The Angels' Share: A Wine Country Mystery
Author Ellen Crosby
- Date: 12/08/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Location: Thomas Balch Library
208 W Market St
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
- Introduction: Ellen Crosby, is author of the Virginia wine country mysteries. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award and The Riesling Retribution won the 2009 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best US Wine Literature Book.
When Lucie Montgomery attends a Thanksgiving weekend party for friends and neighbors at Hawthorne Castle, owned by the Avery family, America’s last great newspaper dynasty and owners of the Washington Tribune, she doesn’t expect the festive occasion to end in death.
During the party, Prescott Avery, the 95-year old family patriarch, invites Lucie to his fabulous wine cellar where he offers to pay any price for a cache of 200-year-old Madeira that her great-great-uncle, a Prohibition bootlegger, discovered hidden in the US Capitol in the 1920s. Lucie knows nothing about the valuable wine, believing her late father, a notorious gambler and spendthrift, probably sold or drank it. By the end of the party Lucie and her fiancé, winemaker Quinn Santori, discover Prescott’s body lying in his wine cellar. Is one of the guests a murderer?
As Lucie searches for the lost Madeira, which she believes links Prescott’s death to a cryptic letter her father owned, she learns about Prescott’s affiliation with the Freemasons. More investigating hints at a mysterious vault supposedly containing documents hidden by the Founding Fathers and a possible tie to William Shakespeare. If Lucie finds the long-lost documents, the explosive revelations could change history. But will she uncover a three hundred-year-old secret before a determined killer finds her?