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Riggs, Cynthia

Works: 49 works in 261 publications in 1 language and 14,826 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3618.I394, 813.6
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Publications about Cynthia Riggs
Publications by Cynthia Riggs
Most widely held works about Cynthia Riggs
Most widely held works by Cynthia Riggs
Shooting star : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,208 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
Jack in the pulpit by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,127 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
The paperwhite narcissus by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
17 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,123 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
The bee balm murders : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
16 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,061 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
Indian pipes by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 1,038 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 cranefly orchid murders by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
13 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 1,033 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
The cemetery yew by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,028 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
Touch-me-not : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
15 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,010 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
Deadly nightshade by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 991 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
Death and honesty by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 961 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
Poison ivy : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 832 libraries worldwide
"On her first day as adjunct professor at Ivy Green College, Victoria Trumbull recognizes the stench emanating from her classroom as more than just dead mice. Brownie, the groundskeeper's mangy mutt, soon discovers a second body hiding beneath a cluster of poison ivy. The stakes have never been higher for Ivy Green, which is on the brink of losing already-lukewarm support from its accredited partner, Cape Cod University. Thackery Wilson, the founder of Ivy Green, worries that the bad publicity from the murders will obliterate the financial and academic support the tiny college and its dependent students desperately need. As the bodies continue to pile up, all tenure committee members, Victoria and Brownie find themselves hunting a serial killer and trying to save the college. This charming 11th entry in the Martha's Vineyard mystery series brings the island to life with a cast of eccentric characters led by a unique and endearing sleuth"--
Bloodroot : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 780 libraries worldwide
"It's just another day at the dentist's office for Victoria Trumbull when fellow patient, wealthy Mrs. Wilmington, dies. It's an unfortunate, though seemingly not murderous incident, but the receptionist is hysterical, so one of the dental assistants offers to drive her home. But after making a quick pit stop, he finds her body floating in the harbor. With the police shorthanded due to an upcoming presidential visit, it's up to Victoria to take on the case. As she wrestles with her ex-son-in-law, a $3 million will, and a deadly dental clinic, Mrs. Trumbull discovers that nothing in the case is quite what it seems. Bloodroot is the latest in Cynthia Riggs' longstanding Martha's Vineyard mystery series, filled with delightful characters and charming descriptions of the beautiful island"--
Trumpet of death : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( Book )
6 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 467 libraries worldwide
"When 92-year-old poet/sleuth Victoria Trumbull takes her city-bred tenant Zack Zeller on a nature walk on one of Martha's Vineyard's conservation areas and shows him a mushroom she calls black trumpet of death, he's sure he's found the way to rid himself of his troublesome girlfriend, Samantha. But the mushrooms he's given Samantha end up on her daddy's dinner table, and Zack, one of the invited guests, is sure he's doomed the diners to an untimely death. Meanwhile, dead bodies are cropping up on the Island. The police have questions about the identity of the culprit and call upon Victoria Trumbull, who knows the Island and its inhabitants intimately. Will she be able to find the truth and clear the name of someone close to her before the murderer finds its next victim? In addition to giving us more of the eccentric cast of characters and quirky plot we love, Trumpet of Death, the 13th book in Cynthia Riggs' Martha's Vineyard mystery series, describes in loving detail little-known parts of the Island that visitors seldom see"--
Deadly nightshade : [a mystery] by Cynthia Riggs( file )
9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 388 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. 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
The cranefly orchid murders by Cynthia Riggs( file )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 352 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 )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 345 libraries worldwide
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 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 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 )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 311 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( file )
15 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 309 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 : a Martha's Vineyard mystery by Cynthia Riggs( file )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 206 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 40 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
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