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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
  • 16-10-06

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.

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  • J. Sherman
  • 03-12-06

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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  • Debbie
  • 28-07-21

Unacceptable language

i hate it when authors use the "f" word in their writing. I won't be listening to any more by this author.

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  • C.J.
  • 05-05-17

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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  • NHTaylor
  • 29-08-21

Good book, but why?

Why in the world would you hire a British reader for a story set in Massachusetts with a major character from the Bronx, New York City? Both areas have very distinctive accents that would have added greatly to the telling.

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  • Berryjazzy
  • 01-08-21

Great performance!

The narrator was great! It seems as if everyone on Martha’s Vineyard came to be there via the British isles, however! LOL!

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  • LauraMh
  • 17-08-21

Odd choice for the reader

Great story! Reader is good, too, but why a British reader for a story set in New England? I love hearing a Scottish accent ( and she does it so well), but it's startling in the mouth of a New England sailor.

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  • working artist
  • 01-07-15

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 ?

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  • pigletbunny
  • 28-10-21

British words and accents; WHY?!?

Listening to this is an incredibly confusing and frustrating experience. A bunch of the words and some of the phrasing are distinctly British. Also, the narrator speaks with a British accent, including voicing some of the characters with various British accents. (Some are voiced quite well in believable American accents, which is a WONDERFUL surprise, although no-one is given a proper regional accent.) The story itself is quite good; reading it silently would probably be a lot less frustrating, but there would still be the British wording to deal with. Oddly, one of the non-American wordings is saying “black” as a derogatory term for Latinx; I’ve never even read a British book that does that. Given the widespread use in the U.S. of 2 other bigoted terms for Latinx, the use of “black” instead is particularly strange. Even using “black” as a discriminatory word at all is very odd; Black is a proud, identity word for Americans who are actually Black.

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  • roseanna banana
  • 22-10-21

very. very, good book.

Davina Porter did a wonderful job of narrating. Cynthia Riggs wrote a great book. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were really interesting and I always enjoy the humor in these mysteries. The mystery it self was far better than most of these series.