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Subject: Cynthia Riggs' Martha's Vineyard Books?
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 9:40 PM ET
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Has anyone read this series?  The first one is the Cemetery Yew.  I've been wary of it because it features a 92-yr-old main character which has seemed a little too implausible for me. 

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 12:24 AM ET
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LOL! 92, eh? I've never heard of this series, might have to give it a go as I love old folks!

According to Stop! You're Killing Me website, the first one is actually Deadly Nightshade, though...Cemetery Yew is #3.


Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 7:31 PM ET
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Well, here I am again.  I've read three of them.  Cheryl is right these are the titles:

#1  Deadly Nightshade 
#2  The Cranefly Orchid Murders
#3  The Cemetery Yew

I got so I wasn't even thinking of Victoria Trumbell being 92.  I guess because I have a 94 year old aunt that we can't hold down.  She has a stroonger grip than I have and I'm 30 years younger. 

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 7:57 AM ET
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I think it's one of the better cozy series.  The descriptions of Martha's Vineyard are excellent and I find the characters and plots to be pretty believable...for a cozy mystery anyway  ;  )  They're more of an old-school cozy, Christie-ish, not really any romance or humor, no cuisine or niche tye-ins, just good, old-fashioned cozy mystery.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 8:09 AM ET
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OK- so they really are old fashioned?

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 9:02 AM ET
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I just finished reading #7 Shooting Star  over the weekend.  I really liked it!  I was not sure if I would like it either, but if you like Miss Maple or Miss Silver,  you would like this series. 

I admit I have not read this series in order.  What happened was someone gave me this one, and I thought I would "skim" it to see if I would like it, and ended up reading the whole thing.  It was not hard to follow along the series, but I could tell that some of the police knew our main character from previous adventures and respected her.  That is what I really liked.  The main character was sharp and witty, and nobody treated her as a confused old lady.  I plan to check more of this series out of my local library.


Date Posted: 3/4/2009 2:08 PM ET
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Thanks for the feedback on this one.  I'm not sure how I got the order confused but thanks for straightening that out too. 

I know the last time I ordered from Bookcloseouts, I found one that sounded good but I've never been sure I could buy the premise on these.  I like older sleuths too but this seemed like it was pushing it (with all due respect to the few like Geri's aunt).  Sometimes you can't keep them down, but it doesn't mean they could solve murders either, lol.  I wish they would use 85 or something (there is actually another series with extremely elderly sleuths).  MY mind is slipping!  I expect by tomorrow it will be gone entirely.

(My MIL, who is not supposed to be going out in the snow, went out for her paper and then called the neighbor to warn her that it was icy.  She is not too bad and we would prefer that she not fall and break her hip or something. The neighbor lady was getting her paper in the bad weather after she had fallen in the snow 4x.)

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 2:13 PM ET
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I am presently reading Paperwhite Narcissus.  I'm not sure about where it is in the series.  It is pretty good.  The main character is likeable. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 12:18 PM ET
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I've not read these, but my mom loves them!

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 2:57 PM ET
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Sometimes other things in a series can make it okay for someone or not okay.  The setting sounded good on these. 

There are other books where I just don't care about a lot of the general premise (their stupid love life or something).

Thanks :)

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 3/5/2009 4:47 PM ET
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I've read the first two and thoroughly enjoyed them. I grew up on the coast of Mass. and spent a lot of time on Martha's Vineyard. For me, it's going back home, I could almost smell the clam chowder, the baked beans, and the sea air!   The author's got it down and does a great job with the location and characters.  You do forget that Victoria is 92, but that's just because the author is that good.  She isn't sprinting down the road or tying people up. It's well done and her character is very likeable.   There isn't a lot of sex, gore, graphic violence, etc. and I like that in a book once in a while.   Definitely worth checking out.

  I wrote a review on Deadly Nightshade, and it was a really good book.  A lot of the action takes place in Oak Bluffs, and there is something called the Camp Meeting Ground. It started out as small vacation homesthat are painted every color of the rainbow, with amazing gingerbread details and it's literally like a fantasy dollhouse village come to life. You can find pics on Google and they really give color to the book. 

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