THE PAPERWHITE NARCISSUS
St. Martin’s Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010-7848
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
Rating: 5 Cups
Victoria Trumbull suddenly finds herself unemployed. After all these loyal years, Colley Jameson cancels Victoria’s weekly column. She cannot believe that she has been told the paper needs a younger look; after all, she is only ninety-two-years-old. But Victoria is one determined lady and she refuses to allow Colley to get her down. Especially when she heads over to the competition, the West Tisbury Grackle, and starts reporting on a murder that involves one of Colley’s ex-wives.
Colley Jameson believes the newspaper should remove the old and ring in the new, so to speak. He is the typical narcissist that disregards his wives, employment, even his associates, because he believes the world exists only for him.
As founder and editor of the Grackle, William Botts leads an uncomplicated life, until Victoria takes a job and increases subscribers to the paper.
Victoria is more than a bit irritated when let go of the West Tisbury news column. Colley informs her that he is not firing her, only asking her to retire. The man is obnoxious and does not even make a good editor. She decides the best way for revenge is to take employment with the competitor. William never imagined his paper would skyrocket after she starts working with him, but in no time, the paper is booming. Victoria continues to battle wits with Colley, and after he starts receiving obituaries concerning him, when he is very much alive, he can only turn to her for help. With too many pressing issues with murders and ex-wives, along with threats against him, he feels he might be the next victim. Victoria realizes she is the only person that might be able to actually save the hide on Colley’s back, to include the newspaper, but she is not certain that he can match her price to save his life.
The Paperwhite Narcissus Book five of the Victoria Trumbull series is another highly charged mystery that keeps the pages turning. As always, Victoria is a class act that lets no one get in her way. I loved where she had the confrontation with Colley after being laid off her job. The secondary characters blend in well with the setting and the casting of William is a remarkable addition to the storyline. Ms. Riggs has once again stolen my heart with another great pen. This book is charming, full of wit, and gives the reader a great lady with Victoria Trumbull. I hope she continues to stay around for many years. The Paperwhite Narcissus is one extraordinary read that this reader absolutely enjoyed! It is like a fine wine that gets better with age, and Victoria only proves that she tops them all with a well-deserving 5 cups.
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