ELLEN CROSBY is the author of the Virginia wine country mystery series, which began with The Merlot Murders. She has also written a mystery series featuring international photojournalist Sophie Medina, and Moscow Nights, a standalone. Previously she was a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, Moscow correspondent for ABC News Radio, and an economist at the U.S. Senate.
Praise for The Vineyard Victims: "Crosby's full-bodied eighth Wine Country mystery... keeps the reader guessing until the exciting climax." --Publishers Weekly "A fine mystery, solid characterization, and a shocking finale." --Kirkus Reviews Praise for The Champagne Conspiracy "Charming, funny... a superior cozy." --USA Today "The wine industry and the ins and outs of running a winery provide the background for this mystery with its well-drawn characters and satisfying puzzles. Recommend to... anyone who enjoys mysteries in which historical research plays a key role." --Booklist "A series of cliff-hangers help propel the intriguing, well-paced plot. Like Lucie's best wines, this story combines freshness, body, and considerable complexity." --Publishers Weekly "A sparkling and heady whodunit." --Richmond Times-Dispatch "Another cozy charmer!" --Library Journal More praise for the Wine Country Mysteries: "Crosby has constructed a neat whodunit, supported by enough wine-making lore to give it some extra body." --The New York Times on The Merlot Murders "Like a fine wine, Crosby's debut is complex and intricate... This is a terrific kickoff to what promises to be a highly satisfying new series." --Publishers Weekly on The Merlot Murders "Crosby imbues her work with a killer plot (and surprising conclusion), agreeable characters, polished prose and colorful detail. . . . Blended, they provide a superior yield." --The Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Sauvignon Secret "The meticulously researched historical background--always a hallmark in Crosby's novels--is nicely balanced by an intriguing mystery." --Booklist on The Vintage Vendetta "If wine be the nectar of the gods, Ellen Crosby's series of wine-flavored mysteries is a heady quaff for us mere mortals... The Bordeaux Betrayal is a long swallow of pure delight." --Easton (MD) Star-Democrat