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Product Details

  • Series: Wine Country Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439163863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439163863
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

When glamorous Rebecca Natale disappears before a black-tie gala honoring her boss, billionaire Wall Street guru Sir Thomas Asher--who's donating a collection of architectural drawings, maps, and other documents relating to the design and planning of Washington, D.C., to the Library of Congress--Virginia vintner Lucie Montgomery, who's Rebecca's college friend, investigates in Crosby's enjoyable fifth wine country mystery (after 2009's The Riesling Retribution). After Rebecca's clothes turn up at a Potomac boat house, she's feared to be either a suicide or a victim of foul play. Lucie joins forces with ex-investment analyst Ian Philips, a disgruntled whistle-blower who's prepared to testify before a government subcommittee that Sir Thomas is running a Ponzi scheme, but Ian "drowns" before he can do so. Full of Washington historical lore, this addictive whodunit also updates Lucie's relationship with brooding Quinn Santori, her Montgomery Estate Vineyard winemaker lover.
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From Booklist

Virginia vintner Lucie Montgomery returns in her fifth mystery. This time she begins by visiting Washington, D.C., during cherry-blossom season. Lucie is excited and intrigued to meet up with an old friend, Rebecca Natale, who is working as an assistant to a philanthropist and investment counselor. But the next morning Lucie is asked to identify Rebecca’s clothes, found in a rowboat floating in the Potomac. Is her friend staging an elaborate disappearance, or could this be suicide, or even murder? Clues include messages to be found in the writings of Alexander Pope and in the history of the War of 1812. As Lucie travels back and forth between her Montgomery Estate Vineyard and various D.C. venues, the wine business and her relationship with winemaker Quinn Santori begin to take a backseat to solving the mystery of Rebecca’s disappearance. The meticulously researched historical background—always a hallmark in Crosby’s novels—is nicely balanced by an intriguing mystery. --Judy Coon

More About the Author

Ellen Crosby is the author of MULTIPLE EXPOSURE and GHOST IMAGE (Scribner, April, 2015) a mystery series featuring international photojournalist Sophie Medina. She has also written 6 books in the Virginia wine country mysteries featuring winemaker Lucie Montgomery, and MOSCOW NIGHTS, a standalone based loosely on her time as Moscow correspondent for ABC Radio News in the late 1980s. Before writing fiction, Crosby worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and as an economist at the US Senate. Visit her website at www.ellencrosby.com and follow her on Facebook at EllenCrosbyBooks and on Twitter at @ellencrosby.

Customer Reviews

Will look forward to the next book down the road.
new englander at heart
Although it takes place in Washington D.C. instead of Virginia wine country, the plot is excellent as always and provides a pleasant change of scenery.
Jo Ann Woodin
Great smooth reading and plot line that is believable and lovable characters.
avid

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By new englander at heart on August 5, 2010
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Another highly satisfying addition to this series; I pre-ordered it and read it in a day and a half. Berkeley's mystery series can be very hit or miss but this is definitely one of the best. The author evokes a good sense of place through her descriptions, whether it's in Blue Ridge wine country or in D.C. as she does in this book and makes me crave dark roasts and baguettes for breakfast... sentences and chapters sometimes end with a little bit of a "noir" ish feel (she does this in other books as well) which I love. Love Lucy but kind of missed her brother and sister in this book and the family and friends dynamics of past books. Q needs to come around of course. :) Will look forward to the next book down the road.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colorado4US on September 1, 2010
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What a well-written book. I especially enjoy the character development that the author includes from book to book. Just like in real life, these 'people' experience ongoing changes that will shape future chapters. After what happens in this book I am very much looking forward to the next one!

I wish certain other mystery authors (Ms Fluke!) would take writing lessons from Ms Crosby. Maybe then we wouldn't keep seeing a rehash of the same storyline from them over and over and......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on December 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ellen Crosby's Wine Country Mysteries is yet another series that I look forward to reading. Her lead character, Lucie Montgomery, is warm and inviting with just enough sass and intelligence to entertain a reader without being too sugar sweet or condescending.

The fifth book in the series brings Lucie Montgomery to Washington DC during the cherry blossom season to meet up with an old friend, Rebecca Natele. But this meeting wasn't the spur of the moment unplanned event that Lucie was expecting. Something was definitely up and when Rebecca suddenly disappears with her clothes found neatly folded in a rowboat floating down the Potomac, Lucie wonders if it was actually suicide. This is Washington after all and when you mix politics, scandal, billionaires and a missing antique silver wine cooler looted by British soldier's before they burned the White House during the War of 1812, you just never know who is telling the truth and which lie might actually have a partial truth to it.

Ellen Crosby adds the right amount of history to her books to both entertain and educate the reader. You are left feeling that Ms Crosby had done her research and you come away with more than a nice mystery, you also are left with a bit of history and a little more knowledge then you started with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Twelve years have passed since vintner Lucie Montgomery heard from her former best friend at college Rebecca Natale. So she is understandably shocked when Rachel calls her and asks to meet her in Washington DC. She will put her up at a nice hotel that she can afford since she is the protégé of billionaire investor Sir Thomas Asher.

Lucie arrives at the hotel, but is told to meet Rebecca at the Lincoln memorial. The Virginia vintner knows Rebecca wants something from her, but cannot fathom what that could be. Rebecca stuns Lucie further when all she asks is for her friend to come to the showing of Asher donating his document collection to the Library of Congress. Lucie agrees to attend and Rebecca buys postcards before saying bye. Soon after their meeting, Rebecca vanishes with a valuables antique stolen during the ransacking of the White House in the War of 1812. Meanwhile whistle blower Ian Phillips, who insisted Asher's investments are a Ponzi scheme fraud, is found dead. Lucie believes Rebecca's disappearance is tied to the murder. Assuming that Rebecca is dead too, Lucie tries to decipher the messages her friend sent to her.

Readers will toast Ellen Crosby with her delightfully tasty wine country mystery (see The Riesling Retribution) that combines headlines with the DC historical. In spite of knowing that Phillips and probably Natale were murdered, intrepid Lucie investigates seeking to uncover clues her best friend at school left buried for her. The Viognier Vendetta is the valiant vintner at her best.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By noelsell on September 14, 2010
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The Wine Country series is well written, and The Viognier Vendetta is a good addition to the series. I enjoyed reading it, although I didn't enjoy the Washington, DC setting as much as the Montgomery Vineyard settings of the previous books. I like the characters, although they sometimes verge on being just a little too dark for me. Lucie has endured several tragedies, yet she perseveres and grows a little in each book. Quinn either needs to come around and get his act together, or she needs to dump him and find the kind of man she deserves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Morris on May 21, 2013
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I like this series, really I do. However, this book was a huge disappointment. The characters were boring and the plot was uninspired. There were way too many facts and details about Washington DC, so much that it became redundant and uninteresting. I guessed the "who done it" right from the get go (which is an aspect if mysteries that I hate). I'd recommend anything else by Crosby, but I'd skip this one. It's a waste of time when there are so many wonderful books to read.
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Format: Hardcover
From the moment I read the first page, I was captivated by Ellen Crosby's latest installment in her Virginia Wine Country Mystery series. I really think that this is one of the best in the series thus far!

The book begins with a reunion between Lucie Montgomery, proprietor of the Montgomery Estate Vineyard in Atoka, Virginia, and Rebecca Natale, a college friend that Lucie has not seen in years. Rebecca is working as an advisor to internationally known financier, Thomas Asher, who is also a keen collector of art, books and other artifacts from the American Revolutionary War. Rebecca is in Washington with Asher and his team to commemorate a significant donation by the Ashers to the Library of Congress. At the start of a series of weeklong festivities surrounding the donation, Rebecca mysteriously disappears, leaving a series of cryptic clues for Lucie that are in the form of poetry written by Alexander Pope.

As Lucie tries to get to the bottom on Rebecca's disappearance, she discovers that there is much at stake in what her friend knew before she disappeared. The ramifications of the situation start to hit very close to home, and Lucie ends up in the crosshairs of a killer. Will she solve the mystery in time to save her friend, or has Rebecca already met her demise? When another person who was close to Rebecca mysteriously dies, Lucie digs in deeper to find the answers in a quest that takes her from Atoka to Capitol Hill to the lovely gardens surrounding the Capitol.
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