On her first day as adjunct professor at Ivy Green College, Victoria Trumbull recognizes the stench emanating from her classroom as more than just dead mice. Brownie, the groundskeeper's mangy mutt, soon discovers a second body hiding beneath a cluster of poison ivy.Read more...
On her first day as adjunct professor at Ivy Green College, Victoria Trumbull recognizes the stench emanating from her classroom as more than just dead mice. Brownie, the groundskeeper's mangy mutt, soon discovers a second body hiding beneath a cluster of poison ivy.
The stakes have never been higher for Ivy Green, which is on the brink of losing already-lukewarm support from its accredited partner, Cape Cod University. Thackery Wilson, the founder of Ivy Green, worries that the bad publicity from the murders will obliterate the financial and academic support the tiny college and its dependent students desperately need. As the bodies continue to pile up, all tenure committee members, Victoria and Brownie find themselves hunting a serial killer and trying to save the college.
This charming 11th entry in Cynthia Rigg's Martha's Vineyard mystery series brings the island to life with a cast of eccentric characters led by a unique and endearing sleuth.
- ISBN-13: 9781250058676
- ISBN-10: 1250058678
- Publisher: Minotaur Books
- Publish Date: March 2015
- Page Count: 304
Series: Martha's Vineyard Mysteries (Hardcover)
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-01-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Nonagenarian Victoria Trumbull is still active and alert, but the plot of Riggs’s 11th Martha’s Vineyard mystery (after 2011’s The Bee Balm Murders) creaks. Victoria, an acclaimed poet and unlikely police deputy, has agreed to teach a class at tiny, struggling Ivy Green College on the island. The problems between the college’s founder, Thackery Wilson, and the oversight committee appointed by Cape Cod University get worse quickly when a corpse found in a garage crawl space turns out to be wealthy supporter Harlan Bliss. More bodies, some years old, are uncovered, without a clue to the killer. Meanwhile, two students of professor Roberta Chadwick are upset by her handling of their research papers. Victoria does her best to help the students, a floundering Wilson, and the police stop a serial killer with an appetite for academics. While Riggs gets the Vineyard background right, not much of what happens makes a lot of sense. Agent: Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Agency. (Mar.)