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The Vineyard Victims: A Wine Country Mystery, Ellen Crosby

When Jamison Vaughn, billionaire real estate mogul, Virginia vineyard owner, and unsuccessful US presidential candidate, drives his gold SUV into a stone pillar at the entrance to Montgomery Estate Vineyard, Lucie Montgomery is certain the crash was deliberate. But everyone else in Atoka, Virginia is equally sure that Jamie must have lost control of his car on a rain-slicked country road. In spite of being saddled with massive campaign debts from the recent election, Jamie is seemingly the man with the perfect life. What possible reason could he have for committing suicide…or was it murder? Before long Lucie uncovers a connection between Jamie and some of his old friends, an elite group of academics, and the brutal murder thirty years ago of a brilliant PhD student. Although a handyman is on death row for the crime, Lucie soon suspects someone else is guilty. But the investigation into the two deaths throws Lucie a curve ball when someone from her own past becomes involved, forcing her to confront old demons. Now the race to solve the mystery behind the two deaths becomes intensely personal as Lucie realizes someone wants her silenced for good. 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 before as she searches for a killer who now may be stalking her.

Ellen Crosby is the author of the Virginia wine country mysteries, including The Vineyard Victims, featuring vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery, as well as Multiple Exposure and Ghost Image, which feature international photojournalist Sophie Medina, and Moscow Nights, a stand-alone mystery. Previously she worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, Moscow correspondent for ABC News Radio, and as an economist at the US Senate.