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Off Season (A Martha's Vineyard Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – June 28, 2005
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He's called upon to do some amateur sleuthing when a man with a seamy past is murdered with an arrow. A Providence gangster shows up and detracts from the plot. J.W. goes around without a detective's license interrogating suspects, and they tell him an awful lot, more than is credible for my money.
It's so full of Island lore and local color that it seems intended to whet the appetites of future Vineyard visitors or satisfy those who know the place.
J.W.'s romance with Zee is an important part of the narrative. The story starts off with a battle between the animal rights people and the hunters. Characterization is not one of Craig's strong points, and some elements of his plotting seem phony. Blackmail and kinky sex figure in the plot.
People on Vineyard beaches and elsewhere may find this a relaxing read that certainly won't overtax their minds, but they may have difficulty when it comes to the credulity test. The background Vineyard stuff is very authentic though, and J.W.'s cozy lifestyle may lull them into a state of forgiveness.
The books are in the hard-boiled detective genre, and the hero, J.W. Jackson, is a poor man's Philip Marlowe, sharing his wise-cracking, tough-guy, literary-and-intelligent-but-without-airs, independent-personal-moral-code characteristics, the one difference being that Jackson finds true love.
It is no insult, of course, to note that author Craig is no Raymond Chandler, and, as hard-boiled mysteries go, these are fairly tepid stuff, good enough to keep you turning the pages, but completely forgettable as mysteries.
What makes the books wonderful for me is the loving, detailed, depiction of Martha's Vineyard. Craig, like his protagonist, became a year-round islander, and he describes all aspects of the Vineyard -- its people, its places, its rhythms -- with perfect accuracy and appreciation. Anyone who loves the Vineyard will be transported by these aspects of the books. I'm afraid others may be left cold. This is the kind of a book where the character can be making a routine meal, on a routine day in his Vineyard home and suddenly declare "Fat City!" with joy at these simple pleasures. Such writing would make me roll my eyes, if I didn't know exactly how he felt. As it is, I simply sigh with pleasure.
So, on to book six, and thank you Mr. Craig.
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Philip R. Craig has passed but his books lives on and his mysteries on Martha's Vineyard. it really tells you about the island and I do enjoy these books.Published 15 months ago by Curtrenton
I've read most of philip craig's books....they all take place on Martha's vineyard........a beautiful place to visit.............. Read morePublished on May 17, 2010 by Patricia A. Piche
If you love the Vineyard at any time of year you'll love these books. The mysteries are passably good. Read morePublished on November 5, 2009 by Michael J. Foy
Story was a bit bland and took me awhile to get read. Just wasn't a book I couldn't put down. The dry humor was good though.Published on October 27, 2009 by Susan
A light mystery read that takes place in Marthas Vineyard. The tale starts showly with a lot of local color and character background. Read morePublished on June 12, 2009 by H. Mazzeo
From the reviews I thought this was going to be good. Not worth the postage to ship it, but tells a little about scallop fishing!Published on February 23, 2009 by P. Holbrook
It is the OFF SEASON on Martha's Vineyard, the tourists are gone and the locals take over for murder and mayhem. Read morePublished on October 23, 2008 by Nash Black
This book held my interest from the start, it's not a page turner, however, it is a nice read.Published on June 26, 2008 by I. C. Daily