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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3/10/20 UPDATE: VA BOOK 2020 CANCELLED! Ellen will be at the Virginia Book Festival Crime Wave day (Crime Finds A Way)  on March 21.

NEW INFO: SOLD OUT March 8, 2020: Friends of the Fauquier County Library present An Afternoon with Ellen Crosby at Delaplane Cellars Winery, 2187 Winchester Road, Delaplane, VA. Free but reservation required

Read the backstory about how and why Ellen began writing the Virginia wine country mysteries and the story behind THE ANGELS' SHARE at Jungle Red Writers and Rogue Women Writers.

COMING IN 2021: BOOK #11 in the Virginia Wine Country Mystery Series. Watch this space for more information!

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

One of Due South's Most Anticipated Cozy Mysteries of Fall 2019

"Like National Treasure, but it's a much better story. Another exceptional story by Ellen Crosby." —Map Your Mystery

"Entwined with fascinating facts about wine and winemaking, this satisfying addition to the series will please oenophiles." –– Booklist