. . . hard to put down. Crosby scores another compulsively readable vino-themed mystery.
Publishers Weekly


The Sophie Medina Mysteries

“[An] assured tale of love, loss, and secret agendas. Crosby offers a complex portrait of our nation's capital, with its historic beauty and roiling underbelly of deceit and danger.”

Publishers Weekly on MULTIPLE EXPOSURE



About Ellen

For many years I worked as a freelance journalist in the US and while living overseas in London, Moscow, and Geneva, Switzerland before turning to writing fiction full time. My last job as a stringer was as a regional feature writer for The Washington Post, covering many of the places where my wine country mysteries are set.

Bitter Roots

Why did a drop-dead gorgeous California vineyard expert want to see Quinn Santori, Lucie Montgomery’s fiancé, a few hours before she was brutally murdered and days before Lucie and Quinn’s wedding? When a powerful storm knocks out power and phone service to the vineyard, destroying the garden where they were planning to get married, their relationship is pushed to its limit. As Lucie and Quinn search for a killer, Lucie wonders what Quinn is hiding from her . . . and why.

Latest News & Events



NEW EVENT: Join me, top vineyard consultant Lucie Morton, and winemaker Rick Tagg on April 23 for a special wine-and-cheese talk and book signing at Slater Run Vineyards in Upperville, VA. Ticketed event.

The list of my book tour events (virtual and in person) for BITTER ROOTS is here!  Even if you can't come to one of my events, you can always preorder a signed & personalized copy from a bookstore where I'll be; they'll be happy to mail it to you!

UPDATE: THE FRENCH PARADOX made The Strand Magazine's list of TOP 20 MYSTERIES OF 2021!

As a former journalist for ABC Radio News during the waning days of the Soviet Union, I learned a lot. Read my story—and recommendations for the best Russian spy novels here in CrimeReads.



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