THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY reviews:
“Intriguing, well-paced…Like Lucie’s best wines, this story combines freshness, body, and considerable complexity.”—Publishers Weekly
“The wine industry and the ins and outs of running a winery provide the background for this mystery with its well-drawn characters and satisfying puzzles.”—Booklist
“Crosby’s cases…are always good value. Even mystery mavens who miss the clue to who’s pulling the strings will savor the spicy family relationships.”—Kirkus Reviews
Criminal Element has created a terrific Visual Guide to THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY — check it out!
Thanks to Criminal Element (they have been busy!) for also creating a special cocktail to drink while reading THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY:
How to make the cocktail:
- Drop a sugar cube into a champagne flute.
- Splash 2-3 dashes of bitters onto the sugar cube to soak it.
- Slowly pour champagne into flute.
- Cut a slice of lemon peel and squeeze the oils on top of the drink.
- Rub the rim of the glass with the peel and drop into the drink.
Watch the bubbles subside and enjoy!
Connecting 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Maine to Florida, Route One Reads is a partnership between the Library of Congress and 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that showcase their states or commonwealths for readers traveling the major and meandering highway. The full list is here if you plan to be on the road this summer!
3/28/16 A hat trick for 2016–3 books! THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY, Virginia wine country mystery #7, (Minotaur, Nov.), GHOST IMAGE, Sophie Medina #2 (Scribner trade paperback, Oct.), & MOSCOW NIGHTS, originally published in the UK in 2000, (Speaking Volumes, late spring).
12/16/15 Keep checking here for more information about my 2016 books: the U.S. publication of MOSCOW NIGHTS (originally published in the U.K. in 2000) and THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY, book #7 in the Virginia wine country mysteries, due out in Fall 2016 from St. Martin’s/Minotaur.
4/21/15 GHOST IMAGE publication date! Read “The Story Behind the Story” or “How I Ate and Drank My Way Through Book Research” at literary blog upcoming4.me
4/17/15 GHOST IMAGE gets some great pre-publication reviews!
“Sophie is a tough, relatable heroine, and with her unconventional job—not to mention her ex-spy husband—this makes for a breezy read with just the right amount of thrills.”—Library Journal
“A quick-moving mystery with a wealth of fascinating material on gardening in Colonial times and the value of plants in sustaining life on Earth.”—Kirkus
“A solid, scenic mystery.”—Booklist
3/27/15 The audiobook for GHOST IMAGE will be available on 4/21/15 from Blackstone Audio. Have a look at the terrific cover.
3/17/15 MULTIPLE EXPOSURE is out as a trade paperback published by Scribner!
1/16/15 Please keep checking the upcoming events page regularly for the latest list of places where I’ll be touring for GHOST IMAGE.
11/20/14 Two new books in the Virginia wine country mystery series will be published by St. Martin’s Minotaur beginning in 2016!
Interviews and Articles:
Ellen answers a few personal (and fun) questions in a mini-interview in the Simon & Schuster studio. Watch the video.
8/6/13 Ellen had a great time blogging about how not to get arrested doing book research at Criminal Element. (The sweepstakes, unfortunately, is over).
8/6/13 Wanna know why Ellen took the plunge and started writing a new series after six Virginia wine country mysteries? Read about it on Poe’s Deadly Daughters.
5/25/13 A British journalist asked Ellen why wine and crime fiction go so well together. Here’s her article: Blood on the Vines.
BBC Audiobooks America, which publishes all of Ellen’s books in unabridged audio format, arranged for Ellen to be interviewed to talk about the books, her research, and a few other surprising topics. The interviewer was her husband, André de Nesnera, a longtime radio and television journalist with a major international news organization. Enjoy the interview . . . they had fun doing it! Listen to the audio.
Listen to The Sauvignon Secret interview on Bill Thompson’s Eye on Books.
Read Ellen’s 2010 Romantic Times spotlight essay about why she chose to set The Viognier Vendetta in Washington, D.C. Read her essay here.
Ellen talked to Bill Thompson of Eye on Books about The Riesling Retribution. You can listen to the interview here.
Eye on Books with Bill Thompson — listen to Ellen’s interview regarding The Chardonnay Charade .
Listen to Ellen’s interview with Beth Foxwell, host of the weekly radio show “It’s A Mystery“ on WEBR in Fairfax, Virginia.
Read Ellen’s article from the January 2007 edition of Mystery Writers of America’s newsletter The Third Degree.
Mystery Readers Journal. From the Academic Mysteries 101 Fall 2006 issue. Thomas Jefferson’s Passions — Wine & the University of Virginia (PDF)
Eye on Books with Bill Thompson — listen below to Ellen’s interview on about The Merlot Murders on The Bookcast. (Audio courtesy of www.thebookcast.com)