Benefit of the Doubt is the eighth Jesse Stone TV mystery starring Tom Selleck. This is a franchise you can depend on. Selleck is excellent in the title role, the story is again very interesting and original, and the movie itself features the usual gorgeous and moody cinematography. Benefit of the Doubt is all Jesse Stone as past developments have lead to secondary characters being pushed aside.
The mystery begins with the murder of two Paraside police officers. Stone is brought out of involuntary retirement or un-fired, to solve the murders. Conclusions are eeasy to reach as there was money and drugs found with the victims. This is, of course, too easy, and Stone starts prodding around.
The Jesse Stone series has its formulaic side. Benefit of the Doubt features the usual visit to Gino Fish, a conversation or two with used car dealer Hasty, a conversation or two with Stone's shrink and the State cop also on the case. These of course are part of the recipe that make the series so successful and interesting.
This is smart mystery TV. If you are not familiar with the Jesse Stone series, you really owe it to yourself to catch up. If you are, this one is as good as always.
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
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