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The Bee Balm Murders

A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

Martha's Vineyard Mysteries (Volume 10)

Cynthia Riggs

Minotaur Books

The one-of-a-kind sleuth Victoria Trumbull must solve another puzzling mystery on Martha’s Vineyard, her Island home. 

It’s spring on the Island, and at the suggestion of her beekeeper, Victoria takes in a new boarder, Orion Nanopoulos. Orion is leading a project to lay a fiber-optic cable across the island. When a body is found in the trench where they are laying the cable, Orion tells Victoria he recognizes the dead man as someone who was a potential investor. Victoria, renowned for her skill at solving crimes and for her knowledge about the Island’s residents, is hired by the dead man’s sons to investigate the murder.

The Bee Balm Murders is the tenth entry in this delightful cozy series. Boasting a unique heroine, an eccentric cast, and beautiful descriptions of Martha’s Vineyard, it’s sure to please fans and create new ones.


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CHAPTER 1
 

The bee balm, in full ragged bloom in Victoria Trumbull’s garden, was taller than she’d ever seen it, probably because of the heavy June rains. Victoria, at ninety-two, had known seasons when the minty-smelling plants never bloomed. This year they formed a dense fire-engine-red blanket that she could see from the west window. True to its name, the bee balm resonated with the buzz of honeybees, dozens and dozens in this patch of brilliance.
Sean McBride, the beekeeper, had set up seven hives in Victoria’s west pasture. Each hive had twenty thousand
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Praise for The Bee Balm Murders

The Bee-Balm Murders is another delightful entry in Cynthia Riggs' Martha's Vineyard series.  Victoria Trumbull--my favorite senior sleuth--is back in action, keeping my beloved island safe from deadly intruders, and making it ever so much more interesting and fun.”--Linda Fairstein 

"Cynthia Riggs triumphs again! Who better than Victoria Trumbull to navigate us through a captivating mix of authentic Vineyard scenes, people, and values, all impacted by the omnipotent forces of the natural world and elemental human nature."--Matthew Stackpole, former Executive Director of the Martha's Vineyard Museum

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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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