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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7/18/21: Charles Krug Vineyard, Napa, CA. Virtual wine tasting with Peter Mondavi, Jr., owner of Napa's oldest vineyard; then Ellen will be in conversation with Peter to discuss climate change & the wine industry. Fundraiser to benefit The Crystal City/Pentagon Rotary. Limited to 300 guests.

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UPDATE:The audio book for THE FRENCH PARADOX will be available 6/22/21; the paperback edition will be available 9/28/21.