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Jack In the Pulpit
Dunne, June 2004, 22.95, 208 pp. ISBN 0312330111 Ninety two years old Victoria Trumbull is as spry as a person half her age and her mental faculties are probably sounder than most of those in their fourties. Her granddaughter Elizabeth is living with her after escaping her abusive husband Lockwood who unknown to them is on Martha's Vineyard. He watches his ex-wife and is waiting for the right time to “talk” to her. When the women find out he i...
The Cemetery Yew
Dunne, Sep 2003, 22.95, 208 pp. ISBN: 0312321260 The Nortons want to relocate the remains of a cousin from her burial spot under the Martha's Vineyard cemetery's yew tree to a plot in Milwaukee. However, the gravediggers find no remains when they inter the dirt at the location. Ninety-two year old Victoria Trumbull comes by just as the diggers give up assuming that the exhuming should have been somewhere else. Rumors say otherwise. Not long...
The Cranefly Orchid Murders
St. Martins, May 2002, 23.95, 272 pp. ISBN 0312301456 Victoria Trumbull is a spry ninety-two year old woman who lives on Martha's Vineyard year round. She has more energy than most people half her age, goes hiking, writes poetry and reads to the residents of the retirement home. One of Victoria's neighbors, Phoebe Eldridge, has just sold her home and land to another Martha's Vineland resident, Harry Ness. While hiking Victoria discov...
The Paperwhite Narcissus
Dunne, May 2005, 22.95, 224 pp. ISBN 0312339836 On Martha's Vineyard, ninety two year old Victoria Trumbull is fired from her job at the Island Enquirer where she has been writing the West Tisbury column for over a half a century. Publisher Colley Jameson feels he can get someone to work the section cheaper. Shortly thereafter, he gets a fake obituary notice that he believes Victoria sent to him but she denies it vehemently. Instead the nonage...


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