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Victoria Trumbull is a feisty 92-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 11-year-old after-school assistant are rewarded with the discovery of a little nest of cranefly orchids, and a body.

©2002 Cynthia Riggs (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"This mystery unfolds as nicely as the Vineyard spring it so lovingly depicts." (Publishers Weekly)
"Readers who enjoyed the charming series debut, Deadly Nightshade, will be delighted to get another dose of Victoria's sharp tongue." (Booklist)

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  • martin j.
  • 05-11-20

Excellent in all ways!

This is such a wonderful, quaint, well-written mystery! Brimming with local color and gravitas. Agatha Christie meets Lake Wobegon with considerable emotional intelligence.

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  • Crispin Haskins
  • 25-10-16

Fun but not my favourite.

I enjoyed this book because of its island references and the familiar characters. I also liked some of the new characters—Ms Riggs characters are always well-rounded. The story was lacking and tended to plod along. I still enjoyed the book but I would say it was the weakest in the Victoria Trumbull series. So far, my favourite is Indian Pipes.