Jesse Stone Mysteries

17 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,381 ratings

Death in Paradise Publisher's Summary

Chief of Police Jesse Stone returns to investigate the murder of a troubled teenager in a seemingly bucolic New England town.

The Paradise Men's Softball League has wrapped up another game, and Jesse Stone is lingering in the parking lot with his teammates, drinking beer, swapping stories of double plays and beautiful women in the late-summer twilight. But then a frightened voice calls out to him from the edge of a nearby lake. There, two men squat at the water's edge. In front of them, facedown, was something that used to be a girl.

The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned; she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.

©2001 Robert B. Parker (P)2001 New Millenium Audio, All Rights Reserved
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • Death in Paradise

    • A Jesse Stone Novel
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Robert Forster
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 276
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned; she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Writing not good for audio.

    • By Catherine on 09-22-17

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 4

    • Stone Cold

    • Jesse Stone, Book 4
    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Robert Forster
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178

    In Stone Cold, Police Chief Jesse Stone has a problem - actually, two problems - dead bodies turning up, and no clues. A man takes his dog out for a run on the beach, only to be discovered hour later with two holes in his chest. A woman drives her Volvo to the mall to do some grocery shopping, never makes it back to her house and is found dead. Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is difficult, and with the added pressures from the town selectmen and media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. The harder these outside forces push against him, the more Jesse retreats into himself, convinced - despite all the odds - that it's up to him alone to stop the killing.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • a lot of foul language

    • By Revel Marlow on 03-11-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • Sea Change

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 293
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    When a woman's partially decomposed body washes ashore in Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone is forced into a case far more difficult than it initially appears. Identifying the woman is just the first step in what proves to be an emotionally charged investigation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jessie is the man!

    • By Jas on 04-23-06

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 6

    • High Profile

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 141

    When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case. When another dead body, that of a young woman, is discovered just a few days later, the pressure to solve the crimes becomes almost unbearable.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Parker in a while

    • By hwhhwh1 on 02-23-07

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 7

    • Stranger in Paradise

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    Apache hitman "Crow" Cromartie's mission is simple: find young Amber Francisco and bring her back to her father, Louis, in Florida. It should be an easy payday for a pro like Crow, but there are complications. Amber, now living in squalor with her mother, Fiona, is mixed up with members of a Latino gang. And when Louis orders Crow to kill Fiona before heading back with Amber, he can't follow through.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jesse and Crow - the next Spenser and Hawk?

    • By Ross on 02-11-08

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 8

    • Night and Day

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    Police chief Jesse Stone has received his share of unusual calls, but none can top the one from the local junior high school. When reports of lewd conduct by the school's principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station, Jesse is faced with a particularly delicate situation. Jesse, of course, would like nothing more than to see the prim, peculiar Ingersoll punished. But Betsy Ingersoll is married to the managing partner of the biggest law firm in the state, and Jay Ingersoll wants the matter buried.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really Liked It

    • By Me & My Girls on 03-13-15

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 9

    • Split Image

    • By: Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 133

    The body in the trunk was just the beginning.
               
    Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable “retirement” with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca’s twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach.
               
    Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse’s help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects—and with each other.


    From the Compact Disc edition.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mourning

    • By Carolyn on 03-08-10

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 10

    • Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues

    • A Jesse Stone Novel
    • By: Michael Brandman
    • Narrated by: Robert B. Parker, James Naughton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 166

    Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increases when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • NOT Parker

    • By S. Wells on 09-19-11

    Regular price: $21.00

  • Book 11

    • Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice

    • A Jesse Stone Novel
    • By: Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker (creator)
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 172

    Autumn in Paradise, Massachusetts, is usually an idyllic time - but not this year. A Hollywood movie company has come to town, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is very beautiful, reasonably talented, and scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Jesse's in good hands

    • By Barbara on 09-13-12

    Regular price: $21.00

  • Book 12

    • Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do

    • A Jesse Stone Novel
    • By: Michael Brandman
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    The woman on the bed was barely out of her teens. She wasn't exactly beautiful, but she'd tried to make the most of her looks. And now, alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead. Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn't know her name. Whoever she is, she didn't deserve to die. Jesse starts digging, only to find himself caught in the crosshairs of a bitter turf war between two ruthless pimps. And more blood will spill before it's over.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad; but not Parker.

    • By Me & My Girls on 10-07-13

    Regular price: $21.00

  • Book 13

    • Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot

    • Jesse Stone, Book 13
    • By: Reed Farrel Coleman, Robert B. Parker (Created by)
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266

    It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York City hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been. He left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jesse Stone is Back--Properly

    • By David Lea on 10-10-14

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 14

    • Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins

    • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266

    In the wake of a huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building in an industrial part of Paradise known as The Swap. One body, a man's, wrapped in a blue tarp, is only hours old. But found within feet of that body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing during a Fourth of July celebration 25 years earlier.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I Miss You RBP

    • By Me & My Girls on 09-14-15

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 15

    • Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay

    • Jesse Stone, Book 15
    • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254

    All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn't too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it's the work of Mr. Peepers.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • RB Parker would have not written this.

    • By John S. Johnston on 09-25-16

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 16

    • Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet

    • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    Jesse Stone, still reeling from the murder of his fiancée by crazed assassin Mr. Peepers, must keep his emotions in check long enough to get through the wedding day of his loyal protégé, Suitcase Simpson. The morning of the wedding, Jesse learns that a gala 75th birthday party is to be held for folk singer Terry Jester. Jester, once the equal of Bob Dylan, has spent the last 40 years in seclusion after the mysterious disappearance of the master recording tape of his magnum opus, The Hangman's Sonnet.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Might be done with this Series

    • By John S. Johnston on 10-26-17

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 17

    • Robert B. Parker's Colorblind

    • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated by: James Naughton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    Jesse Stone is back on the job after a stint in rehab, and the road to recovery is immediately made bumpy by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes, beginning with the murder of an African American woman. Then, Jesse's own deputy Alisha - the first black woman hired by the Paradise police force - becomes the target of a sophisticated frame-up. As he and his team work tirelessly to unravel the truth, he has to wonder if this is just one part of an even grander plot, one with an endgame more destructive than any of them can imagine. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • they just keep getting better

    • By running guy on 09-19-18

    Regular price: $24.50