Book Review: Multiple Exposure – Ellen Crosby

Multiple Exposure coverTitle: Multiple Exposure: A Sophie Medina Mystery
Author: Ellen Crosby
ISBN: 9781451659283
Pages: 320
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5


It’s been three months since Nick’s disappearance, and Sophie still doesn’t quite understand what happened to her beloved husband. A geologist involved in the oil business, he was supposedly kidnapped, but then intelligence sources come forward insinuating that Nick might be working for the Russians and have betrayed his closest associates. Shaken, Sophie decides it’s time to move back home to Washington, DC, where she starts to dig into Nick’s past to see if she can find the truth about what happened.


Multiple Exposure is one of those books that’s many different things, but instead of being overwhelming, it balances the different elements perfectly and thus is incredibly engaging. First and foremost, it’s a mystery/thriller. What really happened to Nick? If he’s still alive, why hasn’t he reached out to Sophie? Who can Sophie trust? These questions form the main premise of the novel, and Crosby does a great job keeping things interesting and making sure each answer delivers yet more questions. It’s paced well, and though this plot takes a backseat to other elements at times, it’s always present and provides tension for the overall storyline.

Though Sophie lives in London when the novel begins, the bulk of Multiple Exposure takes place in Washington, DC, and this is another aspect of the book I thoroughly enjoyed. Ellen Crosby is a local, and that shows on every page, in every detail about the city. She brings the town to life, conveying its atmosphere perfectly; it’s always fun to read books set in the place where you live, and it’s incredibly satisfying when the author gets everything exactly right. Whether you know DC well or not, this setting is vivid and will absolutely capture the reader.

Yet another facet of Multiple Exposure is its inclusion of art, and specifically, Russian art history. Two Faberge eggs take center stage in this novel, and it’s fascinating to learn about them. Crosby delves into history here, taking the reader on a fascinating ride. What’s more, with Sophie being a photographer, the reader gets to learn more about this profession. This is a very smart novel, so readers are able to learn a thing or two while simultaneously being entertained.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ellen Crosby’s Wine Country Mysteries, so I’m thrilled she’s set her sights on another series, with an equally interesting main character and premise. I’m curious to see where she takes Sophie from here, and how she balances varying elements in future novels. This is a great chance to get in on a series on the ground floor; it’s a fun, entertaining, and smart novel.

Other books by Ellen Crosby:

The Merlot Murders
The Bordeaux Betrayal
The Riesling Retribution

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  1. Beth Hoffman says:

    Terrific review, Swapna. The story line sounds fascinating and I have the feeling that I’d really like this book!

  2. Oh this sounds very good. I need to look this up. I’ve never read any of her books but both this and the Wine Country series sound my type of books.

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