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A Shoot On Martha's Vineyard: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Philip R Craig
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Oct. 7 1999 Martha's Vineyard Mysteries

Life on the Vineyard is good-maybe just too good--for ex-Boston cop J.W. Jackson this August. The bluefish are running early, and there's plenty of quality fishing time to be spent with his new baby son Joshua. But an idyllic summer hits a snag when a movie scout from a glamorous land called "Hollywood" invades the beaches--and takes a liking not only to the island locale, but to Jackson's lovely lady Zee as well. Worse still, a longtime nemesis turns up murdered just one day after he and J.W. come to blows, and Jackson is considered by nearly everyone, up-island and down, to be the most likely suspect. And if he hopes to spend the remainder of this season--as well as many others to come--enjoying simple family pleasures and fine, fresh seafood outside of a prison cell, J.W. will have to cast his line out and hook the real killer.


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Movie-making and murder interrupt the laid-back island life of J.W. Jackson, former cop, occasional detective and new father. In his ninth outing (following A Deadly Vineyard Holiday, 1997), J.W. signs on as driver-guide for a Hollywood location scout, the tanned and toothy Drew Mondry, who likes the look of the Vineyard. He also likes the look of J.W.'s wife, Zee, enough to ask her to be an extra in the film. They're all distracted when J.W. finds state environmental officer Lawrence Ingalls murdered just one day after he and J.W. came to blows over Ingalls's closing of a local beach. Although J.W. is the prime suspect, other Vineyard residents also had grudges against the dead man: Zack Delwood once said someone would soon shoot Ingalls; Moonbeam Berube, the caretaker at Ingalls's new house, has a history of violence. To find the killer, J.W. must dig up some dirt on the victim's seemingly spotless past. In J.W.'s guide work, Craig shows off his affectionate knowledge of Martha's Vineyard, from the touristy towns to the locals' favorite fishing spots. J.W. and Zee sometimes lapse into precious dialogue, and there's way too much reporting on baby Joshua's diaper usage, but in all, the Jacksons and their neighbors are an agreeable group of summertime sleuths.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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When series star J.W. Jackson's long-time nemesis arrives in town and is murdered, J.W. can avoid suspicion only by finding the murderer. A handsome Hollywood movie scout, meanwhile, takes a shine to Jackson's new wife. A lively and entertaining addition to the series (e.g., A Deadly Vineyard Holiday, LJ 5/1/97).
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm almost afraid to say "I liked it!" April 2 2003
Format:Hardcover
The reviews of this simple little book are all over the map. The comments about "too much Zee / Joshua" are fair and I agree with them. This edition had a lot less fishing too, thank you very much. The plot was easy to follow and you probably won't be "guessing" until the end. But this series is designed for summer reading - a time when your mind should be on autopilot. That means, it should be easy. also, it should be fun and it should be atmospheric. I think Mr. Craig knows that and he has hit on a decent formula that he can use (milk?) until he runs completely out of ideas. I'm reading the series now because it's April and it's still snowing here in the NE. I could use a little Vineyard summer right now and the series continues to bring me back to one of the most beautiful places in the USA. I'll keep reading if he keeps writing because I know what I'm getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another delightful story from the Vineyard Aug. 15 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have devoured each of Philip Craig's Vineyard mysteries with great enthusiasm, and this one was no exception. His folksy description of Vineyard life is as enjoyable as the story itself, as is his ongoing update of his character's family life. His writing is as refreshing as an offshore breeze, and I look forward to each new book with pleasure.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Snooze" is right! Feb. 6 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Kirkus summarized this book with "a genial snooze". How true! While I, too, enjoy reading about Martha's Vineyard, I expect the sleuth to do some searching for clues, which is at a minimum here. The solution is offered at the end almost as an aside to tending Joshua and worshipping Zee. Craig's earlier books are a bit better; I won't read any future ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Beat the Ambience June 7 1998
Format:Hardcover
These J.W. Jackson books can be read for the atmosphere alone. You get wonderful descriptions of Martha's Vineyard, not to mention great food along with some recipes. I'm dying to try Blue Fish Pate. The only problem I have with these books is that it is tiresome to read about how beautful Zee, the wife, is. This goddess is just too perfect and it's boring to be constantly reminded about all her glory, but this is something not unique as Robert Parker's description of Susan Silverman and all her beauty has irked me for years, but I still love Spencer so I still can enjoy these Vineyard books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever, very atmospheric April 20 1998
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Format:Hardcover
He did a tour in Nam and was a Boston cop before a bullet forced him to retire. Now, J.W. Jackson enjoys the slow pace of his new home on Martha's Vineyard where he can fish, catch crabs, and just relax. He is proud to be married to the beautiful Zee and loves his three month old son. When Hollywood decides to film a pirate's movie at the Vineyard, movie scout Barton Delwood enters J.W.'s life. Delwood makes no secret of his interest in Zee, forcing J.W. to control his growing need to beat the guy up.
However, J.W. fails to contain his anger when he meets Lawrence Ingalls. He takes a public swing at the Environmental Protection Agent, who closed the beaches to all terrain vehicles in order to protect an endangered species of bird. The next time J.W. meets Lawrence, he finds the man dead. J.W. knows that he is prime suspect number one and in an election year, he could easily be swept away before the real killer is found.
The knowledge and love that Phillip R. Craig feels for Martha's Vineyard can be felt on every page of A SHOOT ON MARTH'AS VINEYARD. Although this is the ninth entry in the series, the book retains an ocean freshness as each novel manages to renew the wonder of the land and its people. The story line is more of a mood piece with social issues playing a central role as opposed to an action thriller . The recurring characters are sharply drawn and clearly defined, which is superb for old fans as well as new readers who need to understand the players. This novel is a beautiful installment in a wondrous series that makes even murder seem like part of life's rhythms.
Harriet Klausner
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