Search Results: "Philip R. Craig"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >