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There's more than one reason the new West Tisbury police chief officially made ninety-two-year-old Victoria Trumbull her deputy. For one thing, Victoria knows just about everything about everyone in town, and a lot about the rest of the Martha's Vineyard year-round population as well - not to mention their ancestors. Victoria may be afflicted with the usual aches and pains that descend on nonagenarians (she has a cut-off shoe to accommodate her bunion and a stout stick to help her on her walks through fields and ...
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There's more than one reason the new West Tisbury police chief officially made ninety-two-year-old Victoria Trumbull her deputy. For one thing, Victoria knows just about everything about everyone in town, and a lot about the rest of the Martha's Vineyard year-round population as well - not to mention their ancestors. Victoria may be afflicted with the usual aches and pains that descend on nonagenarians (she has a cut-off shoe to accommodate her bunion and a stout stick to help her on her walks through fields and woods). But she is as sharp and as sharp-eyed as the proverbial tack. So when Victoria is the only one who spots something amiss among the gravestones of the West Tisbury cemetery, it's no surprise that the chief listens.

Something is indeed amiss. First comes a request by presumed relatives in the Midwest to disinter a coffin for reburying elsewhere. Then things go wrong from there. The driver of the hearse coming to collect the coffin disappears during the island ferry trip in a rainstorm. Other deaths - some of them irrefutably murder, the others suspicious - follow. And when as a last measure the coffin is found, dug up and opened, it does not contain the expected body. Then the coffin itself disappears.

Meanwhile, the available bedroom for rent in Victoria's house has been taken over by a female relative of one of the neighbors and her raucous toucan, a bird as spoiled as the most bratty millionaire's heir. Victoria is gracious to her unwanted boarders, but they do interfere with the column she writes for the local newspaper and with her efforts to discover whether the strange antics of the coffin are related to the murders.

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Victoria Trumbull, the astute, 92-year-old Vineyard native and deputy police officer, takes on her most bizarre case yet, in Riggs's third appealing Vineyard mystery (after 2002's The Cranefly Orchid Murders). An empty grave, a misplaced coffin and a missing hearse driver are the harbingers of a series of grotesque murders, whose victims turn out to share an odd South American connection involving smuggling and an exotic bird. The author lends ballast to an outlandish plot by lovingly depicting ordinary island people (awkward teens, a friendly police chief, small-town officials with their rivalries and gossips) and events (notably the return of the local high school football team from the big game against Nantucket). The unfamiliar portrait of the Vineyard in winter is another plus. With patience and charm, the down-to-earth Victoria succeeds in drawing out confidences. In the end, even she is surprised. Agent, Nancy Love. (Sept. 8) Forecast: An attractive jacket, with green and red berries on a snowy yew branch, should ensure sales into the Christmas season. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Victoria Trumbull, the island's elderly poet and sleuth, wonders why a coffin meant for reburial in Milwaukee disappears. More sinister is the fact that several people interested in the coffin wind up dead. A most appealing and unusual tale. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Bodies everywhere except where they belong-in a tidy plot. Let's see. One man turns up in the West Tisbury dump, another in a mortuary fridge, another heaved over the railing of the Martha's Vineyard ferry. The only proper burial, of the young Norton girl who committed suicide ten years ago, turns out to be just as improper. When her coffin is exhumed for reburial in Wisconsin, she's not in it, just hefty bags of sand. In fact, island gossip insists she never existed in the first place. Quicker than you can say "empty plot," her coffin disappears, except for a back panel that nonagenarian sleuth Victoria Trumbull hides for safekeeping. And more skullduggery is afoot. Cancer-stricken Dahlia Atherton, a former foreign-service employee, is offered a cup of poisoned tea. Victoria averts the brewhaha, then listens while Dahlia explains her complicity in a gem-smuggling scheme and shifts blame to a double-crossing accomplice and the fence they both trusted. Two improbable plot twists later, the murders are solved, the gems have appeared and then vanished, and the Vineyard has all winter to prepare for another onslaught of tourists. Even lovers of pesky amateur sleuths and Martha's Vineyard lore will agree it's past time for Victoria (The Cranefly Orchid Murders, 2002, etc.) to retire for good.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786259298
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/14/2003
  • Series: Victoria Trumbull Series , #3
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Riggs, a thirteenth generation Islander, lives on Martha's Vineyard in her family homestead, which she runs as a bed-and-breakfast catering to poets and writers. She has a degree in geology from Antioch College and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College and holds a U.S. Coast Guard Masters License (100-ton). This is her third published mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    What a great mystery. Love the mixed up graves and the connectio

    What a great mystery. Love the mixed up graves and the connection to the exotic bird. You will truly be suprised by the ending in this one. Riggs has done it again!

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    I'm always hooked when a body goes missing! Loved this from the

    I'm always hooked when a body goes missing! Loved this from the very beginning. Witty and engaging with an amazing character in Victoria. I can't wait to see what this wiley old woman is going to do next.

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