Deadly Nightshade: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

Version: Unabridged
Author: Cynthia Riggs
Narrator: Davina Porter
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2006
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Martha's Vineyard has been home to Victoria Trumbull for most of her ninety-two years. Its magic, history, and picture-perfect calm are part of her very being. But one evening, Victoria hears something that doesn't quite belong: a scream followed by a splash and a sound of a car speeding away. She investigates and discovers a body on the outgoing tide.

Despite interruptions from her granddaughter Elizabeth, the harbormaster Domingo, a swarm of Island locals, and a few mysterious visitors, Victoria manages to get in a good bit of detective work and still finds time to cook her traditional Saturday night supper of Boston baked beans. She even concocts a scheme to trap the killer. But she'll need to act quickly—victim number two has already been found.

Reviews (3)

Deadly Nightshade

Written by Margo on October 17th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

What a disappointment! the Martha's Vineyard books are usually light but very entertaining. This book was SLOW not to say deadly - no pun intended - and the characters were so uninteresting it was a relief when one of them got bumped off. Not one of Ms. Riggs best.


Written by Anonymous on February 28th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If you love the island, like I do, you will like this book. It features the island well. A "good" story, but not great.

Great story, but British accent disconcerting!

Written by clcdezines from Long Beach, CA on September 15th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this story, but it got really annoying that it was read by a British person. The story takes place on Martha's Vineyard and it truly detracted having British accents for all the characters. Still worth listening to, though.

Author Details

Author Details

Riggs, Cynthia

Cynthia Riggs, a thirteenth-generation Islander, lives on Martha's Vineyard in her family homestead, which she runs as a bed-and-breakfast catering to poets and writers. She has a degree in geology from Antioch College and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College, and she holds a U.S. Coast Guard Masters License (100-ton).