My wife and I celebrated our anniversary over the weekend so today I’m sharing some of our favorite comfort mysteries with you – the Jesse Stone series starring Tom Selleck. (In case you are wondering, after spending the day in Hot Springs, NC, I set up a private dining experience, the Chef’s Table at Mountain Magnolia Inn. It was expensive but my wife is definitely worth it.)
Tom Selleck is a star who has aged well. While he was fun in Magnum, P.I., he just seems to get better as he goes along. His recurring guest role on Friends was a highlight of that show. His movie career never took off, in spite of being originally cast as Indiana Jones.
In a role that seemed tailor-made for him, Selleck was cast in the television adaptation of Robert Parker’s Stone Cold about a down on his luck ex-police officer taking a job as a small town police chief. It was so successful that he has played the role in eight different movies. The first four movies are currently available on instant Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Please note that these movies are mysteries in name only. They are really tone poems and character pieces. Each is about an hour and a half and all are very similar.
Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005) – Rated R
“In quiet Paradise, Mass., police chief Jesse Stone jumps into action when a corpse washes ashore and multiple assailants rape a high school student.”
Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006) – Not Rated
“After hard-drinking Jesse Stone is hired as police chief of idyllic Paradise, Mass., it doesn’t take long for him to uncover the town’s dark secrets.”
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006) – Not Rated
“As police chief Jesse Stone obsesses over solving the murder of a young girl found floating in a lake, he also works a deadly domestic violence case.”
Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007) – Not Rated
“Police chief Jesse Stone reopens an old rape case but is stonewalled as the town tries to keep the incident quiet to minimize the effect on tourism.”
If you have Amazon Prime, the fifth movie is also available for streaming:
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009) – Not Rated
“Jesse Stone is back! When his friend and fellow cop is shot during a visit to Boston, small town police chief Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) risks his life and career to solve the crime while also investigating the disappearance of a missing child in this exciting fifth installment in the popular Jesse Stone movies based on the best-selling books by Robert B. Parker.”