Victoria Trumbull, ninety-two-year-old native of
Martha's Vineyard, is savoring the sea air over Vineyard
Sound with her granddaughter, Elizabeth, when she
spots a person who seems in trouble near the top of
the cliff. Elizabeth goes for help, but it's too latethe
man dies before he can be rescued.
The man had been hired as a consultant to see whether
a site's soil could support a sewage system for a
possible casino. The police call his death an accident,
but it is just the first in what becomes a series
of baffling murders involving a Harley-Davidson and
Indian motorcyclists' rally, tribal disputes, squabbling
developers, and deeply buried family secrets.
Victoria, who was named a deputy police officer after
she proved how valuable she was to fighting crime
on the Island, is on the case, assisted by her Wampanoag
friend Dojan Minnowfish. Her official position is
giving her the confidence to take risks that horrify
police chief Casey O'Neill. But Victoria compensates
for her physical limitations by out-thinking the bad
As in her previous books in the series, Cynthia Riggs
captures the rich and varied setting of Martha's Vineyardfrom
colorful Gay Head cliffs to the motorcyclists' campground
where Indian pipes blossom and diein this stunning
sixth Victoria Trumbull adventure.
Indian Pipes is available in bookstores on Martha's Vineyard and by mail order from the author.
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