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Ellen Crosby pours up another corking mystery with The Angels’ Share, an intriguing blend of secret societies, Prohibition bootleg wine, and potentially scandalous documents hidden by the Founding Fathers, all of which yield a vintage murder.

When Lucie Montgomery attends a Thanksgiving weekend party for friends and neighbors at Hawthorne Castle, an honest-to-goodness castle owned by the Avery family, the last great newspaper dynasty in America and owner 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 300-year-old secret before a determined killer finds her?

©2019 Ellen Crosby (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Really interesting story

So, this was a pretty good story and I liked it enough to not regret purchasing it, but it does have some issues.

Now, I'm from the South, so I know what people from Virginia sound like. I don't think the narrator of this book has ever met an actual Southerner. The whole Foghorn Leghorn accent is very insulting, honestly, and it took me right out of the story at a few points.

The writer also seemed to sort of hammer on the fact that the characters are very, very wealthy and well educated. Even the characters who were delivered as "low class" are just coincidentally experts on things that have nothing to do with their professions or hobbies.

Overall, the story takes some turns where you think things won't be resolved before bringing you back full circle. I'm not recommending this book to anyone who understands Southerners.

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one of the best mysteries, I have ever listened to

I love the whole series, very interesting, mysteries, plus historical Vingina and DC. The characters are deep and real! I hope ,I can find more books like this one...