Saturday, July 27, 2019
Let the Music Play! Treble at the Jam Fest -- sale!
from the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries
by Leslie Budewitz
I love summer. I know, I know, people in other regions hate summer – the heat, the humidity, the bugs.
If that's you, get yourself up here to NW Montana! Jewel Bay, my hometown, is a lakeside resort community on the road to Glacier National Park. The temperature rarely tops 85, even on the hottest August day. Humidity, schmidity. And bugs? Well, okay, but just the little teeny ones that don’t take much of a bite.
Of course, there’s tons of hiking trails in the Jewel Basin, and nothing beats a dip in a glacial lake! Kayak, canoe, sail in our lakes and rivers — whatever floats your boat. You can even golf. Jack Nicklaus himself designed our course, and while I don’t get the attraction of hitting a little white ball and chasing all over kingdom come after it, plenty of other people do.
But the real surprise is our village itself. Small, but mighty! Great food, great art, great shopping, and in the summer, great music. The annual Jewel Bay Jazz Festival is coming up, and the sound of music will fill these hills and valleys.
This summer, Gerry Martin will be playing and teaching. You remember him, don’t you? Jazz guitarist who wows fans all around the world? A dozen CDs, tons of Grammy awards, the works. Playing here, in Jewel Bay! He’ll be next door at Red’s Bar, in the courtyard, and then on stage at the park across the one-lane bridge. He’s teaching, too, as part of the workshops attached to the festival, and I hear he’s got an amazing young prodigy from New York who sings and plays. She’ll be on stage with him at Red’s, for sure. I can hardly wait.
You come, too. Be sure to pop into the Merc, the local foods grocery my mother and I run in our family’s hundred-year-old building in the heart of the village, for a taste of Montana -- huckleberry jam, buffalo jerky, and the best truffles between Seattle and St. Paul. You can’t miss it. Your taste buds will be glad you did!
Got plans to hear live music this summer? Do tell!
From the cover of Treble at the Jam Fest:
Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full.
Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident?or did someone even the score?
Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries, and the winner of Agatha Awards in three categories. Death al Dente, the first Food Lovers' Village Mystery, won Best First Novel in 2013, following her 2011 win in Best Nonfiction. Her first historical short story, "All God's Sparrows," won the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story; read it on her website. A past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.
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