Saturday, December 20, 2014

Killing the Blues Book Review

Killing the Blues (A Jesse Stone Novel) by Michael Brandman was the first Jesse Stone book in the series not written by Robert Parker.  I was sad to hear about his death and super happy to hear that someone was carrying on his writing with there own take on his characters.  I was a little worried that it was going to be horrible with a new author but I was willing to give it a try.  I grabbed it at the library and then realized when I got home that my mom had left it for me to read last time...opps!  I returned the library book the next day.

It’s tourist season in Paradise, Massachusetts. With it comes a baffling and violent crime wave that has residents on edge. It’s also brought a mysterious figure who’s stirring up troubling memories for Chief of Police Jesse Stone—especially when it appears the stranger is out for revenge.  Jesse is dealing with Hondas that are being stolen in Paradise and working with unconventional means to catch the people behind the thefts.  Then there is a string of dead dogs which were happening every night as well as some other strange occurrences.  The more problems that pop up, the harder Jesse is working to keep the town safe.  Make sure you pick up the book to find out how he gets the bad guys and protects the town.

I was very happy to see that the book was just like Robert Parker was writing it and surprised to see that he was the producer of the made for TV movies (which is why he is so in contact with the characters too).  I couldn't even tell the difference between his writing and this author.  Jesse Stone and the town of Paradise was the same as I remembered it.  I could see that they made a great decision to carry this series forward and  couldn't wait to get to the next in the series so I picked it up immediately afterwards.  I couldn't be happier to be able to read more about Jesse Stone and his adventures.  I hope that you take this opportunity to start the series if you have never read them or even see the made for TV movies.  They are all great and I can see this new book as a movie too if they decide to go back and make a few more.  Hope you check out this book and the previous books in the Jesse Stone series and enjoy them as much as I have!!

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