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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Latest News & Events

MAY 20, 2020: News about THE FRENCH PARADOX, the next Virginia wine country mystery, coming soon. (Hint: newsletter recipients will be the first to know! You can sign up here.)


Friday, June 5, 2020: Noir at the Bar to benefit Mystery Loves Company Books in Oxford, MD. Join Ellen and 8 other authors who will read from their latest books. Live-streamed on Crowdcast, 8pm. More info to come.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020: Shelf Life, sponsored by the Virginia Festival of the Book.
Ellen Crosby and Art Taylor talk about books, reading, writing crime fiction, and why their close-knit critique group has never missed a meeting in 10 years. Live-streamed on Facebook & Zoom from 12-12:45pm. More information to come.

Saturday, July 25, 2020: Talking books with Esme Addison & Harper Kinkaid, Winchester Book Gallery, 11am. We will update you with information about whether this will be held at the store or online.

Reviews for THE ANGELS' SHARE:

"Wine lore and mystery, both historical and modern, combine for an enthralling read."
Kirkus Reviews 

"Crisp and elegant. The disparate plot threads come together in an exciting and satisfying conclusion. Crosby knows how to keep the reader guessing." –– Publishers Weekly

"This well-plotted addition to these award-winning mysteries will appeal to fans of the series and historical puzzles, as seen in the film National ­Treasure." —Library Journal

"One of the most successful mystery series on the market today."—Washington Independent Review of Books