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Cynthia Riggs
A Martha's Vineyard Mystery Writer
Meet Victoria Trumbull

In Cynthia Riggs' Martha's Vineyard mysteries, we follow one of fiction's most delightful and most realistic amateur detectives. Victoria Trumbull is a feisty ninety-two-year-old who refuses to let the aches and pains of age stop her from enjoying her multifarious activities. Oh, and you just might catch her serving baked beans on a Saturday night.

Cynthia's Books
Howard and Cynthia: A Love Story
From Off Island, by Dionis Coffin Riggs
Victoria Trumbull's Martha's Vineyard
Murder on C-Dock
Poison Ivy
The Bee Balm Murders
Death and Honesty
Shooting Star
Double Murder on
Martha's Vineyard
Indian Pipes
The Paperwhite
Jack in the Pulpit
The Cemetery Yew
The Cranefly Orchid
Deadly Nightshade

• Available on KindleAvailable on Kindle: Deadly Nightshade, The Cranefly Orchid Murders, The Cemetery Yew, Jack in the Pulpit, Poison Ivy, and Bloodroot. Look for the Kindle icon throughout this site.

Win a Trip to Victoria Trumbull’s
Martha’s Vineyard!

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).

guidebookThe 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

Other News

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 Murder on C-Dock covernautical 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 Vineyard Victoria Trumbull's Martha's Vineyard (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 AN ORDER


About Cynthia
Cynthia Riggs with McCavity

"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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