Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: The Champagne Conspiracy (Wine Country Mysteries #7) by Ellen Crosby

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1187 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250076552
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Nov. 1 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 Winter has come to the Montgomery Estate Vineyard in Atoka, Virginia. Lucie Montgomery and winemaker Quinn Santori have decided to make champagne, a first for the vineyard.

But then Gino Tomassi, Quinn’s uncle, turns up on their doorstep one afternoon, demanding help in solving the mystery of what happened to Zara Tomassi, the first wife of his grandfather, who died in a San Francisco hotel in 1923 under suspicious circumstances. And it seems there’s no coincidence that her death came the day after President Warren Harding passed away in that same hotel. Gino needs answers before his blackmailer takes him for all he’s worth―or exposes an explosive family secret.

Lucie searches for what happened almost a hundred years ago as she delves into Prohibition-era Washington, D.C.―a town of bootlegging and duplicity, jazz clubs and speakeasies. But then the investigation turns deadly, threatening Lucie, her relationship with Quinn, and the vineyard, as they realize someone is still out there nearly a century later who will go to any lengths to keep the truth about Zara’s death a buried secret.

About the Author

 Ellen Crosby is the author of THE CHAMPAGNE CONSPIRACY, the 7th book in the Virginia Wine Country mysteries, which will be out November 1, 2016. Also in 2016, GHOST IMAGE, the second Sophie Medina mystery will be out, along with the US edition of MOSCOW NIGHTS. Before writing fiction, Crosby was a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, Moscow correspondent for ABC Radio News, and an economist at the US Senate. After living overseas for many years, she now lives in the Washington, DC suburbs of northern Virginia. More information at or

My Review

The Champagne Conspiracy is the seventh book in the Wine Country Mysteries series by Ellen Crosby. I have read all the earlier books in the series and really enjoyed them.

I have followed Quinn and Lucie's relationship since the beginning and was glad to see that both of them were characters in The Champagne Conspiracy but sad to see that their relationship was stalled. Lucie's brother Eli and his daughter are now living full time at the winery. I was glad to see all the familiar characters from the previous books in The Champagne Conspiracy.

Quinn's California past was once again front and center in The Champagne Conspiracy. His cousin Gino was trying to suppress family secrets and discover who was trying to blackmail him. It soon became obvious that the roots of his trouble were located in Virginia's wine and horse country.

There were lots of twists and turns in The Champagne Conspiracy. I really liked the ending. If this ends up being the last book in the series then I am satisfied.

Great series. The Champagne Conspiracy was an excellent addition to the series.

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