Sunday, January 14, 2024

On My Radar: Ellen Crosby's Dodge and Burn!


I've been a fan of Ellen Crosby's books since I stumbled across her first Sophie Medina mystery, Multiple Exposure. I've also read several of her mysteries set in the Virginian wine country, such as The French Paradox. When I think of Crosby's writing, two adjectives spring to mind: intelligent and engaging. Her characters make me care about them, and I always enjoy myself learning new things. Combine those things with strong plots, and I just can't go wrong in picking up one of her books to read. 

So is it any wonder that I did a little happy dance when I learned that there was a new Sophie Medina mystery on the horizon? Of course not! Let me tell you more about it.

Available May 7, 2024!


"Washington, DC-based photojournalist Sophie Medina is not a murderer - but someone is determined to make sure she goes down for a crime she did not commit . . .

When billionaire philanthropist and art collector Robson Blake hires Sophie Medina to take photographs for him, she doesn't expect to show up and find her client dead. It seems he was the victim of a burglary gone wrong. But why was his state-of-the-art security system turned off . . . and why, in a house of full priceless Old Masters, is the only thing missing a beautiful but insignificant Ukrainian religious icon?

Before long, Sophie finds herself in the crosshairs of a D.C. homicide detective who suspects she knows more than she is saying about Blake's murder - and he's not wrong. To Sophie's mixed delight and horror, she's recently learned she has a half-brother . . . who might also be an international art thief, with eyes on Blake's collection.

As the police get closer to finding Blake's killer, Sophie is certain someone is trying to frame her for his murder. Can she find the real killer in time - even if it means turning in her own brother to prove her innocence?

I have to admit that I have a weakness for plots involving art and art theft. I must have a cat burglar in my family tree somewhere. Whether I do or not, I'm certainly looking forward to reading Dodge and Burn-- and if you're not already a fellow fan of Ellen Crosby's, I highly recommend her books to you.


  1. This does sound intriguing, Cathy. And you highlighted something I always enjoy when I read: the opportunity to learn something new. It's not easy to weave that in with keep the reader's attention on the story, but when it works, it's great.

  2. I enjoy plots involving art and art theft, too! :D

  3. Thanks for the heads up on this author. New to me.

    1. I really like her writing, Mystica. I hope you'll be able to read one of her books.


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