Book launch with Ellen Crosby for THE FRENCH PARADOX

Ellen Crosby will join us on March 16th to celebrate the release of her new novel, THE FRENCH PARADOX! She will be joined in conversation by Colleen Shogan, author and Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association.

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 90th 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?

Ellen Crosby is a former reporter for the Washington Post and foreign correspondent for ABC News Radio. She has spent many years overseas in Europe, but now lives in Virginia with her husband and three sons. She is the author of ten previous Wine Country mysteries.

Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She conceived of the plot of her first novel one morning while taking a walk in her suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at numerous universities. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Currently, she's the Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association. Colleen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.

Harvest of Secrets: A Wine Country Mystery (Wine Country Mysteries #9) By Ellen Crosby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250164834
Published: Minotaur Books - November 6th, 2018

Homicide in the House By Colleen J. Shogan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603813334
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Published: Camel Press - June 15th, 2016

Larceny at the Library (Washington Whodunit #6) By Colleen Shogan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603818353
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Published: Camel Press - July 14th, 2020

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Arlington, VA 22213