Vineyard Shadows by Philip R. Craig
A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

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It's just another gorgeous June day on Martha's Vineyard until J. W. Jackson and his young son, Joshua, arrive home from clamming to find an ambulance in the driveway and blood on the grass.
Two intruders have invaded their house. Little Diana is safe, but wife Zee has a split lip and a bruised cheek, not to mention the psychological trauma that goes with killing one man and wounding another. It was self-defense, but it's also a haunting memory that will stay with her forever.
The dead man and his accomplice weren't common burglars, that's for sure. They wanted one thing: to know the whereabouts of a man named Tom Rimini. Zee told the truth when she said she'd never heard of him. Too bad they didn't believe her. They should have asked J.W., who knows exactly who Tom Rimini is. He's the Boston schoolteacher-husband of J.W.'s ex-wife, Carla. J.W. hasn't seen Carla in fifteen years, but that's about to change: Rimini's on the run and J.W. offers his help.
As one who moved to Martha's Vineyard seeking tranquillity, J.W. despises the dark shadows that threaten his beloved island. He must broker a truce among some evil foes, or his life, and the lives of those he loves, may never be the same.
Rich with all the trademark charms of a Philip R. Craig Martha's Vineyard novel, including witty repartee and good food, Vineyard Shadows also gives us new insight into J.W. and Zee as they take an illuminating look at life's joys and sorrows. Both poignant and page-turning, this is summer entertainment at its best.
 

About Philip R. Craig

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The late Philip R. Craig was the author of nineteen novels in the Martha's Vineyard Mystery series. A professor emeritus of English at Wheelock College in Boston, he loved the Vineyard and lived there year-round with his wife, Shirley.
 
Published July 26, 2001 by Scribner. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Joe Begay, J.W.’s old Vietnam buddy, has sent his family away because he thinks he’s being hunted by a mysterious killer known as the Easter Bunny.

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finds that Zee has been threatened and injured by a pair of thugs sent to the island by mobster Sonny Whelen to find Tom Rimini, the schoolteacher husband of J.W.’s first wife, Carla, who lives on the mainland.

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Yet another chapter in the mostly idyllic life of ex-cop J.W. Jackson, living on Martha's Vineyard with his second wife, Zee, and their two small children (A Fatal Vineyard Season, 1999, etc.).

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In Craig's delightful 17th Martha's Vineyard mystery (after 2005's Vineyard Prey), ex-Boston cop J.W.

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and with the grudging okay of her mother, and under the watchful eye of a Secret Service agent playing big sister, Cricket is allowed to spend a couple of incognito days as the Jacksons' ""cousin Debby."" From the uptight security agents who descend to check things out J.W.

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Jackson, meanwhile, fearing that a now-missing Corrie is the arson victim, has been asked by friend Susanna to help identify the man who has been harassing her over the phone about her former life in the porn industry.

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Jackson searches for two ancient soapstone eagles allegedly stolen from African ruins, as well as for clues to his wife Zee's sudden detachment, in Craig's latest Vineyard mystery, a livelier, more original tale than his previous, 2001's Vineyard Shadows.

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Mundane domestic activities play as big a part as duplicitous drug dealers or menacing mobsters in Craig's latest leisurely Vineyard mystery (after 2000's Vineyard Blues) featuring ex-Boston cop J.W.

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Mundane domestic activities play as big a part as duplicitous drug dealers or menacing mobsters in Craig's latest leisurely Vineyard mystery (after 2000's Vineyard B

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