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Publication Order of Victoria Trumbull/Martha's Vineyard Mystery Books

Deadly Nightshade (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cranefly Orchid Murders (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cemetery Yew (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack in the Pulpit (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Paperwhite Narcissus (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Indian Pipes (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shooting Star (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death and Honesty (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Touch-Me-Not (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bee Balm Murders (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poison Ivy (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bloodroot (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trumpet of Death (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Widow's Wreath (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Books

Cozy Case Files Volume 1 (With: Mindy Quigley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 2 (With: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Hannah Dennison,Cate Conte,Diane Kelly,E.J. Copperman,Ellie Alexander,Susan C. Shea,Mindy Quigley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 3 (By: M.C. Beaton,Donna Andrews,Ellie Alexander,Mindy Quigley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 4 (By: Parnell Hall,Shari Randall,Ellen Hart,Ellie Alexander,Frances Brody,Tessa Arlen,Vivien Chien,Julia Chapman,Paige Shelton,Jane K. Cleland,Mindy Quigley) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 5 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Carola Dunn,Sheila Connolly,Ellie Alexander,Susan C. Shea,Judith Flanders,Mindy Quigley,Auralee Wallace) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 6 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Cate Conte,Kylie Logan,Leonard Goldberg,Allison Montclair,Ellen Hart,Sheila Connolly,Mindy Quigley) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 7 (By: Donna Andrews,Diane Kelly,Ellen Crosby,Ellie Alexander,Vivien Chien,Ashley Weaver,Mindy Quigley) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 8 (By: M.C. Beaton,Diane Kelly,Vivien Chien,Paige Shelton,SusanCox,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 9 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Hannah Dennison,Kylie Logan,Leonard Goldberg,Susanna Calkins,Allison Montclair,Ellie Alexander,Eve Calder,Mindy Quigley) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 10 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Cate Conte,Diane Kelly,Ellen Hart,Ellie Alexander,Vivien Chien,Jane K. Cleland,Ashley Weaver,SusanCox,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 11 (By: Diane Kelly,Ellie Alexander,Vivien Chien,Paige Shelton,Mariah Fredericks,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 12 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Hannah Dennison,Cate Conte,Kylie Logan,Leonard Goldberg,Allison Montclair,Sheila Connolly,Ellie Alexander,Ashley Weaver,S.C. Perkins,Eve Calder,Jess Dylan,Mindy Quigley,Meri Allen) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 13 (By: Mindy Quigley) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 14 (By: Diane Kelly,Gigi Pandian,Ellie Alexander,Paige Shelton,Mindy Quigley,Korina Moss) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 15 (By: Mindy Quigley) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 16 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Diane Kelly,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley,Korina Moss,M. C. Beaton) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 17 (By: Rhys Bowen,Diane Kelly,Gigi Pandian,Ellie Alexander,Paige Shelton,Jean-Luc Bannalec,Olivia Matthews,Olivia Blacke,Mindy Quigley,Clare Broyles,Korina Moss,Anastasia Hastings) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files, Volume 18 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Leonard Goldberg,Allison Montclair,Vivien Chien,Olivia Matthews,Olivia Blacke,Mindy Quigley,Meri Allen,Katharine Schellman,Korina Moss) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files, Volume 19 (With: M.C. Beaton,Donna Andrews,Cate Conte,Diane Kelly,Ellie Alexander,R.W. Green,Elizabeth Penney,Korina Moss,Celeste Connally) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files, Volume 20 (By: Rhys Bowen,Gigi Pandian,Ellie Alexander,Paige Shelton,Olivia Matthews,Jennifer J. Chow,Olivia Blacke,Mindy Quigley,Clare Broyles,Anastasia Hastings) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.If author is listed on a book then this author wrote a story within that book.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Cozy Case Files Volume 1(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 2(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Cynthia Riggs is a mother of five and a child of the renowned poet, Dionis Riggs and printmaker, Sydney N. Riggs. After completing her high school education, Cynthia Riggs went on and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology. Once she was awarded her undergraduate degree, Cynthia, then went ahead and worked for the National Geographic Society, spent more than two months in the Antarctica on a job assignment and also worked in the public relations office for the American Petroleum Institute. While working for the American Petroleum Institute her main work was to control the charter boats. A few years later, she enrolled for a Masters in Fine Arts and Creative Writing at VFCA (Vermont College of Fine Arts). It is during her Master’s program that Riggs discovered yet another calling, in the form of writing.

All the mysteries that Riggs has ever written takes place on the Vineyard. They not only draw the local scenes but also Island’s fictionalized components. Cynthia Riggs understands all the Island extremely well considering the fact that Riggs has ever been a West Tisbury selectman two-time candidate.

Martha’s Vineyard

Deadly Nightshade is the first installment in the book series, Martha Vineyard’s by the critically acclaimed author, Cynthia Riggs. In this installment, the author introduces the reader to Victoria Trumbull, a fiercely independent and feisty nonagenarian poet. The Island, Martha’s Vineyard, has been the home to Victoria and her family for so many years and close to a century; she has had the opportunity to learn so much about her family’s history and her life. This island is a unique location which is a few miles from the island and can be accessed either by ferry or by air. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations. Nonetheless, bad things can still happen in such a location, and it can be exceedingly shocking because the inhabitants of the island are used to a low-key life.

Elizabeth is Victoria’s recently divorced granddaughter who is currently residing with Victoria and working for a New-York ex-cop, Domingo. One summer evening, Victoria hears a scream on the other side of the water. Together with her grandmother, the two head out to investigate. Upon arriving at the scene where they heard the scream, the two discover, a eviscerated body floating on the water surface. As they conduct their investigations, no one is left out of their investigations, including the wealthiest visitors to the local Native Americans. The protagonist’s highly developed sense of right and wrong together with her ethical compass steers the two characters into an exceedingly dangerous but inevitable course.

Another great book in Martha’s Vineyard mystery series is The Cranefly Orchid Murders, which is a continuation of the first installment in this series. Under this installment, the author begins the story with Victoria Trumbull, the 92-year-old native who is also a naturalist and the areas deputy police officer. Due to the loneliness that she was experiencing, Phoebe decides to sell her 200 acres of exceedingly beautiful and unspoiled piece of land to a land developer, instead of leaving the piece of land to her descendants. Phoebe does not like in particular her crass and exceedingly rude granddaughter, whose arrival did initiate a well-paced action. Due to the fact that the state of Massachusetts does have a law which prevents land owners from the destruction of endangered species of plants, Victoria who is an avid walker decides to go and look for an exceedingly rare plant, within Phoebe’s property so as to forestall the development that was planned to happen.

However, when searching for the rare species, Victoria stumbles upon a dead and decaying body within the vast piece of land. Upon conducting a series of investigations, the body is discovered to be that of Montgomery Mausz, the sleazy lawyer. Victoria makes a new side kick, Robin an eleven-year-old boy who makes a worthy companion. As the story continues, the reader gets to know about a stranger who has been pinned down to a tree, an avaricious developer who is currently married to a showgirl, earnest botanist and a Vietnam veteran. In the middle of the dealings and the double-dealings, the number of the dead bodies eventually rises.

With that being said, the Cranefly Orchid Murders is the second installment in this series, and the cast of characters has drastically changed, though the main characters from the previous installment have been retained. The book’s plot is quite interesting while the characters have been well developed. The details are not only interesting but also quite amusing making this installment in the process an easy and light read. The Cemetery Yew is the third installment in this series and in this installment, the 92-year-old octogenarian, takes one of the most bizarre cases. The harbingers of a series of outlandish murders are a misplaced coffin, a missing hearse driver, and an empty grave. The victims in the series of murders are all share a South American Connection that not only involved an exotic bird but also smuggling.

The author has laid an outlandish plot, which depicts the lives of the inhabitants of the island such as awkward teens, small town officials, awkward chefs, and small-town officials who are full of gossips and rivalries. The storyline also covers the crimes, which were committed by several big wigs who worked for the state department. Despite the fact that this is an exceedingly complicated storyline, it is still very easy to follow. As a character, Victoria is not only canny but also exceedingly astute. From time to time, we have learned that she could be misled. She is also exceedingly stubborn and cannot give up the perceptions that she has created.

Victoria relies on the intricate relationships that she had created as well as the politics and the facts that she has very many relations of the island. All the characters in this book have been well developed thus making them as realistic as possible. The protagonist is not only realistic, but she is also one of the most charming nonagenarians in the world of mystery fiction. Her years have not in any way, blunted her sharp wit and intelligence.

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