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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (387 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Crosby Narrator: Christine Marshall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wine Country Mysteries Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538467640
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When a tornado rips through Montgomery Estate Vineyard, it not only destroys some of Lucie Montgomery’s newest grapevines, it also unearths an old grave. After the dead man is identified as a former business associate of Lucie’s father, it seems everyone in Lucie’s hometown has already decided Leland Montgomery is a murderer. As the evidence piles up against him, Lucie sets out to prove her father’s innocence. 

But Lucie has more on her mind than a dead body. Her new vineyard manager has accused her winemaker, Quinn Santori, of abusing the vineyard’s migrant workers, while Lucie’s relationship with Quinn grows increasingly more complicated. Meanwhile, Lucie has given permission to a group of Civil War reenactors to recreate a local battle on her farm. But when one of the participants is shot with live ammunition, Lucie wonders whether it was an accident or an attempt at murder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Crosby’s series is definitely worth a taste.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Mystery lovers will enjoy the intelligent plot and well-drawn characters, oenophiles will savor the winemaking angle…Give this one the order of merit.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Red wine and murder pair up nicely.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The action canters along briskly infused with plenty of local color and wine lore.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Crosby has concocted a rare vintage that offers many subtle flavors of romance, scandal, passion, and violence.”

    Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

  • “Crosby’s plot is taut and her dialogue crisp. A touch of history and a wealth of suspense make this novel a journey not to be missed.”

    Mystery News

  • “The third of Crosby’s excellent series features a beguiling combination of wine lore, history, and mystery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 2/17/2014

    " Great series if you are looking for a fun and interesting murder mystery. The characters and setting are really the story and the murder is thrown in as a sideline. No great detective work here but plenty of characters you will come to know and a winery you wish you could visit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/10/2014

    " Always enjoy her books. One of my favorite beach reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/2/2014

    " Interesting book in an interesting series. I particularly liked the Civil War reenactment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/2/2014

    " This is the first one of her books I have read so I may see if my library has any more of them. Kind of interesting to learn a bit about wine making and civil war reenactments. Set in Virginia so you can guess who the locals were rooting for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Perdue | 1/29/2014

    " Pretty good yarn, though too many loose ends were never tied up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoyed all of the books in this series. Light reading. Fun stories. Good for listening in the car or reading on vacation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 1/26/2014

    " The best of the five so far (this is No 4). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 1/19/2014

    " This one is my favorite of the wine country murder mystery series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndee | 1/16/2014

    " I'm a sucker for any stories that involve food, wine, or coffee! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/20/2013

    " I enjoy her books more with each one. Just heard her 5th in the series will be out in Aug 2010, so look forward to it then. Light, easy to read, keep my interest and fun wine info sprinkled in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/11/2013

    " This book has a lot going on in it and has been my favorite so far. I love the family skeletons that seem to fall out of the closet. Good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 11/27/2013

    " Continuing the Wine Country series...I'm just gonna say it: Quinn and Lucie FINALLY got together. I have been waiting for this! I hope it sticks, it seems like it might actually work. Still loving this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 9/30/2013

    " Enjoy the information about wine making. Also, the Civil War historical aspect makes for a good read, despite the fact that the outcome was fairly certain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Nelson | 6/29/2013

    " I've been very into this series of books! I have to say, I'm glad this one turned out the way I had hope within the characters!!! Can't wait to read the last two! I "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 4/5/2013

    " A pretty entertaining story. The characters were really likable too. I kinda wish I hadn't jumped into the middle of a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loricious | 1/21/2013

    " She's kinda petering off with this one. Not even the historical lesson nestled in the storyline about a civil war battle gone awry for the Yanks can keep it at the same level as the previous ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Papalodge | 11/1/2012

    " Nice blend of characters. Good use of tying in locale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Gomez | 5/5/2012

    " I thought that the story moved quickly and that the author took the reader where she wanted them to go. I also enjoyed the nuances regarding wine making, but I though the romantic sub-plot slowed the story down. Perhaps it's just me.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Dover Stetson | 4/29/2012

    " Another hit in Crosby's series about wine, Virginia and history. Nice easy escapist reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ami | 4/15/2012

    " I absolutely love this Virginia-based wine country series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 3/10/2012

    " Mysteries set in wine country. A dead body is found after a tornado, later found to be murdered, and her deceased father may have been the murderer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lenore | 10/7/2011

    " Ellen Crosby incorporates Virginia's Civil War history into this intriguing wine country mystery. Nice beach (or rainy day) read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/22/2011

    " I truly enjoyed this book and this series. I had lived in the area of Virginia where the story takes place and can easily visualize many of the scenes. I love the characters and the way the story moves. It is light reading, but I look forward to reading her next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 4/3/2011

    " Pretty good yarn, though too many loose ends were never tied up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 3/31/2011

    " Mysteries set in wine country. A dead body is found after a tornado, later found to be murdered, and her deceased father may have been the murderer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 12/31/2010

    " A good mystery and likable characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 11/28/2010

    " I enjoyed this in the series but I did enjoy the first few a bit more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 10/24/2010

    " This book is interestng and full of history, not as much action as the other books. However Lucie does have to run for her life like ususal. Also finally Lucie and Quinn Santori do more than kiss and argue. For that alone this book got 4 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 10/12/2010

    " The best of the five so far (this is No 4). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/5/2010

    " I truly enjoyed this book and this series. I had lived in the area of Virginia where the story takes place and can easily visualize many of the scenes. I love the characters and the way the story moves. It is light reading, but I look forward to reading her next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/2/2010

    " This has become one of my favorite series lately. I love the historical information on the Civil War as well as learning about winemaking in Virginia. The characters are interesting and I found this one to be an exceptionally entertaining read. Wish these books would come out more often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lenore | 8/14/2010

    " Ellen Crosby incorporates Virginia's Civil War history into this intriguing wine country mystery. Nice beach (or rainy day) read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/9/2010

    " This is the first one of her books I have read so I may see if my library has any more of them. Kind of interesting to learn a bit about wine making and civil war reenactments. Set in Virginia so you can guess who the locals were rooting for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/27/2010

    " Loved it. The Battle of Ball's Bluff gives you an appreciation for the many planned and unplanned encounters that made up the complicated Civil War. Another terrific Wine Country Mystery installment. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loricious | 1/26/2010

    " She's kinda petering off with this one. Not even the historical lesson nestled in the storyline about a civil war battle gone awry for the Yanks can keep it at the same level as the previous ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/6/2010

    " This is my least favorite of the Wine Country Mysteries. What I liked: the history and the developing relationship between Lucy and Quinn. What I didn't like: the writing style wasn't up to par with the previous books, and the mystery itself wasn't all that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 11/20/2009

    " Nice blend of characters. Good use of tying in locale. "

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About the Author
Author Ellen Crosby

Ellen Crosby is the author of the Virginia Wine Country Mystery series and the Sophie Medina Mystery series, as well as the stand-alone novel Moscow Nights. She is a former freelance reporter for the Washington Post and the Moscow correspondent for ABC Radio News, and an economist at the US Senate.

About the Narrator

Christine Marshall is an actress, director, and designer living in Portland, Maine. She teaches for the Maine State Ballet and produces plays with her theater company, Mad Horse. In addition to audiobooks, she records the online version of the New Yorker.