Books by Philip R. Craig

Philip R. Craig grew up on a small cattle ranch near Durango, Colorado, before going off to college at Boston University, where he was an All-American fencer. He earned his M.F.A. at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. A recently retired professor o


VINEYARD CHILL by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"J.W.'s last case (Vineyard Stalker, 2007, etc.) combines Craig's trademark tour of Martha's Vineyard, a sprinkling of recipes and enough mystery and excitement to please. Both the author and his unflappable hero will be missed."
An old friend's visit brings both pleasure and danger to Craig's laid-back ex-policeman on his twilight tour of Martha's Vineyard. Read full book review >
THIRD STRIKE by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 2007

"An exciting third case (Second Sight, 2005, etc.) for a team reminiscent of Holmes and Watson, or Spenser and Hawk."
The tranquility of Martha's Vineyard is disturbed by a ferry strike and a pair of murders. Read full book review >
VINEYARD STALKER by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2007

"Just enough island lore and recipes to please regional fans, leaving room for one of Craig's better mysteries."
Escalating Martha's Vineyard property values may be a motive for murder. Read full book review >
DEAD IN VINEYARD SAND by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2006

"Fans will enjoy another visit to Craig's beloved island, and won't mind how early the solution is telegraphed."
A clash between golfers and cyclists stirs up tension on idyllic Martha's Vineyard. Read full book review >
VINEYARD PREY by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 7, 2005

"Fans of Craig's usual sedate fare (A Vineyard Killing, 2003, etc.) should know that this installment is more thriller than mystery. But real page-turners have more action and less cooking, fishing and philosophizing."
"Shoulder season" on Martha's Vineyard is time for a little scalloping until ex-cop J.W. Jackson's placid life is disturbed by the advent of an assassin. Read full book review >
A VINEYARD KILLING by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"Moderately savvy readers will nab the baddie early on, but will undoubtedly hang around for bluefish season, seafood casserole (recipe included), and J.W.'s low-key island philosophizing."
Martha's Vineyard in the off-season: the bluefish aren't running, but two real-estate developer brothers are when someone takes a potshot at them. Read full book review >
VINEYARD SHADOWS by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Best suited for fans in exactly the same frame of mind."
Yet another chapter in the mostly idyllic life of ex-cop J.W. Jackson, living on Martha's Vineyard with his second wife, Zee, and their two small children (A Fatal Vineyard Season, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"But the mystery barely raises interest, even among the detectives."
Mystery veterans Craig (A Fatal Vineyard Season, 1999, etc.) and Tapply (Muscle Memory, 1999, etc.) present their inaugural collaboration in alternating first-person narratives. Read full book review >
VINEYARD BLUES by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2000

"Could J.W. and his beloved Vineyard (A Fatal Vineyard Season, 1999, etc.) one day take on a whiteknuckled, hardedged case?"
Martha's Vineyard has not yet been overrun by tourists in June, although the college kids who staff the restaurants and fill the bars have rented every available living space, including the overpriced, undermaintained group houses owned by Ben Krane. Read full book review >
A FATAL VINEYARD SEASON by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1999

"The tension-filled finale makes it one of Craig's better outings."
Summer on Martha's Vineyard is waning and J.W. Jackson, his wife Zee, and their two small children are settling in for the winter. J.W. (A Shoot on Martha's Vineyard, 1998, etc.), once a Boston cop, will do his care-taking jobs for absentee house and boat owners—like caring for the Crandel house in Oak Bluffs, presently occupied by actresses Julia Crandel and her friend Ivy Holiday. Read full book review >
A SHOOT ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 1998

"A genial snooze."
Yet another love letter to Martha's Vineyard via this ninth adventure for resident J.W. Jackson—ex-Boston cop, fisherman, cook, husband of beautiful nurse Zee, sometime nanny to new son Joshua (A Deadly Vineyard Holiday, 1997, etc.). J.W. has long been antagonistic to beach-closing environmentalists led by blue-blooded biologist Lawrence Ingalls'so, naturally, when J.W. finds Ingalls shot to death on the beach just days after they—d come to blows, he finds himself the prime suspect, even getting shot at by Ingalls's assistant Beth Harper. Read full book review >
A DEADLY VINEYARD HOLIDAY by Philip R. Craig
Released: June 17, 1997

"Some of the background clarity could have been used to strengthen the jerry-built plot in this comfortable but uncompelling episode."
An early morning session of casting for bluefish brings a new adventure to the not-so-quiet life of J.W. Jackson (Death on a Vineyard Beach, 1996, etc.)—once a member of Boston's PD, now eking out a living on Martha's Vineyard with adored wife Zee, a nurse at the local hospital. Read full book review >
DEATH ON A VINEYARD BEACH by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1996

"A comfortable companion for a day at the beach or summer dreaming on a cold winter's night."
Yet another good-natured, lethargic chronicle of the days and nights of ex-Boston cop J.W. Jackson, this time honeymooning with gorgeous nurse Zee Madeiras (A Case of Vineyard Poison, 1995, etc.) in his Martha's Vineyard cottage. Read full book review >
A CASE OF VINEYARD POISON by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1995

"Like Qwill and his psychic cats, J.W. lazes through a pipe dream in which the 20th century's never happened."
Wedding bells loom for Boston-cop-turned-Martha's-Vineyard- fisherman J.W. Jackson and his girlfriend Zee Madeiras—and so, it seems, does a dowry of $100,000 that's unaccountably turned up on Zee's ATM statement. Read full book review >
OFF SEASON by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1994

"It must be off season for crime and punishment too."
Ex-cop J.W. Jackson's idyllic engagement to Martha's Vineyard nurse Zee Madieras, and his ritual bouts of fishing and scalloping and cooking and eating, are interrupted by a feud between animal- rights activist Mimi Bettencourt and hunter/editorialist Ignacio Cortez over the proper use of the 50-acre tract that wealthy Carl Norton has just sold to a public commission; by a couple of run-ins with uncouth Providence hoodlum Joey Percell, who warns Nash Cortez to lay off them animal-rights people; and by a slight case of murder. Read full book review >
CLIFF HANGER by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 11, 1993

"Craig's writing improves the farther off-island he ventures, but no matter how lyrical his descriptions of the Rockies and how self-deprecatingly manly his hero, it still can't offset a thin plot—and far too many fish recipes."
When ex-Boston cop and current Martha's Vineyard fisherman Jeff ``J.W.'' Jackson (The Double-Minded Men, etc.) beats up Lloyd Cramer after Lloyd beat up his girlfriend Geraldine, everyone, including J.W., thinks it's Lloyd who makes three attempts on his life—until J.W. realizes someone is mistaking him for Weststock College professor John Skye and wants him dead for allegedly leading on and then abandoning student Bernie Orwell, causing her to commit suicide. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLE-MINDED MEN by Philip R. Craig
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 1992

"Some droll humor, though, for Vineyard fans."
The third outing (A Beautiful Place to Die, The Woman Who Walked into the Sea) for Martha's Vineyard fisherman Jeff ``J.W.'' Jackson, a former Boston cop now busy full-time proposing to pretty nurse Zee Madieras and wolfing down homemade bluefish pÉte. Read full book review >