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

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  9,014 Ratings  ·  521 Reviews
It's tourist season in Paradise, Massachusetts. With it comes a baffling and violent crime wave that has residents on edge. It's also brought a mysterious figure who's stirring up troubling memories for Chief of Police Jesse Stone--especially when it appears the stranger is out for revenge.
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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After Robert B. Parker died his family decided to farm out his characters to other writers, and that’s tricky business. However, the hiring of Ace Atkins to take over Spenser turned out to be an inspired choice that revitalized the series. I’d had a fairly low opinion of the Jesse Stone books, but oddly enough had liked the TV movies based on them starring Tom Selleck because they’d toned down the elements I didn’t care for and turned them into a well crafted set of low key mysteries with a broo ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mark by: Tom Selleck
When Robert B Parker died and for some odd reason the TV movies were stopped on TV it left Jesse Parkers adventures stalled. Jesse Parker easily being Parkers most enjoyable leading character in my humble opinion was well and rounded written and his TV version was easily one of my favorite TV policemen in recent years with the brilliant performance of Tom Selleck.

Here is the 1st continuation novel after the passing of Robert B Parker into the next level of existence. One would expect a drop in q
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Steven Belanger
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it's not Mr Parker but it is still an enjoyable read. Jesse is confronted first by car thieves at the start of the summer season and then by a former inmate he incarcerated years ago. He also finds time to sort out bullying at the local High School and start a new relationship. I think it is fair to say the plot is busier than the previous novels and that Mr Brandman is not as pithy a writer as Mr Parker so it depends on what you like but I found it enjoyable
Giovanni Gelati
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Carl Alves
I had previously read one of Parker's novels in the Jesse Stone series and I absolutely hated it. With a new author on board, I figured I would give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised. There were multiple story lines going on this novel. The most prominent is an ex-con Stone had seriously messed up while he was drunk and angry coming after him in Paradise. A car theft ring with mob ties ends up in murder. A bullied girl holds her principal at gun point, and Stone develops a love interest. I ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
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I did not really like this installment. You knew the entire plot before it really took off, all that was left was just figuring out when it was going to happen. Sunny was written off and oh look he meets a new one.....very little character development there. Writing is good as always but the storyline left me wanting.
Gloria Bernal
Author and award-winning producer Michael Brandman has picked up the continuation of Robert Parker's Jesse Stone series. I've seen the made-for-TV movies, since my spouse is a fan, but hadn’t read any of the novels. I picked this up from my hubby’s stack to browse through and in a few hours found I had read the whole thing and enjoyed the easy flow. For those that haven't watched the movies, the part of Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone is portrayed by Tom Selleck, and a couple of the characters ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert B. Parker created some of the best characters in the genre of detective fiction, people that have their flaws, yet are principled and manage to solve the crimes. Although not always using conventional means. His tales of the characters of Spenser with entourage, Sunny Randle and Jesse Stone are characterized by some of the best dialog ever to appear in detective novels. This book, written after Parker’s death, is a continuation of that style.
Brandman captures the essence of Jesse Stone
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast and entertaining. A few dodgy parts, but picturing Tom Sellek along the way helped.
Mary Beth
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Robert Parker books. This one did not disappoint.
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Jesse Stone novel written after Robert B. Parker's death in 2010 by Michael Brandman. For the most part, I found this to be very comparable to Parker's novels with crisp and witty dialogue and a fast-paced story. The story starts out with some car thefts in Paradise which eventually lead to the murder of a man whose car is being stolen. Jesse enlists the help of Gino Fish, the Boston mobster, to try to put an end to the thefts and potential other killings. Jesse also moves from ...more
Philip Virta
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jerry B
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
Johnnie Gee
Feb 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
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Michael Brandman is a producer and writer, known for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990), Monte Walsh (2003) and Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005). He is married to Joanna Miles. They have one child. He's 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 ...more
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Other books in the series

Jesse Stone (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Night Passage (Jesse Stone, #1)
  • Trouble In Paradise (Jesse Stone, #2)
  • Death In Paradise (Jesse Stone, #3)
  • Stone Cold (Jesse Stone, #4)
  • Sea Change (Jesse Stone, #5)
  • High Profile (Jesse Stone, #6)
  • Stranger In Paradise (Jesse Stone, #7)
  • Night And Day (Jesse Stone, #8)
  • Split Image (Jesse Stone, #9)
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