Deadly Nightshade

Deadly Nightshade

Book - 2001 | 1st ed
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When she discovers a mutilated body floating in the sea, Martha's Vineyard resident Victoria Trumbull teams up with her granddaughter, Domingo the harbormaster, and other islanders to solve the mystery behind a growing number of homicides.

McMillan Palgrave
Victoria Trumbull has lived most of her 92 years on the Island. Like other Islanders, she knows the sound 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.

With her granddaughter, Domingo the harbormaster, a swarm of Island characters, and a few mysterious visitors, Victoria manages to get in a good bit of detective work. However, she isn't able to prevent further homicide. As the tension mounts, Victoria concocts a scheme to reveal the killer and still has time to prepare her traditional Saturday night supper of Boston baked beans.

While the summer visitors bask on the beach, sail Island waters, shop in the Island stores, the reader is treated to the magic, the history and the texture of "the Vineyard" with its year-round characters real enough to include the reader in their conversations.


Blackwell North Amer
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.
With her granddaughter, Domingo the harbormaster, a swarm of Island characters, and a few mysterious visitors, Victoria manages to get in a good bit of detective work. However, she isn't able to prevent further homicide. As the tension mounts, Victoria concocts a scheme to reveal the killer, yet still has time to prepare her traditional Saturday night supper of Boston baked beans.
Meanwhile, summer visitors bask on the beach, sail Island waters, and shop in the Island stores, oblivious to the death and disorder murder has brought to the native Islanders' lives.

Baker
& Taylor

While standing on a dock at night, ninety-two-year-old Victoria Trumbell hears an altercation and investigates what turns out to be a murder, but despite her continued research with her granddaughter, the harbormaster, and a cast of background characters, she is unable to prevent further homicide.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312272524
0312272529
Characteristics: ix, 276 p. ; 22 cm

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Aug 10, 2019

Written year 2001 --- 1st book in the series of 14 titles thru yr 2018 !!

Elizabeth, about 30 yrs of age, has returned to live with her grandmother, Victoria, age 92, on Martha's Vineyard. (an island, south of Massachusetts, Atlantic Ocean; it's about 20 miles wide). Popular summer destination; local all year home for thousands.

Victoria is doing extremely well -- she's hail, hardy, eager to go on living. Elizabeth faces challenges with the problems of helping to manage the Harbor boat docking business of the island.

Together, they are a team; what about that scream and splash, heard in the deep dark of the night?

This is an intelligent 'cozy mystery" -- better writing than many other cozies. The setting on an island, at water's edge, is a pleasant change of place.

2nd in series is The Cranefly Orchid Murders.

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maipenrai
Jul 06, 2017

The first book in the Martha's Vineyard Mystery series

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ggrandel
Aug 30, 2013

I will be reading more of this series.Good stuff and a heroine who is not young,gorgeous and hopping into bed every chapter, A refreshing change from some that come to mind.Recommended reading.

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22950009541673
Jan 20, 2011

Plenty of action. The suspense just reaches my limit.

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