J.W. Jackson, ex-Boston cop turned fisherman, cook, and jack-of-all-trades, is alone on the Vineyard while his wife and children visit relatives. A request from Carole Cohen comes as a blessed diversion. Carole wants J.W. to find the person who’s stalking her brother, Roland. Known locally as “The Monk” for his reclusive ways, Roland lives on a beautiful piece of Vineyard real estate that he co-owns with his cousin Sally Oliver. A number of people, including Sally, would do almost anything to convince Roland to sell. Does that include violence? When a body turns up near Roland's land, J.W. has to find out.
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.