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‘Jesse Stone’ Movies in Order of Release Date
- Stone Cold – February 20, 2005
- Jesse Stone: Night Passage – January 15, 2006
- Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise – April 30, 2006
- Jesse Stone: Sea Change – May 22, 2007
- Jesse Stone: Thin Ice – March 1, 2009
- Jesse Stone: No Remorse – May 9, 2010
- Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost – May 22, 2011
- Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt – May 20, 2012
- Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise – October 18, 2015
‘Jesse Stone’ Movies in Chronological Order
- Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006)
- Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005)
- Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006)
- Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007)
- Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009)
- Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010)
- Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011)
- Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (2012)
- Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise (2015)
Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006)
Based on the first book in Parker’s series, Night Passage follows Stone as he travels to Paradise, a small hamlet on the Massachusetts coast, from Los Angeles, where he was forced to quit from his position as a homicide investigator due to drinking while on duty.
After learning about Stone’s drinking habit, the unscrupulous council leader hires him as Paradise’s chief of police, believing that he will be a soft touch and ignore Stone’s money laundering activities.
Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005)
A body found on the shoreline, shot twice in the heart with a.22 caliber pistol, leaves the tranquil hamlet of Paradise in shock. Soon later, the same approach is used to kill two more individuals that are found.
Stone, who is also looking into the rape of an adolescent girl, begins to put together a possible suspect profile by comparing the registration of a red pickup that was seen driving away from the scene of the crime with the gun register.
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Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006)
In his upcoming case, Stone will be looking into the death of a teenage girl whose body was found floating in a lake. She was pregnant, and her blood included muscle relaxants and alcohol when she passed away, according to an autopsy.
The first clue comes from an initialled ring discovered on the body, which eventually leads Stone and his colleague Luther Simpson (Kohl Sudduth) to the realization that the victim is Billie Bishop, a high school girl who was expelled from her family after changing in behaviour and receiving lower marks.
Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007)
When Stone doesn’t have a case to work on, he admits to his psychologist that he drinks more. Stone then instructs Rose Gammon (Kathy Baker), his new coworker, to locate the local unsolved cases list.
(Officer Crane, who served under Davis but left the force following the events of Death in Paradise, has been replaced by Gammon.) He then makes the decision to resume the inquiry into the 1992 robbery-related death of a bank teller who was held hostage.
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009)
In the first scene of Thin Ice, Stone defends his partner, State Police Captain Healy (Stephen McHattie), against an attacker while investigating his nephew, whom he suspects of having an affair with his saxophone instructor.
Stone begins to look into the shooting, a move that is met with resistance from the local council, who question why he spends so much of his time being involved in shootouts instead of handling profitable parking tickets and speeding fines.
Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010)
In addition to being barred from communicating with his coworkers, Stone has been suspended from his role as chief of police in Paradise and is a heavy drinker, which worries Healy and Gammon. Stone is employed as a private consultant by Boston police, who are looking into a string of murders that occurred in a parking lot.
He soon finds out that the first murder was connected to Gino Fish, a Boston mob member who has surfaced in earlier investigations. In his spare time, Stone investigates a string of assaults at a nearby convenience shop while working on the case in Boston.
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011)
This time, Stone has been forced out of his position and has been replaced with the son-in-law of the town council president, who is more focused on maintaining Paradise’s good reputation than combating crime. Stone, understandably, believes that he will eventually be restored and is not impressed when Butler, the new chief, tries to force him to surrender his “concealed weapon” gun permit.
Stone finds himself entangled in two murder investigations despite not having a formal police position. In one, he and his old friend Healy collaborate once more as consultants for the Massachusetts State Police on a murder and robbery case in which Healy questions the guilt of the main suspect. In the other, a friend dies, which the new police chief has declared to be a suicide rather than looking into the matter further.
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (2012)
Carter Hansen, the town president, briefly reinstates Stone as the police chief when Butler and one of his policemen are murdered in an apparent police car explosion. He quickly observes that Hathaway, Hansen’s predecessor who had appeared in a few earlier stories, appeared to have known about the death prior to Hansen receiving formal notification.
Butler’s calendar appears to contain a note suggesting he was involved in police corruption; Stone’s research will entangle Butler once more in the labyrinth of regional mob bosses and their organized crime networks. However, he will have to do it by himself because Simpson and Gammon, two of his former colleagues, quit the force after finding it difficult to collaborate with Stone’s replacement.
Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise (2015)
By now Stone has returned to his position as chief of police, but, dissatisfied with the lack of noteworthy cases in Paradise lately, he once more accepts to serve as a consultant for the Massachusetts State Police.
He has been granted access to case files pertaining to a number of killings that have occurred in the Boston region, one of which involves Mavis Davies, a lady who was the fourth victim of the Boston Ripper, a serial killer. When Stone visits the murderer in jail, he proudly admits to the first three killings – but insists that he did not commit the fourth.
Although Stone is certain he is telling the truth, he is unable to persuade Detective Leary—the detective who apprehended the Ripper—and Davies’ widower that the case may be even more intricate than they initially realized.
Though guidance from his psychologist, Dr. Dix—who also happens to be an ex-cop—puts him back on track, Stone also makes friends with a troubled 13-year-old who is being mistreated by her mother while he’s investigating the cold case.
Where to watch Jesse Stone movies
Sadly, fans on this side of the Atlantic can only rent or purchase all nine Jesse Stone films on Amazon Prime Video as there are currently no streaming choices available. The films have broadcast on CBS and the Hallmark Channel in the US.
If you’re more of a physical media person, Amazon also offers the DVD boxset.
As an alternative, home theater enthusiasts can also acquire the Blu-Ray set from Amazon. Although it is obviously much more expensive, this is by far the greatest way to see Jesse Stone in the highest quality.