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The Paperwhite Narcissus by Cynthia Riggs

The Paperwhite Narcissus (2005)

by Cynthia Riggs

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A small town 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 of Martha's Vineyard and her indomitable drive, Victoria is on the trail again: bunions, lilac-bough cane, and all.… (more)
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A mystery for Victoria Trumbull to solve. Colley Jameson editor of the Island Enquirer fires Victoria from her 50-year position as columnist, but then hires her to investigate the obits he his receiving in the mail confirming/predicting his demise.

Colley Jameson is not a good man, a considerate man, or even a likeable man. But the twist at the end was totally unexpected! Good read. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Feb 7, 2020 |
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 |
Quick read. ( )
  Tweellow | Jul 8, 2009 |
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For Dionis Coffin Riggs, Poet, 1898-1997
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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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