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The Vineyard Victims

(Wine Country Mysteries #8)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  507 ratings  ·  83 reviews
The death of a former presidential candidate in a fiery car crash at her Virginia vineyard has ties to a thirty year-old murder, as well as to Lucie Montgomery’s own near fatal accident ten years ago, as she searches for a killer who now may be stalking her.

When Jamison Vaughn―billionaire real estate mogul, Virginia vineyard owner, and unsuccessful U.S. presidential candid
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Vineyard Victims is the 8th book in the Wine Country Mysteries by Ellen Crosby and was published in 2017. I'm very attached to this series and often have to slow myself from devouring it all in one sitting. Today, I was forced to take breaks as I read it on the subway and train to visit my parents, then again on the way back. I still had a few chapters remaining, so while dinner's cooking, I skated through the final few chapters... what a wild and breathtaking ride!

Lucie Montgomery, a ~30ish
Jenny Wheeler
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Mystery authors readily acknowledge one of the credibility problems with series featuring an amateur sleuth who is not a cop or a PI, is how do you keep justifying an ordinary citizen stumbling across a succession of dead bodies - in Lucie Montgomery's case, now at least eight of them.

And I think it's one challenge Ellen Crosby has always convincingly managed to surmount. All of the Virginia Mystery books seem to me to present quite convincing scenarios for the appearance of the deceased, and Th
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

When Lucie witnesses the death by car crash of a former presidential candidate-in the same spot where her ex-boyfriend once brutally crashed their car-she is sure it wasn't an accident. But everyone else wants her to leave well enough alone.

Lucie, however, refuses to drop her inquiries. As she discovers a connection to a past crime, she finds herself
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
#8 in the Wine Country mystery series. A convoluted mystery that improves over the course of the book. Unfortunately it was short on the viniculture lore that I feel improves the series. Lucy witnesses a fatal car crash in the same spot as the crash that crippled her ten years earlier. It develops that this death was related to a murder at UVA 30 years previously, of course Lucy gets involved in the appeal process of the death row occupant. Then this 30 year mystery is not only connected to the ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I have been critical of this mystery series, set among the vineyards of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, but the latest one was more complex. The apparent suicide of an unsuccessful presidential candidate is tied to a murder thirty years before at UVA and to an inmate on death row. The protagonist, Lucie Montgomery, owner of Montgomery Estate Vineyard, is conflicted about Jamie Vaughn's "accident," his last words to her, and despite his family's warnings, she honors her commitment to him, c ...more
Julie Barrett
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The vineyard victims by Crosby_ Ellen
Story follows Lucy's life at the vineyard. Ten years prior she had gotten into an accident when she discussed her boyfriends affair with her brothers fiancee. He ended up in jail and Lucy has issues with walking.
Present day she's heading home and she avoids a candidate for president as he aimed for her car and ends up crashing into the vineyard pillar also, same spot as her accident. She rushes over and talks to him but he doesn't want any help at all.
She kn
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Ellen Crosby's The Vineyard Victims, the 8th installment in the Wine Country Mysteries series, this spine-tingling mystery is so twisted and would leave you at the edge of your seat. A few years ago, Lucie Montgomery was permanently disabled, when her boyfriend crashed her car in front of the wall of the vineyard. Now, she had witnessed Jamie Vaughn, a presidential candidate hopeful and successful vineyard millionaire, crash his car at the same place. In attempts to save his life of the burni ...more
Barbara VA
Book 8 in the Wine Country mysteries and for me so timely. The Norton story is what made this book so good for me. I remember the Horton Nortons! Flipping channels one day a few months ago I found a PBS with the Chrysallis interview about the grapes and was fascinated. Then last week we visited, for us, a new winery (it is rough living here in Virginia!), luckily it had power when we did not and was open with heat (even better it had hot mulled wine!). We were told the awesome Norton story , and ...more
Sue Em
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Another well-done entry in the Virginia wine series, in fact, it might be my favorite. Lucie witnesses an accident at the very spot of her crippling accident years before. And not just a random accident, but a family friend who just lost a presidential election. His dying request leads Lucie to wonder if the accident might have been suicide. As she tries to fulfill his request, the ramifications of her investigation show ties to her family and friends. The mystery kept me guessing and the writin ...more
Susan Moxley
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read that will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing to the very end of the Book.
Jonathan Shell
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it

The Vineyard Victims, is the 8th installment in the Wine Country Mysteries series by Ellen Crosby featuring vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery. I do not remember how I came across the Wine Country Mystery series but I believe it probably had something to do with being from Northern Virginia. I have been to and around many of the places Crosby describes in her series and that local flavor is something which I always enjoy.

The Vineyard Victims was probably my least favorite
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lucie Montgomery was heading home one night when an SUV blew past her and plowed into one of the stone pillars outside of her vineyard, crashing at a high speed. Lucie tried to get to the driver, former presidential candidate Jamison Vaughn, but the engine was already on fire. She grabbed onto his door handle and pulled, trying to get him out anyway, but her neighbor (who was also passing by and saw the accident) yanked her away to safety before the car exploded in flames. 

Lucie was in shock. Va
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.

After the sixth book in this series, The Sauvignon Secret, Ellen Crosby took a break from her Wine Country series and I missed them. When she returned five years later with The Champagne Conspiracy, I was delighted but apprehensive since I was not sure if she would be able to return to her characters the way that she had left them. I was not disappointed and now with book eight, I am once again glad
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, series
I picked up this book because I'm reading the books that have been nominated for the 2018 Mary Higgins Clark award. I've finished The Widow's House and Uncorking a Lie. Next up after this one will be You'll Never Know, Dear.

Lucie Montgomery witnesses a terrible car crash, involving a prominent local man who recently ran for president. Lucie watches him die trapped in his burning car.

But when Lucie tries to carry out the dying driver's urgent last request, she stirs up a hornets' nest of lies su
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun mystery series-just make sure you have a glass of wine handy while reading :). Not super intense, but it is hard to put down until you know "who done it"

"The death of a former presidential candidate in a fiery car crash at her Virginia vineyard has ties to a thirty year-old murder, as well as to Lucie Montgomery’s own near fatal accident ten years ago, as she searches for a killer who now may be stalking her.When Jamison Vaughn―billionaire real estate mogul, Virginia vineyard owner
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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The Vineyard Victims by Ellen Crosby is the 8th book of the Wine Country Mystery series set in contemporary Virginia. Lucie Montgomery owns her family vineyard, where she lives with her fiancee and winemaker Quinn. Her neighborhood is rolling countryside with vast family estates. Lucie has a tangled web of relationships to fellow residents in the area, many related to earlier mysteries in the series.

Ten years ago Lucie was in a horrible car crash, on winery property. She walks with a limp, a las
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.75 stars

Lucie Montgomery is scarred, physically and emotionally, from a horrific car crash years ago. So when she witnesses a crash in the exact same spot, involving a car driven by a friend, it brings up a lot of old ghosts.

And when Lucie tries to carry out the dying driver's urgent last request, she unearths old scandals and mysteries that threaten to claim more lives.

This is part of the Wine Country mystery series, and while you could read it as a standalone, the earlier books help fill in
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had a very different tone than the others in the series. I am still trying to decide if I like it or not.

In this book Lucie is much more sure of her self, secure in her thoughts and decisions, and confident in her place in the world. Quinn is much more relaxed and not trying to control everything that Lucie does or criticize what she is doing all the time. Yes, I do like the changes in the characters but it happened so abruptly that it feels kind of weird. I wish there was a conversati
Becky Tatar
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Lucie Montgomery owns a sizeable vineyard in Virginia. Coming home one day, she sees a car barreling down the road at her. She swerves to miss it, and the driver plows his car into the brick pillar outside her entryway to her home. She sees that it's Jamie Vaughn, neighbor, and recent presidential candidate. He has a few last words, but then Mick Dunne comes up, and drags Lucie away, as they watch in horror as Jamie's car goes up in flames. Everyone wants Lucie to drop this - she was mistaken on ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
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Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read and enjoyed all Ellen Crosby’s Virginia wine country books -- as well as her other books -- and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Good storytelling and character development, plus a little education in winemaking thanks to her in-depth research. The Vineyard Victims is a standout because Ms. Crosby has taken her character development and writing skills to a new level. You do not need to read the earlier books in order to dive in and enjoy a fine (as in well crafted) story. If you do read ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Vineyard Victims is the eighth book in the Wine Country Mysteries series by Ellen Crosby. I have read all the previous books in this series. I am definitely a fan! Great series.

The book opens with a car crash. Former Presidential Candidate and neighbour Jamie Vaughn crashes into a wall at Lucie Montgomery's winery. It is the same wall that caused Lucie's disabling accident. Vaughn is dead but did he need to die. Did he crash purposely?

Lucie cannot help herself from trying to solve the myst
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I had to create a 30 day challenge for myself to get reading again. I pledged to read at least fifteen minutes a day so that in ten days I was able to finish VINEYARD VICTIMS by Ellen Crosby. This is book 8 in the Wine Country Mystery Series.

My guess is that it would be better to read the series in order although this entry stood alone pretty well. It takes a bit of attention to figure out where everyone belongs but the author plots and writes carefully making it easy for the reader to follow. I
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC of this book.
Wow. An exceptional book for a cozy. I don't mean to diminish the importance of cozy mysteries. They are great for rainy afternoons. This cozy is so well written and the action flows so smoothly that one is driven to read on. It is book 8 in the Wine Country mysteries series. I have not read any of the others and I was able to totally understand the characters and the action. The book alluded to the back story but did not try to fil
Jeff Stevens
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is book #8 of a really good mystery series. Set in a vineyard in Virginia, the main character is a young woman named Lucie who inherited the winery. At that time, she was recovering from an automobile accident and the winery was in precarious financial shape. By this book, the winery is solvent and she has mostly recovered from the accident. Then a recent presidential candidate crashes into the brick column at the entrance to the winery, the same location of her accident, and he dies in the ...more
Tiffany E-P
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2018
Well written edition to the story that includes some nice history of the Norton grape. The story reveals a bit more about the accident of our female protagonist, and as the mystery progresses, you see her character develop, and mature. The relationships that had been formed in the previous books, are also taken to new steps as the plot is revealed. This book could stand alone, but to truly understand the story plot, and the motivation of the main character, it would be best to read the others. E ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, summer-2018
So this is not a cozy mystery. I realize this is the 8th in a series, so there is a lot of baggage, but this is a dark mystery. I loved the descriptions and the setting of the book. Lucie is a smart, jaded heroine, but her attraction to mysteries and detective work is a little perplexing. She gets told many times to drop her investigation and her persistence is really only explained with a dying man’s words. I wish there had been more humor and explanation, but this was an intriguing mystery nev ...more
Bobbie N
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this eighth of the series, billionaire vineyard owner, real estate mogul, and unsuccessful presidential candidate Jamison Vaughn drives his car into a stone pillar at the entrance of Lucie Montgomery's vineyard, and Lucie witnesses the crash and Jamie's last moments before the ensuing fire engulfs his SUV. In her attempts to carry out Jamie's last words, Lucie stumbles across both old and recent transgressions that indicate the crash was anything but accidental. ...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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  • The Bordeaux Betrayal (Wine Country Mysteries #3)
  • The Riesling Retribution (Wine Country Mysteries #4)
  • The Viognier Vendetta (Wine Country Mysteries #5)
  • The Sauvignon Secret (Wine Country Mysteries, #6)
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