Books by Cynthia Riggs

Cynthia Riggs, a thirteenth-generation Islander, lives on Martha's Vineyard in her family homestead, now a bed-and-breakfast catering to poets and writers. She has a degree in geology from Antioch College, an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College,


WIDOW'S WREATH by Cynthia Riggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Riggs' heroine has a smaller role than usual in an exciting and twisted tale of hatred and family honor that will keep you guessing until the end."
A favor for a relative involves a poet and sleuth in yet another murder. Read full book review >
TRUMPET OF DEATH by Cynthia Riggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Riggs' pleasantly old-fashioned sleuth (Bloodroot, 2016, etc.) is still clever enough to come up with a surprising culprit in another graceful homage to the island both she and her author call home."
It takes a sleuth with years of experience and loads of local connections to solve the murder of a very unpopular woman. Read full book review >
BLOODROOT by Cynthia Riggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Riggs, who describes the beauties of her acerbic sleuth's island home as lovingly as ever, provides a more satisfying conclusion than usual this time around."
Think you don't enjoy your dental visits? Imagine how you'd feel if you didn't survive them! Read full book review >
THE BEE BALM MURDERS by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2011

"Another valentine to the beauties of Martha's Vineyard and the wintry Victoria (Touch-Me-Not, 2010, etc.), who solves the featherweight mystery as handily as any 92-year-old."
Another adventure for Martha's Vineyard's oldest sleuth. Read full book review >
TOUCH-ME-NOT by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"A less convoluted plot than usual (Death and Honesty, 2009, etc.), along with the requisite paeans to the glories of Martha's Vineyard, make this one of Riggs's better efforts."
Is 92 the new 50? It's certainly no bar to being the best sleuth on Martha's Vineyard. Read full book review >
SHOOTING STAR by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 29, 2007

"Less local lore and more amusing characters make this outing one of Riggs's best."
Amateur theater, a serial killer and a missing child are all in a day's work for a starchy old part-time Martha's Vineyard deputy. Read full book review >
INDIAN PIPES by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 22, 2006

"Victoria's resourcefulness is the only thing to cheer in this mundane tale."
Instead of going gently into that good night, 92-year-old Victoria Trumbull, accompanied by her granddaughter Elizabeth, is finding another corpse. Read full book review >
THE PAPERWHITE NARCISSUS by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2005

"Fans may enjoy the geriatric gyrations. Others will dream of vacations in places less insular."
Ninety-two-year-old Veronica Trumbull (Jack in the Pulpit, 2004, etc.) ignites a publishing war on Martha's Vineyard that almost breaks the library's copy machine. Oh, yes. She also solves several murders. Read full book review >
JACK IN THE PULPIT by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 2004

"Filled with island flora, fauna, landmarks, habits, quirks, and quaint local accents. If it all seems familiar, even the tired excuse for a plot, that's probably what Riggs intends (The Cemetery Yew, 2003, etc.)."
Solving four murders barely slows down nonagenarian Martha's Vineyard sleuth Victoria Trumbull. Read full book review >
THE CEMETERY YEW by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 8, 2003

"Even lovers of pesky amateur sleuths and Martha's Vineyard lore will agree it's past time for Victoria (The Cranefly Orchid Murders, 2002, etc.) to retire for good."
Bodies everywhere except where they belong—in a tidy plot. Read full book review >
THE CRANEFLY ORCHID MURDERS by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2002

"A nice nap might refresh Victoria's reasoning prowess, though."
When Phoebe Eldridge signs over her property to Montgomery Mausz, attorney for real-estate developer Harry Ness, who wants to build Ocean Zephyr Estates, most of Martha's Vineyard is up in arms. Read full book review >
DEADLY NIGHTSHADE by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Not even the last page offers the promise of relief, since Book Two is in the works."
The first mystery from lifelong Martha's Vineyard resident Riggs tosses in what you might expect from her home base—clams, weathered docks, folksy locals—as well as a couple of outré murders, one by disembowelment and another by harpoon stabbing. Read full book review >