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Death In Paradise (Jesse Stone #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,994 Ratings  ·  258 Reviews
This third entry in the Jesse Stone series finds Stone--a former LAPD cop fired for drinking on the job--serving as chief of police in the town of Paradise, Massachusetts, and investigating the murder of a teenaged girl whose decomposed body turns up in the local lake. As he follows slender threads of evidence into an ugly world of exploited teens, several subplots crisscr ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published November 5th 2001 by Putnam Adult (first published 2001)
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The police chief of a small town, Jesse Stone, is just trying to enjoy a beer with the fellas after a softball game when one of his teammates finds the murdered body of a teenage girl floating in a nearby lake. Don’t you just hate it when you can’t get away from work?

Trying to identify the dead girl and figure out who killed her will lead Jesse to a variety of people including terrible parents, a pretty school principal, a dangerous gangster, a drunken novelist, and a nun running a shelter for t
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
This is a serviceable detective thriller about the police chief of a small coastal town near Boston. The protagonist is an alcoholic who blew his career as a homicide detective in L.A. and his marriage, too. He's not a complete loner; he still meets his ex-wife frequently and starts a relationship with the head of the local high school...which interested me: The parts of the book where it is demonstrated that Stone has a life beyond his job mostly distract from rather than advance the plot. It's ...more
Janie Johnson
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This is book #3 in the Jesse stone series. I had not planned on reading this book at all for this month but I wanted a nice quick read to finish off my month and this was the perfect choice. This one was much better than the first 2 were, still a little subdued but more was going on than in the other ones. I was glad to see that.

Robert B. Parker is back in Paradise, where Detective Jesse Stone is looking for two things: the killer of a teenage girl—and someone, anyone, who is willing to
C.C. Thomas
I so enjoy reading Jesse Stone books. What I most like about them isn't necessarily the mystery (which is always superbly plotted), or the adventure (which is often knuckle-biting), it's the character of Jesse.

Jesse is a human with a lot of human mistakes. He is an alcoholic, not recovering, and has real issues with his on-again, off-again ex-wife. I love that Parker doesn't make any excuses for Jesse's behavior and that Jesse doesn't make any for himself. Usually, in a book, the character is re
Imagine my surprise when I found there was a Robert B Parker novel I had not read. I learned quite by accident I had "skipped" Death in Paradise. A quick trip to my local library and a few solid hours of reading remedied that. This novel was full of the snappy dialogue and action I remember. Parker was a treasure.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watched one of the Jesse Stone movies with Tom Selleck, and that reminded me I had several of the Jesse Stone books moldering on my Ipod. Opened up Death in Paradise, started listening and became enthralled.

I really enjoyed this. I've read a lot of Parker and liked the early Spenser very much. Once Susan entered the picture, they became less interesting. Jesse Stone is understated, his problems with booze real but not overly dramatized, and his relationships with girlfriends real. There is an un
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A blah book that was a lot too formulaic for my taste. It was very easy to read with simple thoughts and simple characters. The male lead was stereotypical and idiotic but still got all the ladies. Oy vey.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoying this authors clever character! Entertaining and good mix of adventure, humor and intrigue.
Paula Dembeck
This is Parker’s third book in the Jesse Stone series.

Jesse and his friends are relaxing after a baseball game when a young girl is found face down in a lake. She only has one shoe on and it appears she has been in the water for a while. When Jesse initially checks out the body, he finds a bullet hole behind her right ear that has exited on the other side of her head. Such a bullet would have been made by a gun fired at close range. It looks like she was shot and then dumped in the lake. There i
Loretta Gibson
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parker
I am beginning to really like almost everything about Jesse, the almost being Jenn. I could do with a little less of her. Parker has created great characters, good setting, plausible plots....this one relationship he has with Jenn tries my patience as I read the books. I hope this isn't going to be a pattern throughout the series.
This book was actually my first meeting with Jesse Stone in the guise of Tom Selleck. Yes indeed I saw the tv-movie and found it highly enjoyable. And indeed the film stays largely faithfull to the book, with the exception of Stone's exwife who plays a larger part in the books than the movies. I still think that the books did that far better than RB Parker ever did.

The story is about a murdered girl found and she is NOT MISSING because her family threw her out because she did not fit their ideal
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Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
First of all let me say that I love Jesse Stone, I love how he listens, I love how he responds, I love how thoughtful he is. Inside his head is a peaceful place, oh, unless he's thinking about work or Jenn or alcohol, unless.

Jesse once again has a murdered teenage girl on his hands, no identification and no missing person's report. A search for her parents leads to the high rent district and two people who deny any relationship whatsoever. But they are her parents, what went so wrong that they d
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Paradise Men's Softball League has wrapped up another game, and Jesse Stone is lingering in the parking lot with his teammates, drinking beer, swapping stories of double plays and beautiful women in the late summer twilight. But then a frightened voice calls out to him from the shore of a nearby lake. There, two men squat at the water's edge. In front of them, face down, is something that used to be a girl.
The local cops haven't seen anything like this before, but Jesse's LA past has made h
After finishing all of the non-deceased Robert B. Parker's "Spencer" series, I thought I would try some of his other books. I like protagonist Jesse Stone as a character, the setup and setting, but found his relationship with his ex-wife tedious. Like the Spencer series, the Jesse Stone series is also into "shrinks" and self-analysis as the Jesse and his ex work to deal with their personal issues and Jesse's apparent alcoholism. Despite this, there is a crime to solve - the murder of an adolesce ...more
I got this book because I really enjoy the Jesse Stone Movie series; I have not read his other novels. I think I will stick to the movies. I am not sure if I enjoy Tom Selleck or if the story is simple enough that, it just does not make a good book for me. The book came off much darker and more depressing than the movies. It left me sad, and I definitely do not want that. If you like a sad, haunting murder mystery, this may be the book for you.
Doug Willstead
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessie Stone lives, loves, and puts bad guys in their place.
Damn I really wish I knew someone to lean on like that.
Harry Lane
Timeless prose is not what Parker writes, but his books are nonetheless quite entertaining.
Una Tiers
Parker's usual dialogue falls into a he said, she replied format. Is this deliberate? This haunting mystery has characters woven seamlessly to the end.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these succinct stories with tightly-written short chapters, and plenty of character development about small-town Police Chief Jesse Stone. When I read this series, in my mind I see and hear Tom Selleck from the movie version. He is older than the book character, but he portrays Jesse so vividly. Jesse is a complicated but flawed character. He is an ex-minor league baseball player whose shoulder injury forced him out, a dogged police investigator, determined to find the murderer, introspec ...more
Richard Brand
This is so typical of Parker's books that I have read. The spenser snappy dialogue, the psychological stuff, the dog, the organized crime stuff, and he has added little baseball heroism. The story itself is not bad as the young girl is shot and dumped in to a lake and Jesse Stone is supposed to find out who shot her. There is all kinds of kinky human behavior in the story. There is a lot of causal sex that is "okay" and there is lots of sex that is not okay. Jesse and his Jenn have a unnatural r ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Parker is such a clean writer. No wasted words - enough description to get your imagination in gear and keep you reading.

It helps that there are well done movies of the Jesse Stone books - makes imagining the scenes a lot easier even though the place where Jesse lives is completely different in the books, he's at least 20 years younger than Tom Selleck's portrayal, and his ex-wife Jenn is not just a voice on the phone.

No matter - Death in Paradise works well. Easy to read - keeps you hooked an
Diane Heath
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Might be 3 1/2 rather than 4 but a decent novel. The first Jesse Stone tv movie I saw was based on this novel. Unlike the Spenser novels, Jesse Stone is not 40's style private eye but more an Old West type sheriff. The confrontation between Stone and Snyder as an example. Jesse walks a thin line between brutality/corruption and ensuring Justice is done. He phrases it as not in the right/wrong business but in the legal/illegal business. There is some ambiguity in how one might/should feel about J ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I apologize for this rating. Maybe it's because I listened to the audiobook, but I just could not get through the book. If it was just the story, I think it would have worked better but all the personal drama just seemed to get in the way.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Liked it the best of the first three in the series.
Sherry Hazen
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book because I had watched the television show. As always the character was better developed in the book. I like a well defined character.
This was a well written mystery. It kept me interested and guessing.
Ted Savage
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, easy read. The characters and dialogue were just like the made for TV movie.
John Maguire
Easy reading; a bit like McDonalds is easy eating.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun to read but Predictable.
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Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced.
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“Jeez, on those TV real-life cop shows they don’t do this. They got all kinds of guys with microscopes and computers figuring shit out.’ ‘We’re a small department,’ Jesse said. ‘We can’t afford smart people.’ ‘This could be a total waste of time,’ Simpson said. ‘Ah,’ Jesse said, ‘you are beginning to understand the intricacies of police work.” 0 likes
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