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The Bee Balm Murders (Martha's Vineyard Mystery #10)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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,...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published 2011)
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Katherine Rowland
This was my first experience with the Martha's Vineyard series, and I will probably be back. The book required a certain suspension of disbelief, with unlikely encounters, characters, and connections. But I didn't feel shortchanged by this: the whole thing was a little mirage-like, a summer daydream of a book.

The mystery itself was fairly solid, though the ending felt a little forced and truncated. The characters were, on the whole, likable, though not clearly defined in many ways. People float...more
Ivonne Rovira
Mar 12, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of nature and fine cozies
The perennially 92-year-old Victoria Trumbull — renowned poet, avid gardener, sage, and West Tisbury’s oldest police deputy — returns in The Bee Balm Murders, although in much less than fine form — at least physically. A bout of Lyme disease has the usually imperturbable Victoria struggling to think straight through her medication and not at her usual masterful cognitive level.

The introduction of fiber-optic cable to Martha’s Vineyard will be ushering the Vineyard into the 21st century. But a co...more
Cheryl A
This is the tenth in the cozy series featuring Victoria Trumball, the 92 year old part-time deputy, poet and full time Island institution. In this offering, Victoria reluctantly rents a room in her family manse to the engineer in charge of laying fiber optic cable on the island.

When a body turns up in a trench, Orion's company begins to have problems. The body is that of a potential investor and Orion has to scramble to find additional funding. At the urging of Dorothy Roche, a small investor i...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sleuth, Victoria Trumbell is a poet, newspaper columnist and a deputy to the Police Chief. She is living a full life and rents out rooms on a short term basis.

Orion Nanopoulos is trying to lay fiber optics on the vineyard and is also looking for venture capitalists to invest in his company. Orion rents a room from Victoria.

There is a body found in a trench where some of the optics are to be laid. It is the body of one of the investors. And, that kicks off the mystery.

To be honest, I had difficul...more
The latest in this series involving a 92 year old Martha’s Vineyard native, journalist/poet/police deputy, began much darker than previous novels. Full of ominous foreshadowing, I feared the intrepid Victoria Trumbull was being “phased out,” the stage being set for her physical decline. Riggs has always been honest about the many facets of Martha’s Vineyard (not the “summer home to the stars” view) – socioeconomic challenges, drug and alcohol addiction, political intrigue. However, the unscrupul...more
Rebecca Tousey
Enjoyed it.

Enjoyed it.

I love the characters. it would have earned 5 stars if she revealed more about them. and the ending was too short. I want to know more about how the project worked out. Even just the author inserting an afterward telling us that more about the characters would be in the next book scheduled to be released on . . .
Georgiann Hennelly
Victoria Trumbull was born and raised on Martha,s vineyard. Traditions are important to the ninety-two year old amateur sleuth and poet. But she knows modern innovations like new fiber -optic cables are inevitable for the historic island. Her new tenant is actually in charge of the project. But when the companys biggest potential investor is found dead in a ditch, Victoria starts her own investigation. After a wealthy newcomer also invests and the appearance of a few more financiers with duplici...more
A charming book with a great setting in Martha's Vineyard. I enjoyed the characterizations although some of the characters were a bit overdone - bad guys that not even a mother could love. The 92 year old detective is very appealing - I want to be like her when (if) I reach that age!
This was my first read in the series. I came upon this book in a read-a-book, take-a-book shelf in the library. I really enjoyed. The setting was charming and I just loved the characters. I am looking forwarding to reading more titles in this Martha's Vineyard whodunit set.
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Ridiculous characters, horrible pacing. I don't understand the appeal of this author/series.
I've enjoyed past books in this series enough to keep me reading when I got discouraged with this one, which seems more vague and less cohesive than the earlier entries. Elderly poet and deputy sheriff Victoria Trumbull reluctantly agrees to let a room to engineer Orion Nanopolous, who is planning to install a fiber optic line across Martha's Vineyard. There are several scam artists who want a piece of Orion's pie, and one of his investors is found dead in a ditch. Victoria has a case of Lyme's...more
I have to admit I did not care for this one so much, I am sorry to say. Only because the “mystery” felt too “corporate”/”white collar” that it didn’t really hold my interest. For instance, the main character, Orion Nanapoulos would say something like, “If I am the CEO, but we reorganize things so that it’s under a different corporation name and so-and-so becomes the CFO. . . . .” zzzzz, by this time, I am zoning out and my brain is going “la la la la la.” The elements I *DID* like, however, incl...more
Victoria did another fine job of solving the mysteries and feeding bees with her flower garden. Interesting look at fiber optic cable installation. I really like this series and whipped through this book while on vacation on Tangier Island.
Gregory Hart
I found this book to be a mix between two famous characters, well my favorite at least, Miss Marple from Agatha Christie and Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote. I Loved the character Victoria Trumble, she's a lively character and despite her age, she will do what she wants and how she wants. However with that being said, the book jumped from character to another, allowing to have to many characters in the book to follow and it can sometimes be confusing.
Jim Sampson
Victoria and her new and old island friends have stumbled on another murder on Martha's vineyard. I enjoyed this authors way of spinning a cozy story. Main character is a joy to read on with. The story is enjoyable and simply a great cozy story. But it is the end the baffled me. No real solution but I guess this happens in the real world all the time. Find the prime suspects and then you go from there. Still a good story.
Vicki Gooding
The main character, Mrs. Trumbull is a delightful character. The character line up is good, and the story line is good. I was a tad disappointed by the ending. After the murder-she-wrote type of build up, you almost have to guess if the murderer of one or both of the two in the book is who you think they've exposed. Other than that, I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading other Victoria Trumbull mysteries.
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I liked Victoria Trumbull the series protagonist but it is hard to believe that she is 92 and getting around as well as she does. I really liked the book (it is #10 in the series) and will go back and read the others in the series. However I can't imagine this series going on much longer or if it does being believable with the sleuth being so old.
I wonder if this drilling device they used to lay fiber-optic cable on Martha's Vineyard really exists! Orion is upgrading the bandwidth on the island, but Valpone is discovered dead in one of his trenches. Orion is staying with Victoria, who gets involved in trying to find the killer. For the first time, she seems to be showing her age.
didn't enjoy this book at all, nearly gave up half way through as the unlikeable characters and the far fetched, all- over- the -place plot made for painful reading. Didn't even care what happened at the end or who the murderer was as the story was so ridiculous and boring!
Basia Barbara

Of all of the books so far in this series, this was my favorite. The issue of cable TV and internet is still active. I wish I knew how much of this really happened and how much was fiction. I really hope the Mob does not have a foothold on the island.
Linda Allen
I like this series a lot and marked this one as "really liked", which I did until the end. They never definitely identified the killer as far am I'm concerned.
Brenda Kirton
Very good mystery. Victoria's instincts on people should never be ignored. Parts of the ending were a little ambiguous but still a good read.
9th or 10th in the series of 12, it was OK. I didn't care for the way all the suspects were brought together at the end, and the guilty exposed.
A bit disappointed with the ending, the murderer was never really named--a loss end? Books by author Cynthia Riggs are usually tidy???
Cute story. Kind of like murder she wrote. Easy reading and could probably finish it in a day.
A little too cozy for me. Read the first half and the last 2 chapters. Pleasant.
Very good read. Quite enjoyable. Looking to read more by Cynthia
Not my favorite in the series but still entertaining
Perfect summer reading..........
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Cynthia Riggs, a tall gray-haired and imposing figure, is a 13th generation Islander, the mother of five and daughter of author and poet Dionis Coffin Riggs and school principal and printmaker Sidney N. Riggs.

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