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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (312 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: August 2010 ISBN: 9781482979701
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When Lucie Montgomery visits Washington, DC, she doesn’t expect that her reunion with old friend Rebecca Natale is a setup. But Rebecca disappears into thin air after running an errand for her boss, billionaire philanthropist and investment guru Sir Thomas Asher. Also missing: an antique silver wine cooler looted by British soldiers before they burned the White House during the War of 1812. The next morning Lucie identifies Rebecca’s neatly folded clothes found in a rowboat floating in the Potomac River. Is it suicide, murder, or an elaborate scheme to disappear?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book works well as an amateur-sleuth novel but also explores the value of friendship, independence and wine lore…The Viognier Vendetta proves to be a fine vintage.”

    The Miami Herald

  • “Ellen Crosby is a writer with flair, and her compelling plot, likeable heroine, wealth of wine lore and sure sense of Virginia’s horse country combine in a crisp read that goes down smoothly with a pleasant finish.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Full of Washington historical lore, this addictive whodunit also updates Lucie’s relationship with brooding Quinn Santori, her Montgomery Estate Vineyard winemaker lover.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Marshall’s smooth, honeyed voice makes for pleasant listening…she keeps the story moving at an appropriate pace. Listeners will look forward to Lucie’s return.”

    AudioFile

  • “The meticulously researched historical background—always a hallmark in Crosby’s novels—is nicely balanced by an intriguing mystery.”

    Booklist

  • “Another pleasing combination of mystery, history and romance in a series that never disappoints.”

    Kirkus

  • “A fascinating mystery with a great plot, vivid characters and the art of wine making. The historical information is like frosting on a cake, making this a thoroughly delicious read.”

    Romantic Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/10/2014

    " Really enjoyed the Washington DC scenes. And, as always, enjoyed learning more about the production of wine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 2/6/2014

    " This was a compelling read, with the added attraction of taking place in Washington part of the time. I enjoyed seeing places I've seen through Lucie's eyes. One reason I like this series is because Lucie is not perfect, either physically, (she uses a cane following a car accident) or in other ways. Her romance is not a way in the park either. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya Watkins | 1/24/2014

    " good like all the rest. fun little mystery series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoy this series like you, Linda. Thanks for telling me about it. So...do you thin Quinn will be back! "

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 1/15/2014

    " The 5th in the wine country mystery series--fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/11/2014

    " Mystery Novel set in Washington! Quick fun read for the beach (or the metro). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/11/2014

    " I didn't realize the book was part of a mystery series when I selected it so it was a little annoying that not everything was wrapped up at the end, although the main mystery was solved satisfactorily. It was fun that the story took place in Virginia wine country since I live so close. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/29/2013

    " I loved this book, but get them together already! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla Marie | 12/18/2013

    " So addicted to these books. The setting and history are a little piece of home. The murder and romance is a plus! Although I am so mad at Quinn!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Nelson | 11/13/2013

    " Good, but predictable. Love the history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 10/30/2013

    " Light mystery, started out with an interesting story but ended up dragging on and on toward the middle and end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Mancini | 10/23/2013

    " I had forgotten how intriging this author is with the twists + turns. I was ready NOT to like this story- i'm not a fan of the stories that take place out of the area/state of the storyline's norm, but this worked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miki | 10/16/2013

    " My only comment is that this is the most tortured effort of a title I think I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angie | 8/6/2013

    " so far, so good -this is a top notch series! I loved it - the main character is a favorite and I enjoyed the storyline. These should be read in order to follow character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Rekowski | 6/20/2013

    " I was disappointed that not all loose ends were tied up. For instance, why was part of the prize winning wine tainted? I thought the body was in the wine barrel. I did not like the ongoing conflict with the two romantic main characters. It seemed forced and vague. Audio on way to Yellowstone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/23/2013

    " I love this series...I only wish Ellen could write them more often...it's a long time until the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 3/21/2013

    " I like this series but I was a bit bored with this one. I don't know if it was me or what.... I will still read the next in the series, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanjuaqin | 12/30/2012

    " It was an ok read. I really did love all of the historical facts. The story itself just seemed a little slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalee | 11/23/2012

    " Once again I enjoyed the characters and story line as Luce and Quinn dance around each other. The plot is well developed and it isn't obvious how it will come together in the end. And, an added bonus, I discovered a new white wine I like! I look forward to reading another in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/11/2012

    " Great addition to her series. Read it one day when I had lots of time to read. Lucie's adventures kept my interest and I learned some interesting wine notes and history. The way Ellen left some strings untied I am guessing this is not the last in her series which is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 10/8/2012

    " Thought this book one of the best of Ellen Crosby's Wine Country Series. Washington, DC locale added greatly to the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/4/2011

    " I love all the "Nikki Sands" winery owner snoop series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/31/2011

    " Loved it, as I have all of Ellen's books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 7/24/2011

    " I couldn't put it down!!!!!! A very good read!!!!! Love this series!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 3/25/2011

    " This wine country mystery goes on the road and takes place in Washington DC. It had less about wine growing and more about DC. That was ok with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/12/2011

    " I like this series but I was a bit bored with this one. I don't know if it was me or what.... I will still read the next in the series, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/13/2010

    " I really enjoy this series like you, Linda. Thanks for telling me about it. So...do you thin Quinn will be back! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/9/2010

    " I didn't realize the book was part of a mystery series when I selected it so it was a little annoying that not everything was wrapped up at the end, although the main mystery was solved satisfactorily. It was fun that the story took place in Virginia wine country since I live so close. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/1/2010

    " I love this series...I only wish Ellen could write them more often...it's a long time until the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/18/2010

    " Very good story; highly recommend. Will read more of her wine series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 10/22/2010

    " I loved this book, but get them together already! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/15/2010

    " I couldn't put it down!!!!!! A very good read!!!!! Love this series!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 10/12/2010

    " A good story, but I wish Lucie had stayed back on the vineyard in Loudo County. Most of the tale takes place in DC, with an occasional trip back to remind readers of the vineyard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/26/2010

    " Listening to it. Like it so far. Like the change of setting.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/8/2010

    " I had forgotten how intriging this author is with the twists + turns. I was ready NOT to like this story- i'm not a fan of the stories that take place out of the area/state of the storyline's norm, but this worked! "

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

    " One of her best yet. "

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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.