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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Recorded Books LLC (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402588453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402588457
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,600,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As usual, Philip Craig provides another good summer read.
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I would add that the trick is usually followed immediately by the death of the one confessing, so that there is no chance of the solution being questioned.
Roger Long
Although he's not supposed to snoop, J.W. can't resist and he learns more than he ever wanted to about who used to sleep with whom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on April 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For many of us, bombarded daily by drive by stereo blasts and out of control partying neighbors, the latest Martha's Vineyard vigilante would be a hero. In a time when basic human consideration of others seems to have gone by the wayside, the individual dubbed "the Silencer" by many appeals to J. W. Jackson's sensibilities as the individual goes around the island permanently silencing those who play excessively loud music. Or at least, what passes for music these days. But when his young daughter, Diana, unwittingly witnesses a murder he isn't nearly as amused or complacent.

The victim Diana saw, while on the family's sailboat, as something indistinguishable falling was Ollie Mattes who was acting as night watchman for a home under construction. Hated by its neighbors and the local homeowners association, Ron Pierson's extravagant future mansion sat at the top of the North Neck bluffs on one end of Chappaquidick. The multi story home had been the site of repeated vandalism, the most recent being the destruction of all the windows. Now it had become the site of murder as well as Ollie Mattes was bludgeoned and pitched over the edge to smash into the rocks along the shoreline below.

Before long, J.W. is once again dragged into investigating crime and murder on the Vineyard. With a cast of suspects an arm long and many of them interrelated by birth or marriage, J.W. works hard to uncover a killer who continues to lash out and kill for reasons eluding both the police and J. W.

This is the fifteenth in the series and as such, long time readers of this cozy series know exactly what to expect. J. W.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Buttner VINE VOICE on August 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I picked up "Murder at a Vineyard Mansion" hoping to expand the grouping of mystery series I've come to enjoy. While I generally prefer the somewhat less "hardcore" mysteries, I found this book a bit too peaceful and uninteresting.

There are two plots to this book - a murder mystery and a tale of a criminal called the Silencer who is somehow destroying sound systems across Martha's Vineyard. The Silencer plot seems at times to be more interesting than the murder mystery. The main action of the book throughout mostly focuses on the main character gallavanting throughout Martha's Vineyard and having numerous conversations with people hoping to piece together clues that will help him solve these two mysteries. Also closely connected are events involving a new computer that the main character's kids have been on his back to purchase.

I think the major problem with this mystery was that I never really developed any sort of attachment to the characters. The major protagonist, a retired cop named J.W., is a prime example. He's apparently retired, yet seems to get involved in these private investigations for no particular reason and sort of unofficially reports to the police department. He's an okay character, but I never really feel any sort of suspense or danger with him, or much interest in his doings. The mystery he's trying to solve seems wholely uninteresting, mainly involving a bunch of people who almost seem like they'd be better off dead. The mystery just sort of wraps up at the end, without a very interesting conclusion, leaving everything back to the status quo.

This was a mildly okay read, but I'm not really motivated to seek out any other books in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Skinner on April 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A man working at a mansion falls off a cliff, and then another man dies. People are related in twisted ways, making this story difficult to follow at times, but the identity of both the murderer and the "silencer" (a side story related to someone who doesn't like hiphop music) are easy to guess in this subpar entry in an excellent series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Promise on May 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I picked the audio version of this book up in the library to while away the many miles I had to spend on long commutes, many without radio contact. I'm not a particular fan of mysteries but I have enjoyed the ones I have read. This was OK...I managed to listen to the whole thing, mostly because it was better than nothing. I read here that this was the last one in a long series, and other reviewers have commented that it's one of the weaker ones.

Perhaps because I was listening and not reading, I had a hard time telling one character from another. There was a string of ex-girlfriends of one the murder victims, but other than the one who invited our hero, the amateur detective, to have sex with her, they all blended into one person in my mind. I think the trouble was that there was very little action involving the many characters--we mostly just hear about them, through others. There were a lot of complicated relationships--ex-husbands, half-brothers, bastards, etc. etc. I needed a score card to keep them straight, and as none of them was very interesting, I didn't bother. As another reader said, this would make a poor movie...it's all talk. Once I knew whodunnit, I turned off the cassette and didn't look back. I didn't care about any of them.

Mosly what one hears (or reads) is a whole lotta talk about this character, J. W. Something, the hero/narrator/sorta-detective. We know more about him than anyone would care to....his opinions of the rich folks on the island, (bad), environmentalists (bad), cops (not so great-- he used to be one and hated it), his wife (oo-la-la), answering machines (bad), blue fish (good), microbrewed ale (yes) horses (bad), his son (adorable), his daughter (adorable), church (bad), sex (good), fishing (very good).
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