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About cynthiamysteryauthor

I am a painter of Narrative Maritime Americana Primitives turned mystery writer. My writing career began as a free-lance local news reporter for a highly acclaimed south of Boston daily. My painting career began in my commercial painter father's studio when he taught me to mix colors at age four. Both parents attended art school and although my father turned to sign design and painting to support the family and my mother got into interior decorating and was the pastry chef for Chillingsworth French Restaurant in Brewster on Cape Cod, their first love was sketching portraits. My mentors, Ralph and Martha Cahoon, renowned primitive painters who settled in Osterville on Cape Cod in the ninteen-forties, sealed my fate as a primitive painter. Living on historic Cape Cod and being addicted to history, I began to tell stories on canvas. Cape Cod Life magazine called my work, "time travel on canvas". A folk art quilt was purchased by the Tokyo, Japan National Art Gallery for their permanent collection and my paintings and primitive hooked rugs are in private collections world-wide. I wrote my first novel (unpublished, of course) at fifteen and since then, have always written. Falling in love with British mysteries steered me into my current bliss. Agatha Christie is the mother of cozies and cozies suit me just fine because I can "paint" the settings and the quirky characters with my laptop rather than paint brushes and paints. I never set my stories in places I do not know intimately. In fact, a foray to Puerto Rico last year to do research led us to decide to escape from Cape Cod cold and snow to the sunny Caribbean this winter and forevermore. Back to Cape Cod to live on our forty-four boat every summer, however. We sold our antique sea captain's house on Cape Cod, down-sized our belongings, move aboard and semi-retired; I to write mysteries and Ken to write an economy blog. Life is good.

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Every winter meal leads to soup. “Soup of the day, beautiful soup.”

All winter long I have a theme to our evening meals. On night one, I cook more than is necessary to fill us up, and the leftover portion goes into the “French soup pot.” My father’s people are French/Canadians whose … Continue reading

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Sinister Images

A historical novel set in Boston at the height of the city’s battles between the patrician well-to-do who lived in Beacon Hill mansions, and the “scum’ and “rifraff” who lived in Scollay Square down on the iniquitous waterfront. In other … Continue reading

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Sunday Supper with Snow on the Ground

I have fallen in love with store bought rotisserie chickens. I recently read, I think it was on Pinterest, that these cooked for you chickens are becoming popular not only because they are so tasty, but because, all things considered, … Continue reading

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At Home In Maine

It is a Sunday in late January, and outside my window is a scene of white on white…lots of snow sitting peacefully in the sunshine. The temperature is hovering at around 10 degrees which is up from overnight and the … Continue reading

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In the final stretch!

When I am writing obsessively, as I am now, when one of my cozy mysteries has me captive in an “alternate universe”, the world blurs and I can see my characters and the settings as well as, in the case … Continue reading

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Expat in our own country!

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