An intriguing blend of secret societies, Prohibition bootleg wine and potentially scandalous documents hidden by the Founding Fathers, all of which yield a vintage murder.




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.

The Angels' Share

When Lucie Montgomery attends a Thanksgiving weekend party for friends and neighbors at Hawthorne Castle, an honest-to-goodness castle owned by the Avery family, America’s last great newspaper dynasty and owners of the Washington Tribune, she doesn’t expect the festive occasion to end in death.

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Listen & watch here to Ellen Crosby & Art Taylor Talk Crime for Virginia Humanities & Virginia Festival of the Book and here (minute 59) to watch Ellen reading from Moscow Nights at DC's Virtual Noir for Indie Bookstores hosted by Ed Aymar.

THE ANGELS' SHARE is a longlist finalist in the fiction category for the 2020 Library of Virginia Literary Awards! 


Saturday, July 25, 2020: Talking books with Esme Addison & Harper Kinkaid, Winchester Book Gallery, 11am. This event will now be virtual (via Zoom) and also an in-person event featuring Esme and Harper in the store. Zoom link to follow.

JULY 7, 2020 UPDATE: THE FRENCH PARADOX, the next Virginia wine country mystery, will be available in the UK on January 29, 2021 and in the US on April 6, 2021. The e-book will be available March 1.