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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BITTER ROOTS: Coming on April 5, 2022 in the US, 1/31/22 in the UK, and 3/1/22 as an e-book. Blackstone Audio will once again be publishing the audio book—more information to come.

BITTER ROOTS is the 12th book in the Virginia wine country mystery series:

The brutal murder of a beautiful vineyard expert and a devastating storm force Virginia winemaker Lucie Montgomery to confront painful changes on the eve of her wedding. 

Please keep checking back for more news about the BITTER ROOTS book tour, which will hopefully be in person!

Also coming in early spring 2022: MULTIPLE EXPOSURE and GHOST IMAGE.
Severn House will be reprinting the first two books in the Sophie Medina mystery series as ebooks and as trade paperback editions. Look for the third Sophie Medina mystery—BLOWOUT—in 2023!

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