Victoria Trumbull, a ninety-two-year-old native of Martha's Vineyard, and her granddaughter, Elizabeth, spot a man in trouble near the top of a cliff. Elizabeth goes for help, but the man dies before he can be rescued. The man had been hired as a consultant on the proposed building of a controversial casino. The police call it an accident, but his death is just the first in what becomes a series of baffling murders.
Victoria, now a deputy police officer after proving her value in fighting crime on the island, is on the case, assisted by her Native American friend Dojan Minnowfish. Her new official position gives her the confidence to take risks that horrify the police chief. But Victoria compensates for her physical limitations by out-thinking the murderers.
Murders involving a Harley Davidson and Indian motorcyclists' rally, tribal disputes, squabbling developers, and deeply buried family secrets are only part of the allure of this charming mystery. As in her previous books, Cynthia Riggs captures the rich and varied setting of Martha's Vineyard—from colorful Gay Head cliffs to the motorcyclists' campground where Indian pipes blossom and die—in this stunning sixth Victoria Trumbull adventure.
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""Indian Pipes" is an enjoyable mystery. Victoria is a great creation - at 92 she is sharp as a tack, energetic, stubborn, and a deputy assisting police chief Casey O'Neill. Her granddaughter Elizabeth is also well written - recovering from a divorce, she would like her grandmother to be more politically correct, not realizing how open to today's world Victoria really is. Author Cynthia Riggs does a good job of capturing life on Martha's Vineyard and the mystery aspects are nicely done. There are also plenty of suspects to keep readers guessing who the murderer is. Besides the murder, there are also several smaller mysteries in the book that are all well developed and Riggs nicely takes her time in letting readers know the solution."
Mary (5 out of 5 stars)