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The Sauvignon Secret

(Wine Country Mysteries #6)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,048 ratings  ·  149 reviews

The sixth mystery in Ellen Crosby’s series moves between Virginia wine country and the Napa Valley, as vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery teams up with winemaker, and former flame, Quinn Santori to solve two mysterious deaths.

When Lucie Montgomery finds the body of prominent wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio not far from her Virginia vineyard, sh

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting turn of events in the 'Wine Country Mysteries' book series by Ellen Crosby! The Sauvignon Secret is the sixth book and while it's just as good as all the rest, it pushed the cozy line more than usual. I kinda liked it... but then again, I'm quickly growing enamored with these characters and the author's writing style, so it makes sense.

In this one, immediately [as in the first line of the book] is where Lucie finds her dead body! We don't know who he is, but she does. We lear
Amy Lignor
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the sixth tale in the intriguing, ‘Wine Country Mystery’ series, and readers will have an absolute ball with it!

Fans will find Lucie Montgomery, wine grower, hip-deep in yet another murder investigation, and this time the victim is a wine merchant who Lucie was not exactly fond of - Paul Noble. It’s when Lucie goes to visit him to talk about getting a better price for her wine, that she finds Paul hanging from a rafter in his barn. Under the body sits a bottle of Lucie’s very own sauvign
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wasn't too crazy about this series of mysteries except for the relationship between Lucie and her wine-maker Quinn. As the series has continued (this is the 6th book), I think the writing and plots have greatly improved. This was more about uncovering past secrets and a hidden murder and I enjoyed the storyline.

"When Lucie Montgomery finds the body of prominent wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio not far from her Virginia vineyard, she is unwittingly dragged into Nob
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series, even more than some of the others I've read, is very character driven and the background is --especially by this book -- fairly dense. Newcomers should definitely read them in order. I actually had read this before when it first came out but didn't remember the important things such as who-dunnit or why so it was still a good read. Since it was such a long time between when this one came out and the next in the series (which came out last year) I'm glad I "accidentally" re-read this ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Didn't like this book as much as the others in the series. Made me think too much of what an attack on our drinking water would do. I like to read for entertainment. Also, I sure can't figure where the romance between the two main characters is going...and I don't think they can either. ...more
Sally Smith
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like this mystery series. It has more sophistication than most mystery series I find nowadays. Although most of the action in this series takes place in Virginia, the action in California made me want to return to San Francisco and Napa Valley.
I’ve read a number of titles in this series. I like getting to know the characters and about wine making. This is the first one I’ve listened to and I had a difficult time adjusting to her southern drawl, which seems too strong for northern Virginia. Besides that this one has a very interesting story.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really? This series just keeps getting worse. Since I have lived both in the northern VA area and near San Francisco those parts were interesting but none of the ‘mystery’ was worth my time to read.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I decided to read two books this weekend that I had purchased awhile ago. They were by two different favorite authors and after reading them, I wondered why I waited so long. I think I may have saved them so I would have two books I could count on to enjoy and satisfy; something to look forward to for a rainy day, so to speak.

This was one of the books and it did not disappoint. I really love this wine country series. They mysteries have been complex and so far no outlandish endings, with a murd
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The Sauvignon Secret by Ellen Crosby is the 6th book of the Wine Country mystery series, set in contemporary Virginia and Northern California. Lucie Montgomery owns and operates the winery established by her parents, with its rich tradition of French culture adapted to Virginia terroir. Like any winery, hers is affected by fluctuations in weather, pests, and market price. When wine distributor Paul Noble plans to extort a high price that will not allow her to cover costs, Lucie goes to plead wit ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Virginia vineyard owner Lucy only wanted to argue with her overbearing, price-gouging distributor when she visited him; she never expected to find him dead, hanging in his own barn, with a bottle of her wine next to him. She also doesn't expect the mystery to lead her to local bigwig Charles Thiessen (sp?), who draws in both Lucy and her visiting French grandfather to help him save his own life. Something happened in the past, with a secret government group to which Charles was adjunct, and now ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I've enjoyed this series over the years and have put off reading this book for quite some time because I knew it was the final one. Lucie has always been a great character, insecure a lot of times, but overall smart and mature compared to other protagonist in cozy mysteries. I've loved the setting, learning little snippets about wine making and of course the hit and miss love interest with Quinn. With that said, I'm pretty dissappointed with how this one ended. The relationship aspect was very r ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story mostly takes place in San Francisco. The change of scenery is kind of nice for the overall story arc. It was nice to hear a bit more about the California wine story and to "see" a different wine field through Lucie's eyes. Interestingly enough, the trip also meant that Quinn was in this book and it was nice to see the progression of their relationship. I have to be honest, I think Lucie deserves someone who is more upfront and honest with her. I am not a huge fan of how Quinn treats h ...more
Jenny Wheeler
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ellen Crosby is still managing to maintain my interest and move me through her Wine country series. When I finished Book 5 I was thrilled to know I had Book 6 waiting and it didn't disappoint. I really enjoy the way Ellen weaves historical and setting information into her books, and this one is strong on that factor with a slight twist from the earlier ones because this time her main character Lucie goes to California and the Napa Valley. So there is a lot of local information shared as part of ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This series takes place, for the most part, in a Virginia vineyard and a lot of the story evolves around winemakers, growers and vineyard owner. In this novel, Lucie Montgomery, vineyard owner and main character, finds the body of a wine merchant hanging in his barn and this discovery draws her into a decades old mystery/love triangle and a trip to California with her French grandfather where she reunites with her vineyard manager/love interest, Quinn. A bit too much romance novel for my taste b ...more
Linda Smatzny
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this book, Lucie Montgomery and her grandfather,Luc, travel to San Francisco. Lucie is doing a favor for someone and her grandfather is giving a speech. While there Lucie contacts Quinn Santori her winemaker to see if he has come to any decisions. She also starts asking questions about an accident that happened forty years earlier but seems tied to a recent suicide. The book ties up some loose ends from previous books in the series. The book was a quick easy read.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tcpl, mystery
Virginia vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery finds the body of a wine merchant she has argued with and despises hanging from a beam. This leads to long buried secrets and more deaths in Virginia and California, where Lucie visits wine country in Napa Valley along with her wine master and sometime flame Quinn. There are many bibulous meals with all the right wines. This is the first book in the series I have read, but I shall look for more as it was a pleasant read.
Emily Higgins
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Lucie Montgomery travels to California wine country with her grandfather. Her grandfather gives a speech to a prestigious group. Lucie spends time with her winemaker, Quinn. Quinn is resolving personal issues in California. Lucie is also trying to solve a mystery about a young woman's death many years ago. ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a great installment in this series.

There are interesting developments in Lucie's relationship with Quinn. Eli and his daughter move in with Lucie. Luc, her grandfather, comes for a visit.

Can't wait to read the next one.
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love this series and this addition was every bit as good as the past ones. I enjoyed the trip to California - especially having just spent a couple of weeks there myself. Highly recommended.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok

My least favorite in the series.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fun, but much more is a chick book than those earlier in the series.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with Ellen Crosby. Informational & exciting all at the same time!
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally, the characters are becoming more sympathetic. Lucy's friend Kit is not in the book much, so there are not repeated references to her weight.

Also, Luc, Lucy's French grandfather, is back which is a good thing since he is one of the best characters in the series. He and Lucy travel to California together. There, she again connects with Quinn. Finally, they both reveal actual emotional depth. Hooray!
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Excellent read. I absolutely love this series though it tends to be a bit stressful - the main character is strong and sensible but very human, so she makes mistakes. But I definitely like her, and I really like the character meds around her. I love the setting of wine country - Virginia. I love the historical education (well researched). This book had a particularly satisfying ending, though the solved murder was quite sad. Anyway love the author’s writing.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is number 6 in the audiobook series. A friend of Lucy's grandfather who was in the secret service during the war requests that she go to California to look into a mystery involving his coworkers, one of whom committed suicide and Lucy found the body. Quinn has taken time off and gives her a tour of California and they get back together. ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
My adventures with Lucy took me to San Francisco this time around. She finally got commitment from her handsome winemaker that reminded me of the build up between Adison and Maddy Hayes from Moonlighting 😂 Finally! Got the next in the series on my stack. I need to slow down with this series as I will be bummed when I get through it
Lee Ann
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting and believable characters, especially like Luc - Lucie's grandfather from France. The author weaves several different, but connecting stories that contribute to the main story. Interesting information about grapes and the processes of wine making. Especially good read for someone from California as much of the story takes place in California wine country. ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This task companion had another location connection—this time with its San Francisco and CA wine country settings. I’m still enjoying this series in spite of a few annoyances. The audiobooks are free and available from my library—which makes it easier.
Mary Angela
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Treat yourself, and get this book on audio! I loved Rachel Warren's narration, especially the French accent of Lucie's grandfather and the coastal drawl of Lucie herself. Such fun and a great mystery! ...more
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Ellen Crosby is the author of the Virginia Wine Country mysteries, including THE FRENCH PARADOX (Book #11), which was published in 2021. Look for BITTER ROOTS (#12) in 2022. 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 ec ...more

Other books in the series

Wine Country Mysteries (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Merlot Murders (Wine Country Mysteries #1)
  • The Chardonnay Charade (Wine Country Mysteries #2)
  • The Bordeaux Betrayal (Wine Country Mysteries #3)
  • The Riesling Retribution (Wine Country Mysteries #4)
  • The Viognier Vendetta (Wine Country Mysteries #5)
  • The Champagne Conspiracy (Wine Country Mysteries, #7)
  • The Vineyard Victims (Wine Country Mysteries, #8)
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