J.W. Jackson Martha’s Vineyard Mystery Series

    Wow!  I can’t believe how fast I’m going through the books!  When you find a good author it is really hard to put the books down.  If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’ve been reading The J.W. Jackson, Martha’s Vineyard series by Philip A. Craig

I like to read series books in order because I don’t want to miss anything.  This series can be read out-of-order and the books would still be great, but he does write them with references to previous experiences.  Each of his books are fresh and new with many of the same characters, but new and totally different problems. 

I’ve finished three more books in this series; #1o A Fatal Vineyard Season, #11 Vineyard Blues, & #12 Vineyard Shadows and I am almost finished with book #13 Vineyard Enigma.  Each of these books were just as good as the last.  To pick a favorite would be very hard.  I’m not going to give a synopsis of each of these books, because once you start reading this series you will be just as interested in reading the next book as I am.  I love these cozy mysteries.  Happy Reading.  Kathryn


A Shoot on Martha’s Vineyard

A Shoot on Martha’s Vineyard is book #9 in Philip R. Craig’s Martha’s Vineyard series.  In this book Hollywood comes to the island to shoot a movie.  Jeff is hired to show a film scout around the island.  While showing film scout, Mondry, around he has a physical run-in with Lawrence Ingalls who is a biologist for the State Department of Environment Protection.  Later Mondry is found dead on the beach next to his car and Jeff is the one to find the body.  Jeff is now the main suspect in Mondry’s murder.   So, along with taking care of his new son with his wife, Zee, and playing tour guide for Mondry, Jeff also ( against the police warnings) sets out to clear his name. 

If you haven’t read this series and love cozy mysteries as much as I do, add this author and series to your reading list.  It is one of the best series I’ve read.  Off now to start book #10,  A Fatal Vineyard Season.  Happy Reading.  Kathryn

A Deadly Vineyard Holiday

You know the popular saying from the movie “You had me from Hello”?  Well, that’s how I feel about this Martha’s Vineyard series I’m reading by Philip R. Craig.  Every book so far has had me from the first page.  I just can’t put them down! 

In this book, A Deadly Vineyard Holiday, J.W. meets the Presidents teenage daughter on the beach while fishing.  She is running away from her secret service agents because she just wants a normal holiday vacation like every other teenage girl, but that is a little hard when you are the daughter of the President of the USA.  It is even harder when it seems someone is out to harm her.  Fearing that the “someone” may be one of those assigned to protect the President and his family, a decision is made to have her stay with Jeff and Zee a few days. 

I’m sure you will enjoy this book as much as I did.  I’m off now to start the next book in the series, A Shoot on Martha’s Vineyard.  Happy reading!  Kathryn

A Case of Vineyard Poison

I just finished another of Philip R. Craig’s Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries.  This one, A Case of Vineyard Poison, takes place 3 weeks before Jeff and Zee’s wedding.  Have you ever wished money would just appear in your bank account?  Well, that’s what happened to Zee.  When they stopped at the ATM for Zee to get some cash she noticed that the balance on her receipt was much higher than it should be – 100 thousand higher!  With no banks open until Monday, she couldn’t acquire as to why – probably just a computer glitch is their thought.  By the end of the week-end the money was gone from her account.  Easy come, easy go.

Put the mysteriously appearing and disappearing money together with Jeff finding a young woman dead in his driveway and you have the makings of a great mystery.  Another very good cozy mystery by a very good author.  I am really enjoying this series.  Off to read the next book, Death on a Vineyard Beach.  Happy Reading.  Kathryn

The Double Cross

I think this is the best book yet in Clare O’Donohue’s Someday Quilts Mystery series!  The Double Cross takes Nell Fitzgerald and a few of her quilting group to a Bed & Breakfast in upstate New York to teach a week-long quilting class.  When they get to the Inn, they find the place in a very rundown state and the group of people signed up to take the class are not your typical quilters.  The B&B owners are childhood friends of one of the ladies in Nell’s quilting group, but they have not been in contact with each other for more than 40 years. 

The women are wondering if they should have come when things start to disappear and one of the B&B owners is found dead, covered with a quilt, and a gunshot wound to the heart.  Naturally Nell and her group are obsessed with finding out who did it when the police are focussed on one of their own. 

The Double Cross is a quilt block and the perfect name for this book.  I’m not going to give too much away, but I highly recommend this book.  There is one more book in this series, The Devil’s Puzzle, which came out this year.  I must find this book.  Happy Reading!  Kathryn

A Drunkard’s Path

I just finished another great book!  As a knitter, sewer, quilter, etc. I love good books that are centered around my crafts.  This series is a quilter’s mystery and drunkard’s path is a quilt pattern with lots of curves.  I’d say it is a pretty good name for a book with many twists and turns of it’s own. 

 A Drunkard’s Path is the 2nd book by author Clare O’Donohue in the Someday Quilts Mystery series featuring Nell Fitzgerald.  Nell is a 20 something young woman who, after having her heart-broken, has moved to a small town and lives with her Grandmother.  Her Grandmother owns a quilt shop.  The quilting circle that meets every Friday night in the quilt shop consists of women of all ages, from 20’s to 70’s.  Nell has become a part of their circle and has enlisted these women to help her solve the mystery of the death of a woman whose body was found nearby.  This is against police chief Jess Dewalt’s wishes.  He as told her numberous times to stay out of police business.  But, Nell has a very inquisitive nature and just can’t leave it alone. 

I really am enjoying this series and have started book #3 in the series, The Double Cross.  More later!  Happy Reading!  Kathryn

The Lover’s Knot

I’ve reserved the  next few books in the Martha’s Vineyard series I am reading and I am patiently waiting for them to come in via the  interloan service our library provides.  Meanwhile, I was browsing through the new books at the library, I came across a new quilting mystery.  It was book #3 in a series.  I read so many books that I sometimes forget if I’ve read a particular author or series.  That was the case with this series.  It sounded familiar, but I just wasn’t sure if I read this one or not.  So, when in doubt re-read!  I picked up all three books in the series.  What series you ask – it is the Someday Quilts Mystery series by Clare O’Donohue .  The first book in the series is The Lover’s Knot

I am certain I read this book a while ago when it first came out in 2008.  The series is about a young woman, Nell, who is about to get married when she is dumped by her fiance.  She takes some time to gather her thoughts and heal her broken heart at her grandmother’s.  Her grandmother owns a quilt shop in a small town.  When her grandmother falls down a flight of stairs, breaking her leg, Nell decides to stay a while longer and help out her grandmother.  Nell then finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when she discovers the body of her grandmother’s handyman in the quilt shop.  The book is a fun cozy read that I enjoyed just as much the second time around.  I am off to read the 2nd book in the series, A Drunkard’s Path.  Happy Reading.  Kathryn