Win a Trip to Victoria Trumbull’s
If you’re in the Cape Cod area, you could win a weekend stay at the Cleaveland House B&B, the home of fictional sleuth Victoria Trumbull and real-life mystery author Cynthia Riggs.
Eight Cousins Books, 189 Main St., Falmouth, is throwing a Friends & Family Evening on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m., and one of the many door prizes is a weekend stay at the Cleaveland House B&B for the winner and a guest.
The winner gets to choose the date (as long as the room isn’t already booked).
The prize includes round-trip passenger tickets aboard the Steamship Authority ferry; copies of Victoria Trumbull’s Martha’s Vineyard and Bloodroot, Cynthia Riggs’s latest mystery; and Island sweets.
Other prizes offered that evening: a copy of Cats of Martha’s Vineyard by Vineyard photographer Lynn Christoffers; passenger tickets on the Steamship Authority ferry; Island restaurant gift certificates; Martha's Vineyard puzzles; Martha's Vineyard calendars; Island sweets; and more.
The grand door prize is worth more than $500 and could be yours without paying a cent. Just come to the Friends & Family Evening on December 1 at Eight Cousins Books, 189 Main St., Falmouth, MA 02540.
Eight Cousins Books thanks these contributors for making this prize possible:
• Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
• The Steamship Authority
Cape Cod Broadcasting Media
• The Black Dog Tavern Company, Inc.
• Minotaur Books, St. Martin's Press and Peter J. Wolverton
• Fields Publishing and Charles Fields
• Cynthia Riggs
• Lynn Christoffers
• Cleaveland House B&B
• New Lane Sundries and Linda Lee Alley
• Mystery Donor
In August 2015 Cynthia was awarded the Martha's Vineyard Medal, given by the Martha's Vineyard Museum to honor "leaders in the community who have had an outstanding commitment to preserve the history, arts, and culture of the Island."
In her acceptance speech, Cynthia noted her family's long association with the museum and its predecessor, the Dukes County Historical Society. Her father, Dr. Sidney Riggs, founded The Dukes County Intelligencer, a twice-yearly journal featuring articles and images about Vineyard history.
She also praised the creativity and vitality of Island people and was pleased to accept the award on their behalf.
Read the whole speech on Cynthia's Martha's Vineyard Mysteries blog.
Cynthia accepts the Martha's Vineyard Medal on the museum's Vineyard Haven campus. Photo by Lynn Christoffers. Courtesy of the Martha's Vineyard Times.
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Plot twists happen in real life as well as in fiction!
One of them happened to Cynthia in 2012: a man she’d worked and become friends with as a college intern in 1950 got back in touch.
One thing led to another, and after several months of exchanging letters, emails, and photos, Cynthia went west to San Diego to visit her long-ago colleague, Howard Attebery.
In 1950 Cynthia was 18. Howie was 28.
In 2012 — well, you do the math.
To make a long and wonderful story short, they became engaged. READ MORE...
• For 12 years, Cynthia lived on a houseboat on the Washington, D.C., waterfront — and she's put her nautical experience to nefarious use in Murder on C-Dock, the first in her new D.C. Waterfront Whodunit series. When Commodore Dunn is murdered, there's no shortage of suspects: everyone on C-Dock had reason to wish him dead. Persie Lee Butler's sleuthing soon turns up a web of secrets that goes back 30 years — and puts her own life in danger. Murder on C-Dock features a stunning cover by Martha's Vineyard artist Elizabeth R. Whelan, a sailor herself who knows her boats.
Cynthia Riggs, photographer Lynn Christoffers, and artist Stephen Wesley
have produced a unique guide book: Victoria Trumbull's Martha's
(Cleaveland House Books). It features stunning photos by
Lynn Christoffers, great maps by Stephen (Step) Wesley, and
an insider's text by Cynthia Riggs. Now you can visit the places featured in
the Martha's Vineyard Mystery Series. READ
THE REVIEWS, PLACE
READ MORE NEWS...
"One should know by now never to underestimate
Ms. Riggs. Educated as a geologist, she taught at
the Annapolis Sailing School, lived on a 44-foot houseboat
for 12 years while running the Chesapeake Bay Ferry
Boat Company, was a rigger at Martha's Vineyard Shipyard,
and in her late 60s, she earned an MFA in creative
writing from Vermont College, and has, in each ensuing
year, produced one of the Vineyard-based, Victoria
Trumbull mysteries." by C.K. Wolfson, Martha's
Vineyard Times BIOGRAPHY
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