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Multiple Exposure

(Sophie Medina #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  65 reviews
This globe-trotting mystery featuring intrepid photojournalist Sophie Medina is an “assured tale of love, loss, and secret agendas, the first in a new series, which... offers a complex portrait of our nation’s capital, with its historic beauty and roiling underbelly of deceit and danger” (Publishers Weekly).

When photojournalist Sophie Medina returns to London from an overs
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Scribner
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May 23, 2013 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
Una Tiers
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. ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Lynn Neilson
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite loved this book as an engrossing page-turner. Perfect level of espionage, drama, personal relationships, trust, lack of trust, absolutely no trust at all and character development. A lot more tension than the Wine Country books, the kind where you really need to keep reading to see what happens next. After a small break for a few other books, will try the second one in this very short, 2-book-so-far series.
Paul Pessolano
“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
Now tell me - how would you feel, after returning home from a photographic assignment, to find blood smeared around your house and your husband missing? I know I would be much more upset than Sophie was. Instead, she leaves England and returns home to America where she quickly becomes embroiled in all kinds of questionable events beginning with an art show of Faberge imperial eggs, suspicious people, dealings with the CIA and stories about Russian oil. There is a vast array of characters and, wh ...more
Jenny Wheeler
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellen Crosby managed to interlace historical intrigue with contemporary action very cleverly in the Wine Country series and she continues adeptly to do the same in Sophie Medina Book One. Described by one reviewer as high society meet high stakes international intrigue, Multiple Exposure gives us Sophie the photojournalist who comes back from an international job to find oil executive husband Nick has disappeared from their blood stained Hampstead cottage. Three months later and no word, and the ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting new series by an established author. I happened to run across the second book, Ghost Images, first & enjoyed it, so requested the first volume. I've just read the first introductory book, which certainly is action-packed. Now that I've finished it, I need to take a scan of the second book again, since some of my memories of what was told about her earlier history in London seem to be different from the facts in this book.

I do hope there are new volumes coming in the Sophie Medina ser
Ellen Collier
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise and story with lots of action, mystery and international intrigue. If you like Russian history mixed with politics, espionage and art history, you'll be immersed in this thriller. The heroine seemed smart and strong, perhaps a bit too perfect, and the lush and long descriptions of extraneous details bogged down the plot at times. I've visited D.C. and wish I'd seen all the areas and places the author describes at length. An enjoyable, exciting and sophisticated mystery. ...more
Emily Higgins
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Sophie Medina's husband, Nick, appears to have been kidnapped. When several weeks pass, the assumption is that he is dead. Then, Sophie is told that Nick has been spotted in Russia and is suspected of murder. Sophie decides to move back to the U.S., but the puzzle of her husband's disappearance follows her to DC. ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book and can't wait to start the next ...more
Curtis Coats
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read. Had me guessing till the end. Look forward to her next book in the series.
Adriana Cedeno Medina
This was my first Sophie Medina mystery, and wow! Such a great read. It was suspenseful from beginning to end, great, solid characters and a great female lead. Plot was great, too. You can tell that Ellen Crosby put a lot of thought and research into this story given the different settings our characters were in throughout the entire story (London, Washington, Russia, etc.).

Overall, a great mystery/thriller for sure, has a little bit of everything for everyone.
Becky Hutchison
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Londo ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a new series by Ellen Crosby. I've enjoyed her Wine Country Mysteries, so I thought I'd try this series. I thought it was enjoyable and look forward to the next book in the series. ...more
William Galaini
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
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
Eleanor Jones
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, r ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
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
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
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
Cathy Cole
Mar 26, 2015 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
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 Faberge e
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 co ...more
Lizzie Davis
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 fast ...more
David V.
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Medin ...more
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Ellen Crosby is the author of the Virginia Wine Country mysteries, including THE FRENCH PARADOX (Book #11), which will be published in the UK on January 29, 2021, as an ebook on March 1, 2021, and in the US on April 6, 2021. 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, ...more

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