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Author: Cynthia Riggs Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781481565639
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Cynthia Riggs has no problem making readers believe that her feisty protagonist can be almost indispensable to the new police chief. The years just seem to have sharpened ninety-two-year-old Victoria Trumbull’s mind, and she’s got an encyclopedic knowledge of her fellow West Tisbury residents and their forebears. But most readers do wonder how the old lady came to be made the chief’s official deputy. Author Cynthia Riggs obligingly offers that story here.

Chief Casey O’Neill has been trying to win acceptance in her new job. She is an off-Islander—and a woman. What’s more, she no sooner starts work than a church sexton dies suddenly from what is believed natural causes. But soon other elderly citizens begin to die unexpectedly, and it becomes apparent that there is a serial killer abroad.

Casey has had plenty of experience with homicide in the big city she came from, but only on an island like Martha’s Vineyard could she have found a serial killer who does his dirty work using a town custom of sharing an occasional special dish with one’s neighbors. At the same time, the usual tranquility of West Tisbury is roiled by a feud between the newly retired minister of the local Congregational church and his successor—both called Jack. And while men of God are supposed to bring harmony to their flock, these two pastors have managed to divide the town into factions. Is there a connection between this rivalry and the murders?

This delightful listen has a strong sense of place and a list of charming and eccentric characters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing…A sensitive observer of the scene, Riggs writes with warmth and humor about all-too-human characters with whom readers can readily identify.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers who appreciate Riggs’ incorporation of the flora and fauna of Martha’s Vineyard into her stories will be pleased that this tale also features evocative descriptions of island plants and birds. This pleasant trip back in time will give Victoria’s fans a better appreciation of the notable nonagenarian.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 6/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this mystery, a real whodunit type of book. Very interesting and it never makes you want to eat mushrooms ever again-LOL!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaret | 5/3/2011

    " A really cute cozy mystery starring a feisty 92-year-old sleuth. There were lots of false turns and red herrings. The final resolution was funny and I enjoyed listening to it unwind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/27/2011

    " book 4 in marthas vineyard series fun cozy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 11/28/2010

    " I really enjoy this series. Traditional cozy mystery, great setting & interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Consuela | 8/10/2009

    " More Victoria Trumbull!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/19/2009

    " I haven't read anything by Cynthia Riggs in quite a while, although I have always enjoyed her stories. I expect this one, as well as the other Martha's Vineyard myteries, would be categorized as a "cozy" mystery. It was a fun read; I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olgalijo | 5/26/2009

    " This is the 4th or 5th book in the series, but it actually tells the "start" of the tale. Even if only because it answers questions I found myself being more interested in the story than usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/7/2009

    " I found another Martha's Vineyard writer!! Riggs' famous Victoria is an island treasure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/29/2008

    " I loved the character of Victoria especially. The mystery was not compelling, however. "

About the Author

Cynthia Riggs, a thirteenth-generation Islander, lives on Martha’s Vineyard in her family homestead, now a bed-and-breakfast catering to poets and writers. She has a degree in geology from Antioch College, an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College, and a US Coast Guard masters license.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and the Square One Theater, among others.