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Somewhat Tiresome, but Good Detective Novel
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
The Jesse Stone books get somewhat tiresome the more your read. OK, we know he loves sex, and he visits a shrink (but do we have to be there for every weekly visit?), although he finally dropped Jenn (at least we hope). Nevertheless, the underlying detective story is usually good and Jesse's skill at solving the mysteries is high. Otherwise, who wants to read over and over again about his sexual exploits and his psychoanalysis? I suppose every mystery writer has to have non-mystery sub-plots (e.g. Sherlock Holmes drug use and his relationship with Dr. Watson), but at least they do not dominate half the book. For these reasons, I stopped reading Jesse Stone at No. 9 (and also skipped a couple).