The Vintage Vendetta (Wine Country Mystery Series #5)

The Vintage Vendetta (Wine Country Mystery Series #5)

3.9 16
by Ellen Crosby
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Ellen Crosby’s "beguiling" (Kirkus Reviews) fifth mystery takes readers into Washington’s corridors of power, where Lucie Montgomery uncovers a political and financial scandal while trying to locate her missing friend.

WHEN LUCIE MONTGOMERY VISITS Washington, D.C., during cherry blossom season she doesn’t expect her reunion with

Overview

Ellen Crosby’s "beguiling" (Kirkus Reviews) fifth mystery takes readers into Washington’s corridors of power, where Lucie Montgomery uncovers a political and financial scandal while trying to locate her missing friend.

WHEN LUCIE MONTGOMERY VISITS Washington, D.C., during cherry blossom season she doesn’t expect her reunion with old friend Rebecca Natale is a setup. But Rebecca disappears into thin air after running an errand for her boss, billionaire philanthropist and investment guru Sir Thomas Asher. Also missing: an antique silver wine cooler looted by British soldiers before they burned the White House during the War of 1812.

The next morning Lucie identifies Rebecca’s neatly folded clothes found in a rowboat floating in the Potomac River. Is it suicide, murder—or an elaborate scheme to disappear? A clandestine meeting in the U.S. Capitol, a startling revelation on a windy hill, and cryptic messages from Rebecca cloaked in eighteenth-century poetry are all part of the suspenseful tale of whether Rebecca is alive or dead—and the truth about Asher Investments.

Featuring an absorbing plot, colorful characters, and fascinating winemaking detail, The Viognier Vendetta combines an entertaining mystery with luminous prose that has become Crosby’s trademark.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Ellen Crosby is a writer with flair, and her compelling plot, likeable heroine, wealth of wine lore and sure sense of Virginia’s horse country combine in a crisp read that goes down smoothly with a pleasant finish.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Ellen Crosby's fourth Virginia wine country mystery, The Riesling Retribution, really hits the spot. A body unearthed by a tornado, a suspicious vineyard manager, love triangles, theft and wine. It's a perfect combination.” – The Post and Courier (Charleston)

“A sophisticated story with a flawed but highly determined protagonist who intrigues. The descriptions of Virginia wine country and the many facets of winemaking will hook readers. Likewise, the history element nicely complements the mystery, and the romance is equally well done.”—Romantic Times

“The mystery element in this entertaining, fast-paced series is enhanced by both the fascinating winemaking details and the Civil War background.”—Booklist

“Crosby’s pleasing fourth will delight current fans and surely add new ones.”—Kirkus

"The only difficulty that readers will have with The Viognier Vendetta is taking time from the brisk plot to open a bottle of wine. The book works well as an amateur-sleuth novel but also explores the value of friendship, independence and wine lore. . . .The Viognier Vendetta proves to be a fine vintage."—Oline Cogdill, The Miami Herald

"A fascinating mystery with a great plot, vivid characters and the art of wine making. The historical information is like frosting on a cake, making this a thoroughly delicious read."—Romantic Times on Viognier Vendetta

"Crosby's deft hand at plotmaking, memorable characters and seamless prose are again in evidence . . . a book to savor—and suitable for gulping."—Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Viognier Vendetta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439182925
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Series:
Wine Country Mystery Series , #5
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
88,412
File size:
2 MB

Videos

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Ellen Crosby is a writer with flair, and her compelling plot, likeable heroine, wealth of wine lore and sure sense of Virginia’s horse country combine in a crisp read that goes down smoothly with a pleasant finish.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Ellen Crosby's fourth Virginia wine country mystery, The Riesling Retribution, really hits the spot. A body unearthed by a tornado, a suspicious vineyard manager, love triangles, theft and wine. It's a perfect combination.” – The Post and Courier (Charleston)

“A sophisticated story with a flawed but highly determined protagonist who intrigues. The descriptions of Virginia wine country and the many facets of winemaking will hook readers. Likewise, the history element nicely complements the mystery, and the romance is equally well done.”—Romantic Times

“The mystery element in this entertaining, fast-paced series is enhanced by both the fascinating winemaking details and the Civil War background.”—Booklist

“Crosby’s pleasing fourth will delight current fans and surely add new ones.”—Kirkus

"The only difficulty that readers will have with The Viognier Vendetta is taking time from the brisk plot to open a bottle of wine. The book works well as an amateur-sleuth novel but also explores the value of friendship, independence and wine lore. . . .The Viognier Vendetta proves to be a fine vintage."—Oline Cogdill, The Miami Herald

"A fascinating mystery with a great plot, vivid characters and the art of wine making. The historical information is like frosting on a cake, making this a thoroughly delicious read."—Romantic Times on Viognier Vendetta

"Crosby's deft hand at plotmaking, memorable characters and seamless prose are again in evidence . . . a book to savor—and suitable for gulping."—Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Viognier Vendetta

Meet the Author

Ellen Crosby is the author of Multiple Exposure, the first book in a series featuring photojournalist Sophie Medina. She has also written six books in the Virginia wine country mystery series. A former freelance reporter for The Washington Post, Moscow correspondent for ABC Radio News, and an economist at the US Senate, Crosby lives in Virginia with her family. Learn more about her at EllenCrosby.com.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Vintage Vendetta 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
tulipFL More than 1 year ago
Stop! Do not buy this book if you have already purchased or read The Viognier Vendetta - they are the same book (stated in very fine print on the cover of The Vintage Vendetta is "Previously printed as The Viognier Vendetta"). The publisher or B&N has even gone so far as to state this is Wine Country Mystery Series #6 - Series 5 and 6 are the same novel! If you haven't read The Viognier Vendetta then have at it -its a fun read with good suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Wine Country mystery series with all the wine-making details. This was set in Washington, DC with interesting insider knowledge of Washington places, but is lighter than Ms. Crosby's other books on wine-making lore. However, by now, I'm fond of her characters and enjoy them. Looking forward to Sauvignon Secret and more books from this author!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twelve years have passed since vintner Lucie Montgomery heard from her former best friend at college Rebecca Natale. So she is understandably shocked when Rachel calls her and asks to meet her in Washington DC. She will put her up at a nice hotel that she can afford since she is the protegee of billionaire investor Sir Thomas Asher. Lucie arrives at the hotel, but is told to meet Rebecca at the Lincoln memorial. The Virginia vintner knows Rebecca wants something from her, but cannot fathom what that could be. Rebecca stuns Lucie further when all she asks is for her friend to come to the showing of Asher donating his document collection to the Library of Congress. Lucie agrees to attend and Rebecca buys postcards before saying bye. Soon after their meeting, Rebecca vanishes with a valuables antique stolen during the ransacking of the White House in the War of 1812. Meanwhile whistle blower Ian Phillips, who insisted Asher's investments are a Ponzi scheme fraud, is found dead. Lucie believes Rebecca's disappearance is tied to the murder. Assuming that Rebecca is dead too, Lucie tries to decipher the messages her friend sent to her. Readers will toast Ellen Crosby with her delightfully tasty wine country mystery (see The Riesling Retribution) that combines headlines with the DC historical. In spite of knowing that Phillips and probably Natale were murdered, intrepid Lucie investigates seeking to uncover clues her best friend at school left buried for her. The Vintage Vendetta is the valiant vintner at her best. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow getting into then stayed with it with interest. Would reccommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago