A Vineyard Killing
A Martha's Vineyard MysteryBook - 2004
When a pre-tourist season visitor to Vineyard Haven survives a murder attempt by donning a bullet-proof vest, sometime private investigator J. W. Jackson wonders how the man knew that someone would try to kill him and looks into the deeds of a former Olympic medalist turned real estate developer who is buying deeds and evicting homeowners. Reprint.
Sell Low, Die Hard
Former champion Olympic fencer-turned-sleazy real estate developer Donald Fox isn't making any friends on Martha's Vineyard this gray and chilly March. He's using unscrupulous methods and legal ambiguities to force homeowners to sell their valuable land at rock bottom prices. He's even approached fisherman/sometime-sleuth J. W. Jackson and his wife Zee, not realizing that the retired Boston cop is anything but an easy mark. So when Donald's brother Paul is shot by an unseen assailant on a Vineyard street, J. W. can't help wondering if the wrong Fox sibling inadvertently took the bullet. Since Jackson's curiosity and deep-rooted sense of justice have always gotten the better of him -- and since the bluefish aren't running yet anyway -- he's going to track down the shooter, before preseason on his beloved isle turns irrevocably deadly.