Phillip R. Craig was an American author who was best known for his Martha’s Vineyard series of mystery books. He published over twenty books in life and since his passing, there have been three of his novels published posthumously.

Craig grew up on a cattle ranch near Durango, Colorado before he headed to Boston University for college. He had intended to become a minister and got his degree in 1957, but one of his professor encouraged him to try his hand at writing fiction. He would go on to work as a English and Journalism teacher at Endicott College and later at Wheelock College where he worked until 1999 before retiring to write full-time. His first novel, Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn, was published in 1969.

Publication Order of Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries Books

A Beautiful Place to Die(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea aka Death in Vineyard Waters(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Double Minded Men aka Vineyard Deceit(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cliff Hanger aka Vineyard Fear(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Off Season(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Case of Vineyard Poison(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death On a Vineyard Beach(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Deadly Vineyard Holiday(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Shoot on Martha's Vineyard(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fatal Vineyard Season(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vineyard Blues(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vineyard Shadows(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vineyard Enigma(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Vineyard Killing(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder at a Vineyard Mansion(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vineyard Prey(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead in Vineyard Sand(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vineyard Stalker(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vineyard Chill(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Brady Coyne / J.W. Jackson Series (with William G Tapply) Books

First Light(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Second Sight(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Third Strike(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Delish!(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


If You Like Philip R. Craig Books, You’ll Love…

A Beautiful Place to Die was the first book in the long running Martha’s Vineyard Mystery series. The book introduces us to a former Boston cop named Jeff “J.W.” Jackson who has decided to retire as he’s simply seen too much in the line of duty and wants a more peaceful life. He decides to settle in Martha’s Vineyard where he’ll spend his days fishing. That all changes when one day a boat mysteriously explodes out on the water with a young drifter killed. The case is fishy and Jackson finds himself drawn to investigate.

Another good book in this series is called Off Season, which is the fifth book in the series. The busy season is over in Martha’s Vineyard as autumn hits. J.W. feels it’s time to relax, but the locals have other ideas. The animal rights activists are fighting with the hunters while the environmentalists are beefing with the developers. Things are getting tense on all sides and when an unlikely victim is caught in the crossfires, Jackson will have to get back to work to find out why.

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