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Publisher's Summary

Martha's Vineyard has been home to Victoria Trumbull for most of her 92 years. Its magic, history, and picture-perfect calm are part of her very being. But one evening, Victoria hears something that doesn't quite belong: a scream followed by a splash and a sound of a car speeding away. She investigates and discovers a body on the outgoing tide.

Despite interruptions from her granddaughter Elizabeth, the harbormaster Domingo, a swarm of Island locals, and a few mysterious visitors, Victoria manages to get in a good bit of detective work and still finds time to cook her traditional Saturday night supper of Boston baked beans. She even concocts a scheme to trap the killer. But she'll need to act quickly, victim number two has already been found.

©2001 Cynthia Riggs (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Wonderful....Here's hoping that Victoria Trumbull is solving crimes for many years to come." (Booklist) "Victoria's mordant wit and easy cleverness add to this vastly entertaining debut series." (Library Journal)

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  • Marjorie
  • Montrose, NY, United States
  • 10-16-06

Very disappointed

It was almost painful to listen to this book. The story is only so-so but Davinia Porter's narration was dreadful. I'm usually a fan of hers but not this time. For a story taking place on Martha's Vineyard why does everyone have a strong English accent? Even the ex-NYC cop sounds like he took a detour through London. When she does vary the accent it's almost worse. A crusty New Englander with a Scottish accent.

Stay away from this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Painfully boring

I have to agree. It took me weeks to get through this book, and only if I had nothing else to listen to.

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What horse hockey is this?

Really poorly thought out, plotless and demeaning to 90 year olds. An insult to the intellect and a boring listen. Sorry I wasted a credit and all I can say is I kept expecting the "story" to redeem itself which is why I kept listening.

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Odd Choice of Narrator?

I love Davina Porter. I've sought out books for her narration... British books.
A British narrator for these decidedly east coast, New England, Martha's Vineyard stories seems an odd choice.
My family members have been summer people on the vineyard for four generations and I've read all of Cynthia Rigg's wonderful books, in book form.
I would prefer to hear the stories read by someone who sounds like a true New Englander.
Save Davina Porter's lovely voice for British characters, please.

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A Great Diversion

Riggs writes well, knows her flora and fauna; as well as Martha's Vineyard in the entirety and tells a complete diverting story. Just what I need to leave behind the pressures of my day.

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Felt like our heroine was not as smart as usual

Felt like our heroine was not as smart as usual..is Ms Riggs beginning to lose interest ?