Shooting Star

A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

Martha's Vineyard Mysteries (Volume 7)

Cynthia Riggs

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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In Shooting Star, ninety-two-year-old poet Victoria Trumbull becomes embroiled in controversy at the community theater on Martha’s Vineyard. The new artistic director has announced plans to replace local amateur talent with off-Island professionals, and the cast and crew react murderously.
 
Victoria intended the theater’s current production, her adaptation of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, to debunk the common farcical movie-monster interpretation by returning to Shelley’s original serious commentary on the Industrial Revolution. However, after the night of the dress rehearsal, Victoria loses control over the production, and her drama begins to take a strange course.
 
On that night, the eight-year-old boy playing the part of Frankenstein’s young brother disappears, and before a search can begin, a killer strikes. The Vineyard’s police forces mobilize for an Island-wide search. In the original story of Frankenstein, the boy is the first victim of the monster, and Victoria fears that a copycat killer is following her playscript. She determines to find the missing boy and track down the killer before more deaths occur.
 
Along with familiar Island characters from her previous books, the author introduces a cast of new and often eccentric players. Shooting Star, the seventh book in the Martha’s Vineyard mystery series, explores the rich setting of the Island that author Cynthia Riggs knows well, from the rose-covered Dukes County jail on Edgartown’s Main Street to the quaint ferry terminal in Oak Bluffs. It’s a delightful read that both fans and newcomers to the series will be sure to enjoy.

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Shooting Star
CHAPTER 1Act One ended when Justine was hanged.Victoria Trumbull, the ninety-two-year-old poet and playwright, sat in an aisle seat near the front of the theater watching the dress rehearsal of her adaptation of Frankenstein. For this occasion she wore her best suit, dark green plaid, and a blouse with a soft bow at the neck. She sat tall and held her head high. Her eagle-beak nose jutted out between deep-set, hooded eyes.Dearborn Hill, artistic director for the Island Players, a large man with theatrically rumpled white hair, climbed up the steps to the stage.

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Cynthia Riggs

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).

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Shooting Star
A Martha's Vineyard Mystery
Cynthia Riggs

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2007
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312370275
ISBN10: 031237027X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$23.95

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2007
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ISBN: 9781466819641
ISBN10: 1466819642
272 pages
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