Priceless paintings Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis bought in Paris in 1949 and a climate change activist’s death in her Virginia vineyard expose secrets that threaten to tear apart Lucie Montgomery’s family

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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 French Paradox

The death of a polarizing climate change activist in Lucie Montgomery’s Virginia vineyard might be connected to a 1949 romance in Paris between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lucie’s French grandfather, along with now-priceless paintings Jackie bought for a few francs in a Parisian bookstall.

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8/6/21 Delaplane CellarsDelaplane, VA. 4-6 pm. Ticketed eventdiscussion with Rick Tagg, Delaplane's winemaker and Ellen's advisor for the wine country mysteries. Wine, charcuterie plate, & books available for purchase.

8/15/21 Slater Run Vineyards, Upperville, VA. 2-4 pm Talk & signing. Books will be available for purchase.

Click here to learn which bookstores are offering signed & personalized books.

Click on News for links to videos from previous events as well as blog posts on THE FRENCH PARADOX.

UPDATE:The trade paperback edition of THE FRENCH PARADOX will be available  9/28/21.