The Bee Balm Murders: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

Cynthia Riggs. Minotaur, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-58179-4
At the start of Riggs's beguiling 10th Martha's Vineyard mystery (after 2010's Touch-Me-Not), beekeeper Sean McBride, who tends the seven hives in 92-year-old Victoria Trumbull's west pasture, refers a new boarder to her—entrepreneur Orion Nanopoulos. The genial Orion, who pays without protest about double the usual rate for an attic room with no TV in Victoria's comfortably ramshackle West Tisbury house, heads a project to lay fiber-optic cables across the island. After his main prospective investor, Brooklyn construction tycoon Angelo Vulpone, turns up dead in a work ditch, the victim's family hires Victoria to investigate, while Orion contends with the confidence artists circling vulture-like around his project's newly gaping financial shortfall. Scenes set off-island may lack the convincing detail of those on the Vineyard, but the author's charismatic heroine and assured prose more than compensate. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/21/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 451 pages - 978-1-4104-3937-6
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