The Merlot Murders (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Ellen Crosby

Pocket Books, 9781416536048, 340pp.

Publication Date: July 31, 2007



"Finely ladled suspense," says the Sun-Sentinel about the complex flavor of Ellen Crosby's debut mystery set in the wealthy Blue Ridge wine country of northern Virginia, where vineyard heiress Lucie Montgomery must find a killer or lose her cherished family heritage.

Leland Montgomery's death was deemed accidental, but when his daughter Lucie returns home from France, she finds the once-thriving family vineyard run down, collapsing under huge debt. Lucie's godfather warns her that Leland's demise may have been the result of an attempt to force the sale of the vineyard. Her extravagant brother and rebellious sister are determined to sell the estate, and there's something suspicious about the vintner her father hired right before he died. When another oenophile turns up dead, asphyxiated in a tank of Merlot, Lucie -- the lone holdout preventing the vineyard's sale -- realizes she's next in line for an "accident." Can she trust in the proverb in vino veritas -- in wine there is truth -- as she attempts to survive a very bad year for Merlot?

Praise For The Merlot Murders

"Like a fine wine, full-bodied, complex and satisfying." -- Sun-Sentinel (South Florida)

"A neat whodunit." -- The New York Times

"A terrific kickoff to what promises to be a highly satisfying new series." -- Publishers Weekly