As later in the series Spenser novels go Rough Weather is decent enough It is certainly not as good a mystery as early or middle Spenser books but it is better than School Days or Cold Service. Rough Weather is a comfy book for fans of the series who don't feel like making much of a detecting along effort. Parker himself does not make much of an effort.
Like the last third of Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels Rough Weather is a formulaic mystery thin on plot and big on semi witty exchanges. Here, Spenser gets hired by a wealthy matron to be her arm candy and bodyguard at her daughter's wedding. The Gray Man shows up at the wedding, the bride gets kidnapped, and Spenser decides to solve the kidnapping out of some macho code thing.
Even the appearance of the Gray Man, the series' best adversary, does little to make this Parker mystery especially interesting. Spenser spends a lot of time with Susan for not particular reason than to fill in the pages. Hawk shows up but he is limited to looking menacing, a few Uncle Tom type witticisms, and driving Spenser around.
The solve is especially bad; the kind of closure even a bad Matlock would not go for.
Spenser Rough Weather is an enjoyable airplane read you leave behind once you are done.
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.
Night and Day - A Jesse Stone Mystery: Good read and toss kind of mystery.
Jesse Stone - No Remorse DVD: Very moody but very good made for TV mystery
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.