Ghost Image

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Series: The Sophie Medina Mysteries #2
Published by: Scribner
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Pages: 272
ISBN13: 978-1451659375


When freelance photojournalist Sophie Medina finds Brother Kevin Boyle, a Franciscan friar and controversial environmentalist, dead in the magnificent gardens of a Washington, DC monastery, she is sure her friend was murdered. Shortly before he died, Kevin told Sophie he was being stalked, possibly because he uncovered a botanic discovery potentially worth millions of dollars. Left with few clues to his secret, Sophie is determined to figure out who killed Kevin.

Beginning with a key that leads to a priceless original seventeenth-century encyclopedia of plants, Sophie leaps into an international treasure hunt following a trail that begins in the US Capitol and eventually leads to London and the English countryside. Before long Sophie suspects Kevin’s murderer may have been someone who knew him well. With time running out and a suspect list that includes the world’s leading botanical experts and political royalty from both sides of the Atlantic, can Sophie solve the two-hundred-year-old mystery before Kevin’s killer finds her?

A tale of greed and betrayal involving politicians, diplomats, European royalty, and a century-old monastery, Ghost Image is filled with political intrigue, history, and an international high-stakes race against a killer that will keep you guessing until the very last page.


“A quick-moving mystery with a wealth of fascinating material on gardening in Colonial times and the value of plants in sustaining life on Earth.”

“Intriguing . . . compelling.”
— Publishers Weekly

Sophie is a tough, relatable heroine, and with her unconventional job—not to mention her ex-spy husband—this makes for a breezy read with just the right amount of thrills.”
—­­­­Library Journal 

“A solid, scenic mystery.”

“In Ghost Image, seasoned journalist Ellen Crosby leads us on a colorful romp through Washington DC and London – two cities she knows well – where clues to a 200-year-old treasure hunt have dire results. A must-read cliffhanger for fans of her earlier work!”
—Katherine Neville: New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author

“From a secluded monastery garden to the halls of power in Washington, DC, Ellen Crosby leads us on a deadly chase to catch a killer, showcasing powerful and corrupt personalities against a landscape where nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. A page-turner to the last, Ghost Image is a compelling read that kept me guessing late into the night.”
—G.M. Malliet, award-winning author of A Demon Summer

"Ghost Image has all my favorite elements--a strong and talented heroine in Sophie Medina, well-drawn and believable characters, fascinating science and history, a wonderful sense of place, and a thrilling race to find a killer and save a world-changing secret. A great read!"
—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of To Dwell in Darkness

"Ghost Image is the exciting new title in Ellen Crosby's marvelous Sophie Medina series, and positively another winner! An intriguing plot, perfectly drawn characters, and Crosby's thorough knowledge of the world she writes about make Ghost Image a must read for mystery fans everywhere!  Sophie Medina is a bright new star readers are going to love."
—Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge and the Bess Crawford Mystery series

“Elegant writing and a plot that twists and veers like creeping ivy, Ghost Image is a smart, engaging read.”
—David Riley Bertsch, author of Death Canyon


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