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Ellen Crosby

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Boston, Massachusetts, The United States



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Ellen Crosby is the author of the Virginia Wine Country mysteries, including THE ANGELS' SHARE, which will be published November 5, 2019 by Minotaur Books. She is also the author of the Sophie Medina mysteries and MOSCOW NIGHTS, a standalone mystery. Before writing fiction, Crosby was a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, Moscow correspondent for ABC Radio News, and an economist at the US Senate. After living overseas for many years, she now lives in the Washington, DC suburbs of northern Virginia. More information at www.ellencrosby.com or www.facebook.com/EllenCrosbyBooks

A Yankee in Virginia


I was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the same hospital my where my parents and grandparents were born. I have cousins who say “Pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd” and until my father took a job in Pittsburgh when I was twelve, I thought everyone in the country celebrated Patriot’s Day on April 19, commemorating Paul Revere’s famous Midnight Ride to warn the Minutemen that the British were comin...

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Average rating: 3.65 · 8,943 ratings · 1,306 reviews · 14 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Merlot Murders (Wine Co...

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The Chardonnay Charade (Win...

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The Bordeaux Betrayal (Wine...

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The Riesling Retribution (W...

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The Sauvignon Secret (Wine ...

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The Viognier Vendetta (Wine...

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The Champagne Conspiracy (W...

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Multiple Exposure (Sophie M...

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3.78 avg rating — 230 ratings — published 2015 — 7 editions
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The Merlot Murders The Chardonnay Charade The Bordeaux Betrayal The Riesling Retribution The Viognier Vendetta The Sauvignon Secret The Champagne Conspiracy
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“We all have a right to our private lives; it's living a secret life that gets us in trouble.”
Ellen Crosby

“We are all masters of our own destiny, my mother used to tell me. Even though we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can choose how we respond. In the end, she said, the way we handle the tough things life throws at us—adversity, loss, hardship, rejection—is what defines each of us as a human being. Whether we face them with courage and grace and honesty or choose to feel sorry for ourselves, blame someone else, lash out at life’s injustices with anger and cruelty—that’s what makes us who we are.”
Ellen Crosby, The Vineyard Victims

“It got this hot in the south of France, but it was a dry heat, cooled and tempered by the mistral and scented with the powerful fragrances of lavender, thyme, and rosemary. Here the air was so thick I could practically see it and the smell was the dank chemical odor of soil and plants and grass decomposing”
Ellen Crosby, The Merlot Murders


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Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  6 votes, 26.1%

Wine Country by Ellen Crosby
  4 votes, 17.4%

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  2 votes, 8.7%

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Britt Montero by Edna Buchanan
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message 1: by Beth (last edited Jan 30, 2010 06:25PM)

Beth Hi Ellen,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads mystery author!

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