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Another in the charming Marytha's Vineyard Mystery series, starring one of my favorite amateur sleuths: 92 year old Victoria Trumbull of Martha's Vineyard. She has the chief of police driving her around after they took her driver's license away, she still mounts steps like a 10 year old, climbs ladder, catches fish, and has that imperious school marm voice that can bring 60 year old men to their knees.

When she is fired from her long term job writing a news (gossip?) column for the Island Observer, she threatens to sue the editor Colley Jamison for age discrimination. A series of ugly murders gets in the way of her legal action however, and she ends up boosting the circulation of the competing island newsletter in the process of tracking down clues and solving all the murders the local and state police can't.

A perfectly delightful cozy with a strong flavor of New England and the Vineyard. The author gives us a good picture of the diverse sections of the island and the people who live there year round.

I listened to this one on audio, and my only complaint is having a British voice do the narrating. It seems very out of place. Davina Porter is one of my favorite narrators for audio books, but the voice just isn't right for Martha's Vineyard. ( )
  tututhefirst | Sep 26, 2009 |
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The breeze blew off Nantucket Sound, past the lighthouse that guarded the entrance, past the freshly painted captains' houses lining North Water Street, past white picket fences laden with yellow, pink, and white roses.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312339836, Hardcover)

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.

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"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 newspapering, 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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