Top positive review
And enjoyable series with a few drawbacks
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2018
I just started reading the Jesse Stone books, after a couple of decades of Robert Parker‘s other series, Spenser, I like the setting and I like the main character, and the peripheral characters. I even like the crossover characters from the Spenser books, but I am so sick of Jenn and the fact that their relationship has been dog paddling in a circle for five books At first it was an interesting character element, drunken homicide cop, dumped by his wife, kicked off the job, and only fixing his relationship can fix him, but with 1/3 of every book dedicated to whining about it I find myself skimming as quickly as I can as soon as I see her name. She makes me long for the smug relationship between Susan Silverman and Spenser that has annoyed me for 30 or 40 books. in an actual person this would be annoying, as a plot device it’s flat painful. That said the 2/3 of this book that I actually read was very entertaining. The mystery is good, the cop shop stuff is even better (A little sexist in places) and the resolution was satisfying with a good twist. A good book that could’ve been better.