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Riggs, Cynthia

Overview
Works: 27 works in 169 publications in 1 language and 13,476 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery stories 
Classifications: PS3618.I394, 813.6
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Publications about Cynthia Riggs
Publications by Cynthia Riggs
Most widely held works by Cynthia Riggs
Shooting star : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,296 libraries worldwide
"Ninety-two-year-old poet Victoria Trumbull becomes embroiled in controversy at the community theater on Martha's Vineyard. The new artistic director has announced plans to replace local amateur talent with off-Island professionals, and the cast and crew react murderously." The group is producing Ms. Trumbull's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The production is endangered when someone begins committing crimes apparently based on the scenes in the adaptation
The paperwhite narcissus by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,252 libraries worldwide
In this fifth book in the Victoria Trumbull series, the ninety-two-year-old sleuth finds herself embroiled in a series of murders after she is fired from her job as West Tisbury correspondent for The Island Enquirer (the editor claims the newspaper needs a younger look).Victoria, determined to show that age is no barrier to news papering, immediately throws her weight behind The Grackle, intent on turning the two-page West Tisbury newsletter into a formidable competitor of the Enquirer. And it looks as though she will.In the meantime, the Enquirer's narcissistic editor has been receiving a series of obituaries, each naming him as the deceased. He would dismiss them as a sick joke, but the obituaries follow the actual deaths of people close to him. Rather than going to the police, he grudgingly rehires Victoria to uncover the identity of the obituary writer. Victoria knows almost everybody on the Island, and she may be the only person who can solve the mystery before the editor needs a genuine obituary of his own.In The Paperwhite Narcissus, as in the four previous books in the series, Cynthia Riggs explores the rich and varied setting of Martha's Vineyard in a way that only a native Islander can. The story glides from Wasque, the desolate southeast corner of Chappaquiddick, to the Coast Guard boat ramp in Menemsha; from the elegantly maintained Captains' houses in Edgartown to the wild Atlantic Ocean beach at Quansoo.A delightfully cozy read, steeped in rich characters and a sense of place, this latest Victoria Trumbull mystery is sure to charm long-time fans and first-time readers
Jack in the pulpit by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,209 libraries worldwide
With Martha's Vineyard plagued by religious conflict between the outgoing minister of the local church and his successor, elderly Victoria Trumbull becomes concerned about a series of unexpected deaths
Indian pipes by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,125 libraries worldwide
"Victoria Trumbull, ninety-two-year-old native of Martha's Vineyard, is savoring the sea air over Vineyard Sound with her granddaughter, Elizabeth, when she spots a person who seems in trouble near the top of the cliff. Elizabeth goes for help, but it's too late--the man dies before he can be rescued. The man had been hired as a consultant to see whether a site's soil could support a sewage system for a possible casino. The police call it an accident, but his death is just the first in what becomes a series of baffling murders, involving a Harley Davidson and Indian motorcyclists' rally, tribal disputes, squabbling developers, and deeply buried family secrets. Victoria, who was named a deputy police officer after she proved how valuable she was to fighting crime on the Island, is on the case, assisted by her Wampanoag friend Dojan Minnowfish. Her official position is giving her the confidence to take risks that horrify police chief Casey O'Neill. But Victoria compensates for her physical limitations by out-thinking the bad guys."--The publisher
The cemetery yew by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,123 libraries worldwide
When the coffin of a Norton girl goes missing, Victoria Trumbull becomes increasingly alarmed as everyone connected to the coffin is brutally murdered, a situation that appears to be related to a mysterious yew tree
The cranefly orchid murders by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,117 libraries worldwide
When lonely recluse Phoebe Eldredge decides to sell 200 acres of beautiful, unspoiled land to a developer rather than leave it to her crass, rude descendents, the Conservation Trust enlists 92-year-old Victoria Trumbull, amateur sleuth, as someone who will not be suspected, to search that land for an endangered plant, any endangered plant, because the state of Massachusetts prohibits bulldozing rare plant habitats. With her trusty eleven-year-old after-school assistant, Victoria searches out a patch of endangered cranefly orchids. Her first find, though, is the body of one Montgomery Mausz, the developer's rather dubious attorney
Deadly nightshade by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,091 libraries worldwide
"Victoria Trumbull has lived most of her ninety-two years on the Island. Martha's Vineyard, its magic and its history, is part of the texture of her life. Like other Islanders, she knows the sounds of the sea in calm and stormy weather and she knows the sounds that do not belong. One evening while Victoria waits on the dock for her granddaughter to return with the harbormaster, she hears a chilling scream followed by a splash and the sound of tires skidding on sand. She investigates and discovers a mutilated body floating on the outgoing tide."--Jacket
The bee balm murders : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,065 libraries worldwide
When a body is found in the trench where men are laying a fiber-optic cable across Martha's Vineyard, Victoria Trumbell's new boarder tells her he recognizes the dead man as someone who was a potential investor
Touch-me-not : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,014 libraries worldwide
A mathematical knitters group is working on a coral reef quilt for a competition to draw attention to global warming. When a telephone stalker begins preying on their members, they turn to Victoria for help
Death and honesty by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 994 libraries worldwide
Victoria Trumbull, the ninety-two-year-old poet/sleuth, discovers a neighbor's body in the home of one of the three town assessors. The assessors have been skimming off tax money from wealthy landowners and stashing it in their own special retirement funds. Then the private pilot of the not-so-holy clergyman husband of one of these landowners is found dead, floating in his employer's pond, his face gnawed by snapping turtles. Finally, searching for old documents in the attic of Town Hall, Victoria discovers a third body, that of the long-missing assessors clerk. In order to tie all the threads together and solve the murders, Cynthia again teams up with her old friend and rival, Emery Meyer, now working as the landowner's chauffeur
Deadly nightshade [a mystery] by Cynthia Riggs( file )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 438 libraries worldwide
Martha's Vineyard has been home to Victoria Trumbull for most of her ninety-two 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
The cranefly orchid murders by Cynthia Riggs( file )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 392 libraries worldwide
Victoria Trumbull is a feisty ninety-two-year-old who refuses to let her age stop her from having fun--or investigating crime. When Victoria's knowledge of her native Martha's Vineyard helped to solve a murder in Deadly Nightshade, she earned her own baseball cap emblazoned with "West Tisbury Police Deputy". Now the authorities will turn to her again to help uncover another scandal on the idyllic island. Phoebe Eldridge, a short-tempered woman who lives alone, has sold the family land to a developer who made an offer that seemed too good to resist. When the Conservation Trust enlists Victoria to search that land for an endangered plant, she and her eleven-year-old after-school assistant are rewarded with the discovery of a little nest of cranefly orchids--and a body
The cemetery yew by Cynthia Riggs( file )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 391 libraries worldwide
There's more than one reason why 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 Martha's Vineyard, not to mention their ancestors. She may be ninety-two, 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 police 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. 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
Jack in the pulpit by Cynthia Riggs( file )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 347 libraries worldwide
Victoria Trumbull, 92-year-old sleuth, is investigating a series of unexpected deaths which turn out to be the result of anonymous food packages left on people's doorsteps
The paperwhite narcissus by Cynthia Riggs( Computer File )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 339 libraries worldwide
A small town, even one detached from the mainland, has its share of unpleasant residents. When a developer with an unhappy wife, a bullish attitude toward women, and a much-frowned-upon plan is murdered, not many tears are shed. The case naturally falls to Victoria Trumbull, the ninety-two-year-old, sharp-witted sheriff's deputy. Served by her in-depth knowledge of the island and her indomitable drive, Victoria is on the trail again: bunions, lilac-bough cane, and all
Indian pipes by Cynthia Riggs( file )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 218 libraries worldwide
Victoria Trumbull, the ninety-two-year-old deputy police officer of Martha's Vineyard spots a man in trouble halfway down a cliff. After he dies, Victoria's investigation of the possible murder looks at the victim's connection to the blackmail of a gay man, a disruptive motorcycle rally, and gambling
Double murder on Martha's Vineyard : including Deadly nightshade ; The cranefly orchid murders by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
Victoria Trumbull, a fiesty, alert and lively 92-year-old protagonist, tracks murders (and murderers) on Martha's Vineyard, the lovely, sun-splashed island off Cape Cod. Double Murder includes the first two of seven books featuring Victoria. In Deadly Nightshade, villains suspect Victoria has witnessed a murder and must silence her. In The Cranely Orchid Murders, land developers and environmentalists are pitted against each other and is based on a real Island political debate. In both, the subject is ... Murder
The cranefly orchid murders by Cynthia Riggs( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Victoria Trumbull is a feisty ninety-two-year-old who refuses to let her age stop her from having fun - or investigating crime. When Victoria's knowledge of her native Martha's Vineyard helped to solve a murder in Deadly nightshade, she earned her own baseball cap emblazoned with "West Tisbury Police Deputy." Now the authorities will turn to her again to help uncover another scandal on the idyllic island. Phoebe Eldridge, a short-tempered woman who lives alone, has sold the family land to a developer who made an offer that seemed too good to resist. When the Conservation Trust enlists Victoria to search that land for an endangered plant, she and her eleven-year-old after-school assistant are rewarded with the discovery of a little nest of cranefly orchids - and a body
Deadly nightshade by Cynthia Riggs( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Martha's Vineyard has been home to Victoria Trumbull for most of her ninety-two years. 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
The cemetery yew by Cynthia Riggs( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
There's more than one reason why 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 Martha's Vineyard, not to mention their ancestors. She may be ninety-two, 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 police 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. 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
 
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