The eighth Jesse Stone mystery novel Night and Day is as formulaic as they come. This time, that doesn’t get in the way of a pretty decent mystery. There is a peeping Tom lurking in Paradise and a school principal is in trouble for running an underwear check before a school dance. Paradise police chief Jesse Stone is still not over his ex.
Robert B. Parker (Spenser, Sunny Randall, and Jesse Stone) is pumping out thrillers as quickly as McDonald’s burgers and it shows in the generic story development. The principal’s wife is a big shot lawyer so he puts pressure on the D.A. who puts pressure on Jesse Stone who puts pressure on the big shot lawyer. The peeping Tom is a decent enough villain though not particularly menacing.
This said, this Robert Parker mystery still makes for a decent read and a much better one that recent paperbacks like Spare Change or Blue Screen (Sunny Randall), Hundred-Dollar Baby (Spenser) or High Profile (Stone).
Parker manages not to down this whodunit in long passages involving Stone and his ex-wife Jen nor in particularly long psychobabble encounters with his shrink.
The peeping Tom story is interesting enough though a minor crime makes for a minor thrill.
Night and Day is a good beach read and if you happen to forget the book on the beach it is no big deal.
Other Robert B. Parker Reviews
Cold Service - A Spenser Mystery: A little less than a Spenser novel should be.
Double Play: Double Play, a suspense built around the story of baseball great Jackie Robinson
Melancholy Baby - A Sunny Randall Mystery: An entertaining whodunit.
Sea Change - A Jesse Stone Mystery: The fifth Jesse Stone novel and a solid read.
School Days - A Spenser Mystery: One of the better Spenser mystery novels. No Hawk, no Silverman.
Jesse Stone : Death In Paradise DVD: Third Jesse Stone DVD starring Tom Selleck, really really good mystery.
Jesse Stone: Night Passage DVD: First Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone second DVD in the series.
Hundred-Dollar Baby - A Spenser Mystery: A dreadful Spenser mystery. A waste of time and money
Blue Screen - A Sunny Randall Mystery: Very ordinary Sunny Randall mystery with stupid ending.
Jesse Stone : Sea Change DVD: Good stuff if subdued
High Profile - A Jesse Stone Mystery: Readable? Yes. Believable? Hmmm.
Spare Change - A Sunny Randall Mystery: Sunny Randall and her dad team up to find a serial killer. Not a bad novel.
High Profile - A Jesse Stone Mystery: Banal mystery by writer who puts out too much.
Jesse Stone - No Remorse DVD: Very moody but very good made for TV mystery
Rough Weather - A Spenser Mystery: Decent enough for a later Spenser.
Painted Ladies - A Spenser Novel: 39th Spenser and as ordinary as the last 12 or so
Jesse Stone - Innocents Lost DVD: 2011 TV movie. Good but formulaic
Jesse Stone - Benefit of the Doubt DVD: Eighth in the series and just as good.