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.

On sale November 5, 2019!

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Read Ellen's op-ed piece in the 8/25/19 Washington Post about the problems One More Page Books in Arlington, VA is having keeping its doors open as Amazon's HQ2 prepares to move into the neighborhood.

Early  reviews for THE ANGELS' SHARE:

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