review for the book. Clicking on that link will lead to my blog,

    Reviews of the books by the authors on this blog are posted there. If you love their blog, you will love their books.


  4. Great N. American cover! Congratulations.

    What rights did you sell your N. American publisher that allows you to put the Kindle version elsewhere? Just N. American rights? Presumably including ebooks and audio?

    Great premise for a book - downloaded and in my TBR pile.

  5. Great news!

    And a terrific cover.

    And a long, frustrating eight-month tease for those of us who still read those paper things smeared with ink.


  6. I love the North American cover for this one -- far more effective than the alternative. Sounds like an intriguing story, too. Even for someone who is definitely NOT into soccer!

    1. Zoe, I think you would enjoy the book as much as I, your sister in non-fan of futball. I once heard a snarky guy say that all the soccer games on TV are just the same game rebroadcast incessantly. I feel that way about American football too. Except that for American football, there are guys in green uniforms running around with players on stretchers. There is NOTHING of this repetitiveness in Leighton's books. What is the same about them all is how you race through the a complex story because he made look effortless.

  7. Here is a link to my review of A Vine in the Blood and several other Leighton linked posts. Leighton was a superb writer and although we had only met once in person a friend, and I have greatly missed our internet chats.

    1. Thank you for adding your link to this post. I could not agree more with your clear assessment of Leighton's gifts. And with your comment above about the quality of his friendship.

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