Widow’s Wreath, Cynthia Riggs’ most recent book and the 14th in the Martha’s Vineyard Mystery installment, has just hit the shelves, and, like most of its predecessors, is partially autobiographical.


The early manuscript was written more than 30 years ago when the West Tisbury author was living on a houseboat in Washington, D.C. Now Murder at C-Dock marks the launch of a new murder mystery series.

After 62 years apart, Cynthia Riggs and Howard Attebery now live happily and very much in love in West Tisbury. On May 25, they celebrated their one year anniversary as husband and wife.


They say rain on your wedding day is the mark of a happy marriage, and if the weather was any indication for Cynthia Riggs and Howard Attebery on Saturday evening, the couple will be together for a very long time.

Cynthia Riggs and Howard Attebery were married Saturday before a crowd of family, friends and well-wishers in the West Tisbury Congregational Church, adding a long-awaited chapter to a love story that has captured hearts and imaginations around the country.

In a home known for fostering literary talent and housing traveling artists, conversation at the Cleaveland House has been consumed lately with talk about place settings, tablecloths, decorations and flowers. A how-to book on marrying at an older age lies on the entry table amongst works of great authors.