The French Paradox

The French Paradox

by Ellen Crosby

Narrated by Christine Marshall

Unabridged — 8 hours, 3 minutes

Ellen Crosby
The French Paradox

The French Paradox

by Ellen Crosby

Narrated by Christine Marshall

Unabridged — 8 hours, 3 minutes

Ellen Crosby

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Overview

Lucie Montgomery's discovery of her grandfather's Parisian romance unlocks a series of shocking secrets in the gripping new Wine Country mystery.

In 1949, during her junior year abroad in Paris, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis bought several inexpensive paintings of Marie-Antoinette by a little-known 18th century female artist. She also had a romantic relationship with Virginia vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery's French grandfather-until recently, a well-kept secret.

Seventy years later, Cricket Delacroix, Lucie's neighbor and Jackie's schoolfriend, is donating the now priceless paintings to a Washington, DC museum. And Lucie's grandfather is flying to Virginia for Cricket's ninetieth birthday party, hosted by her daughter Harriet. A washed-up journalist, Harriet is rewriting a manuscript Jackie left behind about Marie-Antoinette and her portraitist. She's also adding tell-all details about Jackie, sure to make the book a bestseller.

Then, on the eve of the party, a world-famous landscape designer who also knew Jackie is found dead in Lucie's vineyard. Did someone make good on the death threats he'd received because of his controversial book on climate change? Or was his murder tied to Jackie, the paintings, and Lucie's beloved grandfather?



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

02/22/2021

In Crosby’s intriguing 10th Wine Country mystery (after 2019’s The Angels’ Share), vintner Lucie Montgomery is dismayed to discover the body of landscape designer Parker Lord, her good friend and adviser, in the vineyard of her family’s Virginia winery. Parker had received death threats after publishing a highly controversial book about climate change. Lucie does what she can to assist the local authorities, identifying several suspects among the close-knit community. Meanwhile, Lucie’s 93-year-old French grandfather is due to arrive from Paris, his visit coinciding with the 90th birthday of Cricket Delacroix, an intimate friend of Jackie Onassis, who bequeathed to Cricket a number of paintings by 18th-century French painter Vigée le Brun. As Lucie and her fiancé, winemaker Quinn Santori, search for the killer, they uncover a possible link between Parker’s murder and Jackie, the paintings, and her grandfather, who had a fling with Jackie in 1949 during the future First Lady’s junior year abroad. Well-researched historical details bolster the complex plot. This tale of ambition, artistic integrity, privacy, and wine should win Crosby new fans. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Apr.)

Booklist on The Angels' Share

Entwined with fascinating facts about wine and winemaking, this satisfying addition to the series will please oenophiles

Booklist

'Richly framed with details ... this entry in the long-running cozy series, with its sympathetic main character, will please fans'

Booklist

'Richly framed with details ... this entry in the long-running cozy series, with its sympathetic main character, will please fans'

Entwined with fascinating facts about wine and winemaking, this satisfying addition to the series will please oenophiles

Kirkus Reviews

2021-01-13
Imagined revelations about Jacqueline Kennedy’s early life provide a brilliant background for a tale of treachery and deceit.

What could be more shocking than vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery’s discovery of her grandmother’s diaries describing her grandfather Luc’s 1949 Parisian affair with Jackie Bouvier? Only the realization that they may provide a motive for murder. Garden designer Parker Lord, an old family friend who’s been getting nasty feedback on his recently published apocalyptic view of climate change, has found time to cross popular gardening center owner Gabriel Seely by accusing him of fudging a postdoc research paper. Parker offers to look at some of Lucie’s sickly grapevines, but the visit backfires, and she finds him dead among the vines. Meantime, Lucie’s grandfather arrives from France for the 90th birthday party of Jackie’s school friend Cricket Delacroix, whose daughter, Harry, has a contract to complete a book based on papers Jackie left Cricket that detail the lives of underrated women artists. Harry plans to use entries from Jackie’s diary mentioning her romance with Luc to juice her book sales. And Lucie’s wild-child sister, Mia, suddenly returned from New York with a strikingly handsome boyfriend, is hired to paint a mural for the party. Since Parker was killed near Mia’s cottage, she’s one of several people Lucie must consider a possible killer.

The lifestyles of the rich and famous dovetail neatly with art history in Crosby’s newest character-driven mystery.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940176060447
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 09/21/2021
Series: Wine Country Mystery Series , #11
Edition description: Unabridged

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