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Multiple Exposure (Sophie Medina #1)

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From the author of the “lively and spirited” (The Providence Journal) wine country mysteries, comes the first in a new series featuring a savvy female photographer whose husband’s abduction embroils her in the world of international espionage and lost Romanov art treasures.When photojournalist Sophie Medina returns to London from an overseas assignment, she discovers that ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Scribner
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Robert
Jul 31, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I wanted to like MULTIPLE EXPOSURE, with its photojournalist main character, DC setting, and spy like tendencies, which makes the fact that I didn’t enjoy this novel a much harder pill to swallow. Coupled with the fact that I was forgetting portions of this story as soon as I flipped the page on my Kindle caused me brief bouts of despair and forced me to race to the finish line faster than the Road Runner.

So what didn’t work for me? The dialogue felt a bit stilted at times, more the way people t
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Una Tiers
Jun 05, 2015 Una Tiers rated it liked it
Another awesome start followed by repetitions. There are also stereotypes and the protagonist has an immediate answer to any problem. Still, I read to the bitter end although by that time I didn't have much invested in the outcome.
Elizabeth
Apr 29, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I've been a fan of Ellen Crosby's Wine Country mysteries since I read the first one. I waited patiently for each one to be released so that I could devour it. Now, I feel even more interested in the Sophie Medina series. I was involved with this book from the first sentence to the last. Sophie is a very interesting, inquisitive character. She's very likeable and one of those characters you'd really like to know. The other assorted characters were well developed and connected well with the plot. ...more
Martina
First in a new series featuring photographer Sophie Medina... This is so good! All the great touches of the Virginia Vineyard series, but a broader geography, a dynamite professional photographer heroine and fascinating settings in the plot. I'm liking it very much! Terrific plot. I love the Russian touches, referencing both Faberge treasures and modern politics. Weave in photography/photojournalism plus the stew of Washington politics and society and you have a terrifically satisfying thriller ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jul 30, 2013 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
“Multiple Exposure” by Ellen Crosby, published by Scribner.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – August6, 2013

It is not often today that you can classify a novel as appropriate for all readers. “Multiple Exposure” is a book that will not only satisfy a reader’s need for a good mystery, but does not contain anything objectionable in either the sexual, language, or violence category.

Sophie Medina is a photojournalist living and working in London. Her husband, a CIA operative has been miss
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Joan
Nov 27, 2016 Joan rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
Cute and fun international intrigue and mystery story with lots of contrived situations and way to many coincidences.
Becky Hutchison
Aug 07, 2013 Becky Hutchison rated it it was amazing
MULTIPLE EXPOSURE is a finely crafted suspense mystery set in London and Washington, DC. The story begins when photojournalist Sophia Medina returns from an out-of-town assignment to find her London home trashed. Blood is splattered all over the place and her CIA operative husband, Nick Canning, is missing. Three months pass, and after unsuccessful searches to find her husband, Sophie prepares to move back to the United States. But days before she leaves, US and UK intelligence reps in London ...more
Nimanthika Hettiarachchi
Oct 06, 2016 Nimanthika Hettiarachchi rated it really liked it
A thriller with the right ingredients, but felt a bit slow paced too. All in all, a good read!
Eleanor Jones
Sep 12, 2016 Eleanor Jones rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling when you're in the middle of a good book and can't wait to get back to it? That feeling, this book. The author is known for her fine writing in her Virginia Wine Country books, and it's great to see her off and running on another series. It's impossible to list everything I liked about Multiple Exposure, but I'll start with the fine writing. A clean, beautifully polished, believable thriller that covers the worlds of international espionage and politics, photography, art, ...more
William Galaini
Jul 07, 2014 William Galaini rated it it was ok
DISCLAIMER: I have met Ellen Crosby on several occasions and I have found her to be delightful and charming. I like her immensely.

Now for the review.

Sophie, a well traveled and well connected photographer, has lost her husband to a sudden act of violence. Returning to find her home broken into and her husbands bloody hand prints on the wall, the worst is assumed that he had been taken and murdered.

Despite a strong setup, the plot steers into deflating waters by Sophie moving to Washington DC and
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Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
I have always had an interest in the Romanovs, with the background of a revolution equipped with royalty, illness, betrayal and murder topped with a bit of mystery, it catches one's eye. Thus, when I saw the mention of the Romanovs (mainly of the Tsaritsa's Faberge egg collection) in Multiple Exposure I was intrigued all the more. While in the big scheme of things it played little consequence but it was what first grasped my attention.

Sophie was not as mystic as Anastasia but rather a multi-laye
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Ed
Jun 12, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#1 in the Sophie Medina series. More edgy than the author's Wine Country mystery series. Interesting background on Faberge's jeweled eggs. Plenty of Washington, D.C. color as action takes place in monuments and parks. I thought descriptions of rooms that listed fabrics and colors for upholstery, rugs, window dressings, etc. was a bit much, as was Sophie's boss's attitude that she should tell him everything that occurred in non-work related conversations.

Sophie Medina series - When photojournalis
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Barbara VA
This is the first in a new series featuring Sophie Medina, photo journalist.

For me, what makes a good read (sorry, no pun!) is if when I finish reading I immediately head to my laptop to begin researching what I just read about. Do I find companion books by the same author, or do I need to jump in the car and head to the library to grab some non fiction after a quick look at the authors web page, or do I plan an armchair trip to a foreign destination, scour cookbooks for an exotic ingredient or
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Kristin
I have enjoyed all the books I have read by Ellen Crosby, and this was no exception. Normally I'm not big into the international espionage thing, so that's saying something. Just like in her wine country mysteries, she gives us a strong female lead that we can really get to know and puts her in an interesting career that it's fun to learn about. Add an obvious knowledge of the local geography (in this case D.C., a sure winner around here) and Russian art (described beautifully), and you have one ...more
Cathy Cole
Jun 13, 2015 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The opening scene in Ellen Crosby's first Sophie Medina novel had me hooked, and I stayed hooked with her excellent story and pacing. When I learned that Nick was a CIA operative, I felt a twinge of unease because I am not a fan of spy thrillers, so I am happy to say that the espionage never went overboard in Multiple Exposure.

Crosby's characters are another reason why i was hooked. Sophie is one smart woman, and she thinks well on her feet-- which is a necessity when you're being shadowed by sp
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Barbara
Sep 28, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Not usually into espionage or undercover operatives as the theme of a book. I’m more of a murder mystery fan. I love this author’s vineyard mystery series, so I snatched this up as soon as I saw it on the “new book” library shelf.

Sophie’s husband is CIA and is undercover at a British petroleum (oil) company. While Sophie knows her husband is CIA, he never reveals or discusses his cases with her. As the author says, what you don’t know about you don’t have to lie about. Nick is seemingly kidnapp
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Cristal (Professional Book Procrastinator)
Book Review found on The Life & Times of a Book Addict Blog.

After finding out that her husband is missing, Sophie travels to Washington D.C. in the hope of finding out the truth. Searching for the truth turns out to be more difficult and dangerous than Sophie had bargained for.

Sophie was an easy character to like. She is smart and very determined to uncover the truth about her husband no matter what it takes.

Things begin to pick up in the story after a chapter or two for me. There are Faber
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Anne
Oct 04, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
In her last two Wine Country mysteries, Ellen Crosby seemed to be reaching for a larger canvas, as Lucie Montgomery's adventures took her to Washington in The Viognier Vendetta and to California in The Sauvignon Secret. In this tautly plotted suspense novel, she's grasped it. Photojournalist Sophie Medina moves from London to Washington, as her missing husband surfaces briefly in Vienna, Moscow, and a troubled former Soviet republic. Crosby portrays the places in her novel with a sure and accura ...more
Kathy
Nov 02, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Super book. Ellen Crosby, author of the Wine country mysteries, starts a new series. I liked the wine books but this one is much more gripping. It's more of an espionage story than a murder mystery and it keeps moving every page. You can't put it down. Sophie Medina comes home to London to find her husband has disappeared. At first it seems like a vicious kidnapping but as time goes on it becomes possible that he disappeared on his own. ll
Sophie goes home to the states, to Washington DC, and fin
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Hannah
Nov 30, 2014 Hannah added it
The first in what I hope to be many more Sophie Medina mysteries, Multiple Exposure begins in London when Sophie's husband Nick mysteriously disappears in what looks to have been a violent kidnapping. Ellen Crosby draws us into the story of Sophie, and international photojournalist as we travel with her from London to Washington, DC. Ms. Crosby treats us to an intricate tale of the international art world, a first hand look at the Washington that only those in the international and diplomatic ...more
David V.
Aug 06, 2013 David V. rated it really liked it
Received as an ARC via my employer Barnes & Noble. Started it on 8-1-13. Finished on 8-5-13. Main character is a female photojournalist, not a spy, so there are no big "shoot-em-ups," no big car chases, no parachuting into enemy territory, no midnight resues of fallen comrades; there's just a clever and brave woman in this psychological thriller----and Faberge eggs, and Russian millionaires, and less than wonderful Congressman, and a Vespa motorscooter (always wanted one of those!). Sophie ...more
Lizzie Davis
Sep 12, 2013 Lizzie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With an already established list of mysteries set in the Virginia wine country, Ellen Crosby tries her hand at the enigmatic world of international espionage with Multiple Exposure, the first installment in a brand new mystery series featuring the bold and inquisitive photojournalist Sophie Medina. Crosby—who has been a freelance reporter for the Washington Post, a Moscow correspondent for ABC Radio News and an economist for the U.S. Senate—seamlessly blends fact with fiction to establish a ...more
Judy
Oct 02, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
I had the absolute pleasure of reading "Multiple Exposure" while spending a week in Washington, D.C., setting for the book. This is the beginning of a promising new series by Ellen Crosby, whose successful series in Virginia wine country was good for six novels. I love the new and resourceful heroine, Sophie Medina, a photojournalist who prowls the city on her Vespa. Crosby was generous with her detailed locations for the book: an art event at the National Gallery; a body dragged from the ...more
Wendy
Aug 09, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it
As a former photographer, now retired, I really wanted to like this book.
It was mildly intriguing with the mystery of where is the husband, what happened in college among several of the characters, etc.

However, it never totally grabbed me and i thought she wasn't distraught enough about the missing husband and having to move from London, UK back to the Washington D.C. area.

I am very intrigued however how she's going to make this photographer character into a series.
Lois
Jul 23, 2013 Lois rated it really liked it
Set primarily in Washington, D.C., particularly the National Gallery of Art, this is the first in a series about Sophie Medina, a photojournalist married to a covert CIA operative that is abducted at the beginning of the book. The story centers around Sophie trying to build a new life while doing what she can to rescue her husband without knowing whom to trust. Fast-paced and well-plotted, I look forward to more in this series.
Anita
Nov 10, 2013 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This was a very well done mystery! I have read most of Ellen Crosby's other books and found more depth to this story. The mix of personal story and the political intrigue kept me interested. Sounds like this may be the beginning of a new series for her. I really liked Sophie and hope to read more about her in the future!
Kathleen Freeman
It is great to be at the beginning of a series, typically when I hear about a series that is interesting it is usually 5 - 10 books in and I have lots of catch up. I am hoping that the author finds roles for India and Jack in the upcoming books, it would be great to learn more about those characters.
CS Patra
Aug 30, 2013 CS Patra rated it liked it
If I could, I would give this book 3 and 1/2 stars really. It's a pretty entertaining book with a great plot and some dramatic moments that leave you on the edge. The only thing I wasn't fond of was that some points of it were very slow and that made the book drag. Other than that, it was pretty good.
Mari-Elen
Jul 07, 2015 Mari-Elen rated it it was ok
I'm not a fan of espionage, but I enjoyed the wine country books so I decided to give this series a chance. The book was well written, with an interesting story, bud didn't quite win me over to the spy side!
K
Aug 26, 2013 K rated it really liked it
Got a chance to read a Sophie Medina mystery via Goodreads giveaway. A very good read. Shades of Margaret Truman's capitol murder series, and not just because of the setting. I'm adding Ellen Crosby/Sophie Medina (and the wine series) books to my "to look for" list :-)
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Ellen Crosby is the author of THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY, the 7th book in the Virginia Wine Country mysteries, which will be out November 1, 2016. Also in 2016, GHOST IMAGE, the second Sophie Medina mystery will be out, along with the US edition of MOSCOW NIGHTS. Before writing fiction, Crosby was a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, Moscow correspondent for ABC Radio News, and an economist ...more
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