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Publication Order of Wine Country Mysteries Books

The Merlot Murders (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chardonnay Charade (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bordeaux Betrayal (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Riesling Retribution (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Viognier Vendetta (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sauvignon Secret (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sophie Medina Books

Multiple Exposure (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghost Image (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Moscow Nights (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Ellen Crosby is one of the renowned authors from America who has several very successful books based on the thriller & mystery genres. Particularly, she is famous for writing the Wine Country Mysteries series and the Sophie Medina series. Author Crosby was born in Boston, Massachusetts, The United States. Prior to the beginning of her writing career, Crosby worked as a freelance journalist for several years in the United States as well as in other places overseas like London, Switzerland, Geneva, and Moscow. After many years of journalistic work, she finally decided to become a full time writer. During the late 1980’s, author Crosby used to work for the ABC Radio News as a correspondent in Moscow. Over the years, she has written a number of feature stories for popular publications including The Christian Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Enquirer, The Journal newspapers. Before beginning to work as a journalist, author Crosby was an economist of the Senate of the United States. She holds a master’s degree from The John Hopkins University in the subject of international relations. Author Crosby also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The America Catholic University in the subject of political science. At the time of the junior year of her undergraduate school, Crosby was living in Madrid, Spain. She completed one her semesters of graduate studies from Bologna, Italy. Other than the English language, author Crosby has an excellent command over the Spanish and French languages. She can even speak a little bit of Russian. After living in Italy for some time, she got acquainted with the Italian language to some extent.

Even though author Crosby was born in Boston, she spent most of her growing years in Connecticut, after having detoured to Pennsylvania and Alabama. As of today, she lives in northern Virginia suburbs in Washington, D.C., along with her family. While Crosby was living in London during the 1990’s, she wrote her debut novel titled ‘Moscow Nights’, which was released by the Piatkus publication in the year 2001. In the book, she has described her experiences of living in the Soviet Union at the time of the Gorbachev era. Following the success of this novel in the UK, author Crosby returned home and wrote 6 books back to back in her popular mystery series. This series is set in a place near Middleburg and revolves around the life of Lucie Montgomery. She has been described by author Crosby as a young woman, who inherits the wineyard of her family along with a cantankerous winemaker called Quinn Santori. Author Crosby has said that she didn’t have to do much research work for the series as she got the opportunity to learn the process of wine making and growing grapes from two popular winemakers. With the success of the mystery series, author Crosby began writing a new series based on a photojournalist named Sophie Medina, who returns back to America after working for many years in London. Crosby got the idea to write about a photographer instead of a journalist from a number of talented photographers whom she knew over the years. Whenever author Crosby is not busy with her writing works, she likes to spend time full of entertainment along with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling a lot. Throughout the course of her writing career, author Crosby has developed a few other hobbies such as an amateur photographer, rusty painter, watercolor dabbler, and a lapsed quilter. Crosby is an active member of a number of writer’s associations, including the MWA and the International Thriller Writers.

The Wine Country Mysteries series written by author Ellen Crosby consists of 7 books in total, which were released between the years 2006 and 2016. ‘The Merlot Murders’ is the debut book in the series. It was published in the year 2006 by the Scribner publication. The plot depicts Lucie Montgomery and Eli Montgomery in the lead roles and is set in Atoka, Virginia, the United States. As the novel begins, Lucie Montgomery receives a call from her brother. Eli, who tells her that their father has been killed in an accident and asks her to come to France. The accident took place during a hunting event on the 500 acre vineyard of the Montgomery family in Virginia. When Eli tells Lucie that he has already made the funeral arrangements before calling her, she argues with him for acting in such a haste. Lucie had not been to her home for the past two years. She was involved in an accident the last time she was there and became disabled. On reaching home, Lucie finds that her family’s elegant vineyard and winery has been turned into a run-down and shabby business. Eli, who is under a lot of debts, tries to persuade Lucie and his younger sister named Mia to sell the estate and clear all their dues. They will be left with enough money to live their lives peacefully. But, Lucie does not approve of Eli’s ideas. At the time of the funeral, a business partner and Lucie’s godfather named Fitz tells her that her father had not died in an accident. In fact, he was murdered so that the vineyard could be sold. Lucie realizes that she might be the next target of the killers because of resisting the sale of the estate. She begins to investigate the matter on her own and find the murderer from a list of full of probable suspects. Author Crosby has written the book with numerous fascinating details related to the science behind winemaking.

One of the other books written by Ellen Crosby in the series is titled as ‘The Riseling Retribution’. It was released in 2009. The opening of the book shows that the family vineyard of Lucie Montgomery gets hit by a tornado. Due to this, an old grave is unearthed and the dead man is found to be one of former associates of the family business of Lucie’s father. As a result, the people of the town begin to think that Leland Mongomery was a murderer. As the evidences continue to pile up, Lucie decides to prove that her father was innocent by investigating in her own way. At the same time, she learns that her winemaker, Quinn Santori has been accused of molesting the migrant workers of the vineyard. When Lucie gives permission to re-enact the Civil War on her farm, one of the re-enactors gets shot with a real bullet. Now, everyone begins to wonder whether it was a murder attempt or an accident. In the end, it becomes a difficult and tiring job for Lucie to find the reality behind the deaths on her farm. The novel turns out to be a colorful combination of intriguing characters, winemaking details, and fascinating history.

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