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Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (Jesse Stone #10)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  5,499 ratings  ·  379 reviews
The Jesse Stone stories continue even after Robert B. Parker’s passing with Killing the Blues. In this novel, Jesse Stone is faced with what begins as a rash of stolen cars and escalates into arson and murder as Stone uncovers how deep this crime wave really goes. All the while, Paradise, Massachusetts is preparing for summer tourism with the help of event planner Alexis R ...more
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I've been reading Robert B Parker's various series since forever and loved his witty dialogue and fast-paced action. When Parker died in 2011 I assumed that his characters would die with him. I was quite surprised to discover Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman and incorrectly assumed that Parker left a book unfinished and Brandman stepped in to complete the novel. Not so. This is Brandman through and through. Brandman only bases his version of this Jesse Stone novel on Park ...more
I was surprised by Michael Brandon's take on Jesse Stone. I hadn't intended to read the continuations of the Stone and Spenser series by other writers. But Kevin Tipple reviewed this one on his blog, Kevin's Corner, and it intrigued me enough to give it a try.

Author Brandon has worked in the worlds of Robert B. Parker for years now. He wrote some of the Spenser telemovies and recently on Tom Selleck's series of Jesse Stone films.

He's managed to capture Parker's style very easily in KILLING THE B
I always liked the Jesse Stone series better than Parker's Spenser novels. After his death, the series has apparently been taken over by Michael Brandman, and it's been a disappointment. He's tried to capture the staccato cadence of Parker's books and succeeded to some extent, but Stone has lost all subtlety and he's not as interesting a character. Meld that with several irrelevant side-plots that muddy things (cat, bullying, personal vendetta, another real estate agent squeeze, etc.) and one wo ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Greg rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not Parker fans!
Everyone is blessed with certain talents and attributes that can be developed into skills. One of mine is a well-honed skill of not writing like Robert B. Parker. And because I am so good at not writing like Parker, I can easily tell when others also don't write like Parker.

Michael Brandman doesn't write like Parker. It is apparent that he has studied Parker's writing style, probably talked with others who knew him well and had worked with him (family, friends, editorial team, etc.). The result
Steven Belanger
I wanted to dislike it because the continuation of someone else's baby by another writer just doesn't sit well with me--and they usually fail, or seem intent to just make money (see: James Bond). But Brandman does a good job here, keeping most of Parker's Jesse Stone while adding the inevitable small changes. Most of these changes work.

Jesse talks a little more; he actually sounds a bit more like Spenser. I thought the original character was too quiet, as Brandman apparently did. Parker also got
This is a "Robert B Parker" book written by Michael Brandman, who worked with Parker to produce the TV adaptations of Parker's books and also did the screenwriting. This is a Jesse Stone novel. It looks like Parker's books in that it uses unusually thick paper, wide margins, and the majority of short sentences have their own line - even one word sentences. Hence the book cover to cover is greater than an inch thick. However, if you counted words I would expect the number to be 1/3 to 1/2 the num ...more
Giovanni Gelati
I think like many fans saddened by the passing of Robert Parker, we were left with a question in our heads. Is this franchise going to be carried on and if so by whom? I have included Michael Brandman’s bio after the synopsis so if you have not heard of the author or his creds, now you do. I have to admit and have done so many times that I am a huge fan of Parker’s and his many franchises. Jesse Stone, the king of dialogue, is one of my favorites. I saw that this was set for release and I was of ...more
I have never read another Robert Parker novel (or another Jesse Stone story) (or Michael Brandman) so have nothing to compare this book to. My husband reads heavy books (history, non-fiction, etc.) and reads a light detective novel once in a while for a break. He insisted that I read this one because it was quick, humorous and had a cat in it. I was reluctant because I hate detective/mystery type novels, but he insisted. He said it was a very quick read and I would (again) find it humorous and " ...more
Jed Lamprey
I'm going to give this one three stars as a compromise. As a standalone book, a new character from a new author, it would rate 3.5 stars. As an attempt to take over a series for the late, great Robert B. Parker, it barely rates a 2. Brandman tries, but he really doesn't get the characters very well - Molly is much too confrontational in one scene, a quick action cameo from Vinnie Morris (of the Spenser series) is *way* off, and Jesse feels just a little too unstable. Jesse is supposed to be ice ...more
It's a daunting task to take over someone else's work. Brandman did that with Parker's Jesse Stone series. I wanted to like it, to see the books continue. However, I was very disappointed. The book is okay but the spark, energy, and humor that were in the previous books just doesn't shine though. The dialogue isn't as crisp and the story itself seemed far too thin. The worse part was the narrative. There was just something missing.

I don't know if I'll bother with anymore if they come out.
Don Crouch
Your reaction to the simple existence of a Jesse Stone novel written by someone who's not Robert B. Parker will likely define your approach to reading it.

If, like me, you are a long-time reader of the late, lamented Grand Master Parker, you will be rightly skeptical. The stylistic differences, coupled with clearly different skill-sets, will be off-putting. The choices Michael Brandman makes early in the book will drive you crazy. You might want to fling the book out a window, even.

If, however, y
We have a range of mixed feelings about “Killing The Blues”, a tenth entry in Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone set about a witty but competent Paradise, Mass., police chief. This is the first, however, written by author Michael Brandman at the request of the estate after Parker’s death; no doubt Brandman was picked for his screen-writing duties in the Jesse Stone films starring Tom Selleck. What bothered us was the telling of multiple stories – car thefts, a girl being bullied, a former convict ou ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Clearly Robert B. Parker is sorely missed. Michael Brandman’s KILLING THE BLUES “passes” as the maestro’s work. Though Parker and Brandman collaborated on the A & E TV Movie scripts, glaring storyline mistakes will jar true Parker fans. Jesse Stone is now the character as portrayed in said films. Hasty is out of prison and back on Paradise’s Selectman Committee. Really? Stone has moved from his condo to the house made popular in the Stone movie trilogy. Molly is there only for her quick bant ...more
“Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues” is the latest in the Jesse Stone series. With the sudden death of author Robert B. Parker in January 2010, this franchise now rest in the hands of Michael Brandman. Since Mr. Brandman has been the executive producer, among other duties, for the CBS movies it is hard to imagine who else would be better suited to pick up the series.

It is spring in Paradise, Massachusetts and at least some of the board of selectmen are still far more worried about the coming s
Philip Virta
Mr. Brandman did an admirable job taking on Jesse Stone and picking up where the wonderful Robert B. Parker left off. I have long been a fan of Parker's Spenser and Jesse Stone books and I wasn't disappointed by this one. Brandman's stone is just a little different than Parker's, but not in a bad way. You can definitely tell where Mr. Brandman is tying things in to the TV movies starring Tom Selleck, but again, it's not a bad thing. I'm glad to know someone is picking up the torch and carrying o ...more
Johnnie Gee
First off you can tell this book was not written by Robert Parker the drop off from plot to execution is dramatic and excruciating. If you want a character who tries to act tough by not giving people answers to good questions; someone who can solve all problems like:

Getting teenage girls who have bad problems to decide oh,we are doing something bad and wont again.

Getting someone you don't like knocked off.

Getting someone in the mob to suddenly decide to go straight because of the talk you give h
I was skeptical when I first started to read this book, as I really enjoyed reading Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, and Spencer books, and did not know if Michael Brandman could pull it off. I was presently surprised to find that he had.

This read much like Parker's Jesse Stone, with the short, to the point, and somewhat wise-guy dialog. He digs into Jesse's character flaws in the same manner as Parker, and works in the recurring characters like Lt. Healy, and the Boston Mass. area
Kevin Bresnahan
"Killing the Blues" is the first novel paying homage to the late Robert B. Parker, written by Michael Brandman. It is an excellent edition to the Jesse Stone series. Jesse encounters many changes: Jen and Sunny are gone, plus Jesse moves from the condo to a secluded home by the sea. However, Jesse has to deal with several conflicts: the mob committing carjackings, girls bullying girls at school, and an old adversary from LA returns to get revense. Oh yeah, plus a new love interest who many compl ...more
The first of the "in the style of Robert B. Parker" books that I have read. Joan Parker and the Publisher approved the continuation of the series. It's not Robert B, but it's close enough that as an audio book, and in the Jesse Stone series, it was fine. I'm not sure how I'll feel about someone else putting words in Hawk or Spenser's mouth, but that too, awaits to be seen. If Ludlum and Chandler can go on (And it was Parker who wrote one of the Chandler stories), then I guess so can Robert B Par ...more
SPOILER ALERT---I reveal an insignificant plot detail below. Since the entire book was pretty insignificant, I don't know that that matters, but don't read on if it does matter to you---SPOILER ALERT

Robert Parker's Jesse Stone novels never hit the true note that his Spenser novels reach. (Although Tom Selleck does greatly improve the Jesse Stone character in his TV series.)

Unfortunately, when Michael Brandman began ghost-writing for Parker, the Jesse Stone series deteriorated even more. Instead
William Bentrim
Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman

This book is a continuation of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone novels. Brandman, a friend of Parkers, was given permission by Parker's widow and encouraged by Parker's publisher to continue the series. The main story is a dark episode from the past haunts Jesse Stone and an up and coming mobster is threatening Paradise.

Brandman did a very good job emulating the repartee one expected from a Parker novel. The give and take between Spencer and Hawk were the defi
Crys (The Hodgenator)
I wasn't too sure how I was going to feel about reading a Jesse Stone novel NOT written by Parker himself. So when I saw this book at the library, I picked it up to read Brandmann's credentials. It was then I decided to check out all three Stone novels he has written.

Upon starting this novel, I was a little disappointed. It was a reminder that Parker is no longer alive, and no longer carrying on the Stone story; however, very soon it became clear that Brandman does get the character of Jesse Sto
KILLING THE BLUES finds police chief Jesse Stone still engaged in working the streets of his usual turf of Paradise, Massachusetts as the town gears up for the summer tourist season. The tale begins with the theft of some Honda vehicles and progresses through a car-jacking gone wrong, the release of a convicted felon with an axe to grind where Jesse is concerned, Jesse's roll in solving the problems confronting a young high school student, and a few murders, not to mention the expansion of a Bos ...more
I was a little worried about reading a book that was not written by Robert B Parker, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one about Jesse Stone. It seemed to have the same quirks and foibles that Jesse had when Robert B Parker was writing this story. I picked this up today at the store and started to read the first chapter and could not put it down. This is one of those that can be read in a couple of hours because the entire book is mostly one line of dialogue with double spacing. So the 300 page book ...more
Parker's legacy continues...Brandman catches the essance of Jessie Stone...I love it!!!...Jessie and the Paradise crew confront an organized crime-run auto thet ring as well as some evil from Jessie's past as a LA detective...I always like the straightforward self-analysis of Jessie as he copes with his life in Paradise...a great effort by Brandman and I'm happy with I wish someone would resurrect John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee!!!
After listening to a couple long audiobooks (14 disks each) thought it was time for something a little shorter. This story fit the bill!! Not real exciting, but a good story nonetheless. Really liked the fact that they portrayed the small town chief police as a caring individual who really influenced the lives of many of the town's residents. If you're looking for a quick read / listen, this is a good one!! 7 out of 10 for me.
As a Jessie Stone novel, this book was a train wreck. The characters were all wrong, the pacing was off, and the amateur psychology was just childish.

The authors treatment of the Jessie/Sunny relationship was unacceptable to me and I almost stopped reading at the "out of sight, out of mind" comment. Robert B. Parker would never have been that cavalier about anything and I thought it was an insult to one of his best characters in Sunny.

Even if you view this as just a mystery novel and not someone
Admitedly, I began this book with some misgivings; Mr. Brandman has tried to re-create Robert B. Parker's characters, but as in similar ventures, "the original is still the greatest". Of course, I feel the same way about the numerous attempts to resurrect James Bond.

The only virtues in this book are a quick read and a fairly cinematic plot; you can tell Brandmann is a television writer.

This was okay for what it was (a Jesse Stone TV movie screenplay), but it's really not anything like what Robert B. Parker wrote. Jesse's not a cat person, for starters. Plus, the original Jesse was a man of very few words, and this Jesse talks way too much. The author should skip riding the coattails of a genius author and stick to TV movie screenplays as a way to keep the character alive.
I really enjoyed this continuation of the Jesse Stone series. Watching Tom Selleck in the tv versions of the books has enhanced my enjoyment of the books, and while reading this book, I could picture and hear Tom's character, as well as Healy, Molly, Suitcase, Dix, and the other regulars of the series. The dialogue was great.
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An award-winning producer of more than thirty motion pictures, he collaborated with Robert B. Parker on more than a dozen of them. Together they wrote the screenplay for Tom Selleck's TNT movie Monte Walsh. Brandman produced and Parker wrote three Spenser films for A&E, and their collaboration continued with the Jesse Stone TV movies currently broadcast on CBS. Brandman lives in California.
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