On a chilly, pre-tourist March day in Vineyard Haven, J.W. Jackson and his wife, Zee, are dining at a local deli when shots ring out. A man lies bleeding in the street, but luckily he’s wearing a bulletproof vest, a strange choice of garment unless you expect to be shot. Meantime on the island, the universally hated Donald Fox is buying up fuzzy old deeds and evicting homeowners, and soon, ex-Boston cop J.W. suspects that the ruthless real estate developer may have been the intended target or the recent shooting. There’s no shortage of possible assailants, including a woman about to lose her land, a jilted lover, and a mysterious vagrant who was spotted near the deli. Rich in ambiance and local color and featuring a trio of mouthwatering recipes, A VINEYARD KILLING is ideal summer reading for armchair detectives and beach lovers alike.