Like a fine wine, Crosby's debut is complex and intricate. Lucie Montgomery, an American ex-pat who's been holed up in France for two years, returns to her family's vineyard in the Virginia countryside after the death of her father in a supposed hunting accident. Once home, Lucie discovers that the vineyard is collapsing under huge debt; her brother, Eli, has turned into a materialistic jerk; her little sister has taken up with Lucie's ex; and her godfather, Fitz, has become a lush. When, on the heels of papa Montgomery's funeral, Fitz is found dead, Lucie's suspicions are stoked. These deaths were no accident, and suspects abound. Crosby, a freelance reporter for the Washington Post, has seamlessly woven in details about wine making and interesting historical tidbits about Thomas Jefferson's (unsuccessful) efforts to establish a wine industry in early Virginia. This is a terrific kickoff to what promises to be a highly satisfying new series. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
When her father dies under suspicious circumstances, Lucie Montgomery returns from France to Virginia, where she discovers that her greedy brother wants to sell the family vineyard and that her younger sister is sleeping with the man responsible for the car crash that left Lucie permanently disfigured and disabled. Journalist Crosby (Moscow Nights) has done her research on the wine industry in Virginia, making this fast-paced mystery a treat for those who like unusual settings. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A neglected winery, a valuable necklace and a shooting accident are tied together by greed and past indiscretions. Lucie Montgomery spent two years in France after a car accident left her with a maimed foot. After her brother Eli calls to tell her that their father has been killed in a hunting accident, she returns to their winery in Virginia, which her father neglected in order to invest in shady schemes that took all the family money. Lucie's greedy brother is eager to sell. So is her sister Mia, who's having an affair with Lucie's former lover Greg, the man responsible for her accident. Fitz, Lucie's godfather, warns her that her father was murdered by someone who is willing to go to great lengths to acquire the family estate. Fitz gives Lucie a key to a box that may hold a fabulous diamond necklace. When Fitz is found dead of carbon-dioxide poisoning, Lucie, certain he's been murdered, considers suspects among her family, her old friends and employees like the new vintner with a dubious past. While working to learn the truth and get the harvest in, Lucie barely escapes a series of deadly accidents before unmasking the killer. A fast-paced, intriguing debut that holds interest from cover to cover.
"Like a fine wine, full-bodied, complex and satisfying." -- Sun-Sentinel (South Florida)
"A neat whodunit." -- The New York Times
"A terrific kickoff to what promises to be a highly satisfying new series." -- Publishers Weekly