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Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues

(Jesse Stone #10)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  9,971 ratings  ·  564 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 ...more
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Published September 13th 2011 by Random House Audio
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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 ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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 ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Steven Belanger
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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,
Carl Alves
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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. ...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 ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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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.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Jesse Stone novels and purchased this one in hardback a long time ago. I finally read it the other day, because the other two books I am reading are difficult reads for me - was looking for a quick easy break from them! While this was not quite up to par with the Parker Stone books, I did like it and will probably read other Jesse Stone novels that might be released in the future. It is heavy on dialogue and light on descriptive text.
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.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this novel tight, interesting and a fun read. I think it is well worth your time. Since there maybe contrasting opinions, judge for yourself and let fellow readers know. 9 of 10 stars
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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
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
I have always loved Robert Parker books. This one did not disappoint.
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
“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
Michael P.
It is far too clear that Michael Brandman is a TV writer and producer. The main difference I can detect between the late Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone novels and this one is Brandman’s TV-like tendency to wrap up all the character’s storylines in the most positive and hopeful way possible, even when that stretches credulity to the point that it breaks. Parker’s work was far murkier with less hope for happy outcomes. There are other smaller indicators. The dialog does not read like Parker’s. ...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 ...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
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 ...more
Johnnie Gee
Feb 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Michael Brandman is an acclaimed novelist, screenwriter, and motion picture & television producer.

His Jesse Stone novels, KILLING THE BLUES, FOOL ME TWICE, and DAMNED IF YOU DO, each based on characters created by the late Robert B. Parker, are all New York Times best sellers.

Together with Tom Selleck, he has written and produced nine Jesse Stone films for television, the tenth of which will

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