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Title : Jack in the Pulpit
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ISBN : 9780312330118
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Jack in the Pulpit Reviews

  • Sparrow
    2018-09-11 01:34

    A rather botanical book: even the title is a floral in-joke! (Though it also refers to a guy named Jack who is minister of the Congregationalist Church – replacing another clergymen named Jack.) Weakening this novel are the early descriptions of autumn, where Potts uses the world’s vaguest word: “colors.” For example:"The mirror surface of the Mill Pond doubled and magnified the edging of shrubbery and reflected early changing colors of sumac and woodbine."When I saw, in the second paragraph, that the detective is a 92 year old woman, whose name is Victoria, I realized that this was the book for me.Victoria lives in a heterogenous household like Samuel Johnson (replete with an artist named Angelo who was formerly a stockbroker – perhaps a nod to "The Moon and Sixpence") on Martha’s Vineyard. Apparently her house has 45 doors and 52 windows. She writes one of those lovable weekly small town gossip columns that recounts everyone who left town for a week, graduated high school, etc. (Sadly, we never see it.)Riggs is particularly strong on the geography of the island, whose ponds abut the sea, and whose unmarked sandy backroads crisscross secretively. A terror of casseroles permeates "Jack in the Pulpit."

  • Meghan
    2018-08-23 19:30

    I really enjoy this series. Traditional cozy mystery, great setting & interesting characters.

  • Olgalijo
    2018-09-09 22:47

    This is the 4th or 5th book in the series, but it actually tells the "start" of the tale. Even if only because it answers questions I found myself being more interested in the story than usual.

  • Sally
    2018-08-22 22:39

    This is the 4th book in the Martha's Vineyard cozy mystery series and a bit better than the 2nd and 3rd ones. I keep reading these because I can get the audio for free through my local library's Overdrive. I have been hoping they would get better, but so far they aren't great. As far as old-lady mystery solvers go, I like Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax much, much better.

  • Rebecca
    2018-09-08 23:48

    92 year old Victoria Trumbull has lived on Martha's Vineyard her whole life and shows no signs of slowing down, though she has just been forced to give up her driver's license, to her chagrin. Now she rides around either with her live-in granddaughter Elizabeth or the new police chief, Casey (or K.C.--couldn't tell from the audiobook). Soon Victoria's detectival skills are called into play as elderly people are dying right and left of mysterious symptoms that could just be coincidence, or could be something more. Then Elizabeth's dangerous ex-husband turns up stalking her. Is he connected to the deaths? Meanwhile there's a feud going on between the newly-retired minister Jack and the new minister Jack, who doesn't want the former Jack on his patch for at least a couple of years. Everything is not quite as it seems, and it's up to Victoria to sort it out.This book is hard to describe because it rambles so, and is about 90% red herring, which makes it really hard to figure out what's important to pay attention to--and then when you find out, you wonder what the heck the rest of it was doing there when it led nowhere. Usually red herrings are sorted out even if they're not connected to the murder, and there are some resolutions here, but fizzly ones--lots of promise, big fizzle at the end. On the plus side there are wonderful descriptions of the island and island life, so if that's what you're after, go for it. Victoria is a fun character and not unflawed, and the other locals are just as interesting. Overall a good setup for cozy mysteries, but I just felt that the plot elements were too disconnected.

  • Nathalie S
    2018-09-15 02:29

    Gaahhhh!!! I just wrote a review which was just barely lost, so here goes again. This book features a 92-year old Martha's Vineyard version of Miss Marple, Victoria Trumbull. Several people suddenly die in this small town including the dog catcher's who, as a younger woman, doesn't fit the profile--her death is attributed to a bad case of flu. But all the murders have something in common--food gifts. There is an on-the-edge of your seat creepy stalking scene as a side story, involving Victoria's granddaughter's ex-husband. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that this creep doesn't get punished enough in my estimation. One of the town police officers gets rid of him in a funny and clever way but that nasty bit needs to be off the streets. Anyhoo, still very entertaining. I will seek out other books in this series.

  • Barbara
    2018-09-18 20:48

    A Martha's Vineyard Mystery which goes back in time, in a sense, to tell how ninety-two year old Victoria Trumbull became the new police chief's deputy. Therefore, while this is the fourth in a series, it actually takes place in time before the other books. I really enjoy this feisty, independent older woman. Besides the main murder plot, which may involve the current minister or the wife of the former minister, there is a subplot regarding the ex-husband of Victoria's niece, Elizabeth, who has returned to live on the island with her aunt. Complicated enough to be interesting, enjoyable, and not obvious about "who dun it".

  • Cynthia
    2018-09-01 23:45

    This was a quick, fun read. I picked it up at the library one afternoon this week because I just wanted to be able to sit and relax with something I had not read before. I did not know this was the 4th in a series, or I would have started at the beginning, but it was not confusing for me to figure out, so no problem.The characters were engaging, Riggs was good at giving the reader someone to love and someone to hate. It wasn't on-the-edge-of-my-chair reading, but overall, I liked her style. I will probably read the remainder in the series, just to underscore was I'm trying to learn about this genre.

  • Mysteryfan
    2018-09-07 00:45

    The fourth book in the series. I wasn't pleased. The main story was predictable. The author would abandon it for several chapters at a time, for a secondary, rather boring, story. I listened to the audiobook. I don't think mysteries are best-suited for audiobooks, as there's too much to keep track of. The vocal presentation was annoying. The reader seemed to be channeling Kathryn Hepburn for Victoria Trumbull. She didn't have much vocal variety for the male characters. This is supposed to be the fourth book in the series, but this is where she gets a badge and hat, which appeared in earlier books.

  • Arizonagirl
    2018-08-21 22:31

    Martha's Vineyard series, book #4. This is listed as book #4, but it seems like it should be the first in the series. It explains how the police chief Casey O'Neill deputizes Victoria Trumbull, how Victoria loses her driver's license, and how Victoria's granddaughter Elizabeth ends up living with Victoria. The Jack in the Pulpit refers to the two Jacks that are the current and former church reverends. Several elderly parishioners, who had recently committed to making bequests to the church, unexpectedly die from Amanita mushroom poisoning.

  • Ann
    2018-08-30 20:58

    Victoria Turnbull is puzzled when four people die suddenly in her town. Three of them were elderly but one was a younger woman. Victoria had taken her a casserole someone left for her and the young woman died the next day. It soon becomes evident that someone is killing senior citizens. If Victoria had eaten the casserole she would have been the fifth victim. This was a good installment and it covers the time when Victoria is made a deputy police officer of the town. I love this series and this was a very good installment.

  • Kathleen
    2018-09-22 00:38

    I set out to complete this series over Labor Day weekend, and I almost made it. Five books in four days, the books full of endearing, familiar characters and new, sinistyer ones as well. Plot developments continued to be dark, revealing a side to Martha's Vineyard one might not anticipate. Who knew there were so many poisonous plants? I like the way the author respects the young and the old and the various cultures living side by side.Paper White Narcissus is the last book but it is not listed on goodreads...sigh.

  • Laura
    2018-09-18 01:49

    If a cozy mystery is what you are looking for, this one certainly delivers a slew of cozy scenes and descriptions. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a lighthearted, gentle mystery without a lot of edge. At times the coziness was a bit too cloying, like tea with too much sugar made by your grandma. But, I'll probably come back for another cup. How can you resist a cuppa from your grandma?

  • Michele bookloverforever
    2018-09-03 01:32

    a new sheriff comes to martha's vineyard. she teams up with 92 year old victoria trumbell who knows everyone and everything about the vineyard. there is of course a murder and the 2 team up to solve it. I like both characters. the murder plot is adequate. the dialogue is good and the plot does move quickly.

  • Grey853
    2018-08-29 20:39

    Someone is poisoning the elderly and it's up to Victoria to find out. It's a cozy whodunit laced with all kinds of interesting characters.I would've given it a 4 except I didn't like the part that dealt with the abusive ex of Victoria's granddaughter. He was a real creep and a bit too realistic to be cozy.

  • Carolyn E
    2018-09-09 23:45

    I haven't read anything by Cynthia Riggs in quite a while, although I have always enjoyed her stories. I expect this one, as well as the other Martha's Vineyard myteries, would be categorized as a "cozy" mystery. It was a fun read; I enjoyed it.

  • Catherine Woodman
    2018-09-14 21:51

    "Indian Pipes" is an enjoyable mystery. Victoria is a great creation - at 92 she is sharp as a tack, energetic, stubborn, and a deputy assisting police chief Casey O'Neill. Author Cynthia Riggs does a good job of capturing life on Martha's Vineyard and the gambling plot line is a timely one as casinos are indeed being talked about in Massachusetts.

  • Ruth
    2018-09-09 01:38

    book 4 in marthas vineyard series fun cozy

  • Mary Jane
    2018-09-16 18:33

    I found another Martha's Vineyard writer!! Riggs' famous Victoria is an island treasure!

  • Jaret
    2018-08-28 22:41

    A really cute cozy mystery starring a feisty 92-year-old sleuth. There were lots of false turns and red herrings. The final resolution was funny and I enjoyed listening to it unwind.

  • Catherine
    2018-08-24 20:30

    Cynthia Riggs presents a different image of Martha's Vineyard than is probably common, and combines that with well drawn and consistent characters. Enjoy!

  • Kathy
    2018-09-19 23:37

    I really enjoy this series-the characters, setting, plots and plot twists. As in the others, there is a bounty of suspects, and here also a twist I've never seen before.

  • Sherri
    2018-09-13 19:37

    I enjoyed this mystery, a real whodunit type of book. Very interesting and it never makes you want to eat mushrooms ever again-LOL!!

  • Val
    2018-09-20 00:41

    a murder mystery set in Martha's Vineyard. This is a great series starring a 92 yr old woman who lives on the Island and seems to stumble into murders and, in the end, helps solve them.

  • Cindy
    2018-08-23 21:56

    A.W.F.U.LI like to read books about plants and herbs and Martha's vineyard....but this was disjointed and confusing: to me!

  • Consuela
    2018-09-13 21:37

    More Victoria Trumbull!!

  • Beth Revers
    2018-09-03 23:46

    An interesting book, and enough to inspire me to go back and read the series. A different take on Martha's Vineyard that Philip Craig, whose books I still miss.

  • Kay
    2018-09-09 18:46


  • Leslie
    2018-09-09 00:33

    Victoria does it again! The deadly mushrooms has turned me off of them for a few meals.

  • Debra
    2018-09-18 23:35

    Good as an audio book. British reader does pretty well.