Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: The Vineyard Victims by: Ellen Crosby

Title: The Vineyard Victims
Author: Ellen Crosby
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Wine Country Mysteries #8
Pages: 335
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


The death of a former presidential candidate in a fiery car crash at her Virginia vineyard has ties to a thirty year-old murder, as well as to Lucie Montgomery’s own near fatal accident ten years ago, as she searches for a killer who now may be stalking her.

When Jamison Vaughn―billionaire real estate mogul, Virginia vineyard owner, and unsuccessful U.S. presidential candidate―drives his gold SUV into a stone pillar at the entrance to Montgomery Estate Vineyard, Lucie Montgomery is certain the crash was deliberate. But everyone else in Atoka, Virginia is equally sure that Jamie must have lost control of his car on a rain-slicked country road. In spite of being saddled with massive campaign debts from the recent election, Jamie is seemingly the man with the perfect life. What possible reason could he have for committing suicide . . . or was it murder?

Before long Lucie uncovers a connection between Jamie and some of his old friends―an elite group of academics―and the brutal murder thirty years ago of a brilliant PhD student. Although a handyman is on death row for the crime, Lucie soon suspects someone else is guilty. But the investigation into the two deaths throws Lucie a curve ball when someone from her own past becomes involved, forcing her to confront old demons. Now the race to solve the mystery behind the two deaths becomes intensely personal as Lucie realizes someone wants her silenced . . . for good.

My Thoughts:

In this book early on Lucie Montgomery witness an accident of a unsuccessful United States President Jamie Vaughn who crashes into the same wall Lucie crashed into with her ex-boyfriend Greg Knight.  Jamie pleads to Lucie to tell someone he's sorry and Lucie feels compelled to follow this through no matter where it leads.  Did Jamie commit suicide or did someone hush him up for good?

This book leads Lucie back 30+ years to investigate an old college crime that involved everyone around Jamie.  Who killed someone 30 years ago and is the proper person in jail or was it frame job?  With so much on the line obviously someone is determined to keep the past buried but at what cost?

I enjoyed this journey it's always nice to see what everyone is up to and who winds up dead this time! We also get the pleasure of reading as Lucie digs deep to find out what happened to whose responsible and to come to terms with her own demons.  Definitely a pleasure to read!
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