Ghost Image

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Published by: Severn House
Release Date: February 1, 2022
Pages: 272
ISBN13: 978-1448308620

Reissued and coming soon!


Freelance photojournalist Sophie Medina has photographed world leaders, popes and international peace talks. Tonight, the focus of her lens are the 120 guests at a glittering society engagement party in Washington: billionaires, politicians, exiled European royalty . . . and Sophie’s old friend Brother Kevin Boyle, controversial environmentalist and Franciscan friar. Rumors are flying about a project that Kevin is working on. A project that could be worth millions, if it falls into the wrong hands.

So when Kevin’s body is discovered the next day in his monastery’s magnificent gardens, Sophie’s convinced his death is no accident – even though no else seems to agree.

What secrets was Kevin keeping, that were enough to kill for? Sophie embarks on an international treasure hunt that takes her from the US Capitol to London. But with time running out, and a suspect list made up of the rich and powerful, can she find the truth before Kevin’s killer finds her?


“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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