Bloodroot: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery by Cynthia RiggsBloodroot: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery by Cynthia Riggs

Bloodroot: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

byCynthia Riggs

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

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It's just another day at the dentist's office for Victoria Trumbull when fellow patient, wealthy Mrs. Wilmington, dies. It's an unfortunate, though seemingly not murderous incident, but the receptionist is hysterical, so one of the dental assistants offers to drive her home. But after making a quick pit stop, he finds her body floating in the harbor.

With the police shorthanded due to an upcoming presidential visit, it's up to Victoria to take on the case. As she wrestles with her ex-son-in-law, a $3 million will, and a deadly dental clinic, Mrs. Trumbull discovers that nothing in the case is quite what it seems.

Bloodroot is the latest in Cynthia Riggs' longstanding Martha's Vineyard mystery series, filled with delightful characters and charming descriptions of the beautiful island.

CYNTHIA RIGGS is the author of a dozen books in the Martha's Vineyard mystery series featuring 92-year-old poet, Victoria Trumbull, a guidebook called Victoria Trumbull's Martha's Vineyard, and the first book of a new series set in Washington, DC. She was born on Martha's Vineyard and is the eighth generation to live in her family home...
Title:Bloodroot: A Martha's Vineyard MysteryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.58 × 5.69 × 1.15 inShipping dimensions:8.58 × 5.69 × 1.15 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250058686

ISBN - 13:9781250058683


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The latest Martha's Vineyard Mystery novel! Bloodroot by Cynthia Riggs is the twelfth book in the Martha's Vineyard Mysteries. Victoria Trumbull has a painful wisdom tooth and needs to have it pulled. Victoria is waiting at Island Dental Clinic when there is a commotion. Mildred Wilmington, a patient, is dead. The West Tisbury police are called out. The receptionist, Vivian Parsons is very upset over the death and unable to drive home. A co-worker agrees to take her, but he makes a pit stop (for alcohol) along the way. Vivian waits in the car, but she is not there when the co-worker returns. Vivian is later found dead in the water (and it is not an accident). Someone wanted to make sure that Vivian did not talk. What did Vivian know or had she seen something? The investigation is not helped when Dr. Horace Mann (the head of Island Dental Clinic) has the staff clean the clinic before the forensic crew can be called in (very suspicious). Police Chief Mary Kathleen O’Neill and her staff are stretched thin because of an upcoming presidential visit. When it turns out that Mildred was poisoned, Victoria (who is a police deputy of sorts) sets out to figure out who killed the two women. Mildred was a rich woman with four grandchildren. Each one with a motive. But they are not the only suspects. Victoria has also to deal with her Elizabeth’s (granddaughter) ex-husband, Lockwood. Lockwood is a nasty and cruel man. He has decided that Victoria’s home should belong to him. What will Lockwood do to achieve his goal? It is going to be a busy week for Victoria! This is the first book I have read in this series (I had not heard of the series prior to seeing this book listed). I did not know it was the twelfth book in the series when I agreed to read it. It is extremely confusing at first (and through most of the book). There are a lot of characters (especially from the dental clinic) and suspects (over a dozen). The two murders occur within the first two chapters (a writer should never put the crime right at the beginning of the book). The mystery is complex (which I loved), but the killer was the person I picked out at the beginning. The clues (which we get in the last half of the book) will lead you in the direction of the killer. I liked how the main character, Victoria Trumbull conducted her investigation. I give Bloodroot 4 out of 5 stars. The book has a good pace and is nicely written (which makes the novel easy to read). This book can be read alone. The main characters are easy to keep straight (it was just all the dental staff that made it confusing). I will definitely be reading the other books in this series and look forward to future novels. I received a complimentary copy of Bloodroot from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Date published: 2016-06-03

Editorial Reviews

"Riggs, who describes the beauties of her acerbic sleuth's island home as lovingly as ever, provides a...satisfying conclusion." - Kirkus on Bloodrot There are many levels on which to enjoy Cynthia Riggs's latest mystery....There is the twisting and turning plot of a good murder mystery. And there is prose, beautifully written, by a wonderful writer. -The Martha's Vineyard Times on Indian PipesThis smoothly executed, fun read contrasts the beauty of Martha's Vineyard with the drama of the unsolved murders. Readers will adore Victoria, a smart and witty sleuth who's as crafty as she is charismatic. -RT Book Reviews on Paperwhite NarcissusVictoria Trumbull is the senior citizen we all pray to become. -Kingston Observer on Paperwhite Narcissus"The author's artistry is in the unfolding of plot and subplots that wind back on themselves like the bittersweet vine that abounds here...The success of the Victoria Trumbull series, seems to me, is that Ms. Riggs tells her tales with nuance and detail." - Martha's Vineyard Times