Blow Up
by Ellen Crosby

Photojournalist Sophie Medina must figure out how the death of a Supreme Court justice and the murder of a homeless man are related before she becomes an assailant’s next target.

International photojournalist Sophie Medina and her old school friend Father Jack O’Hara are out for a run on Capitol Hill when they find the body of Associate Supreme Court Justice Everett Townsend lying in an alley, barely alive. Townsend, a diabetic, later dies in the ER from complications due to hypoglycemia.

His tragic death has unexpected repercussions for Sophie when Javi, a young homeless man of Sophie’s acquaintance, is murdered. Before he died, Javi told her a shocking story about Townsend that could have a devastating impact on the nation’s highest court – and on the American justice system – if word got out.

Unable to persuade anyone that what she learned is true and on the run from whoever is protecting Townsend’s dark secret, Sophie searches a collection of her photographs of Washington D.C.’s homeless community, looking for evidence before everything blows up in her face . . .

The third Sophie Medina mystery, following Ghost Image and Multiple Exposure, is a great choice for readers who enjoy fearless female sleuths, well-plotted puzzles and gripping political intrigue.


“Recommended for fans of Crosby and of novelists who specialize in intricate plots and amateur detectives”

Library Journal

“Boldly drawn characters shoulder mysteries set among elite Washington power brokers”

Kirkus Reviews

“Sophie is a principled, smart, well-drawn character in a fast-paced story with multiple plot lines, framed by details of homelessness, DC politics, and photography”


“Compulsively readable”

Publishers Weekly on Bitter Roots

“Character-driven . . . A good mystery”

Kirkus Reviews on Bitter Roots

“A treat”

Booklist on Bitter Roots

“Sophie is a tough, relatable heroine, and with her unconventional job—not to mention her ex-spy husband—this makes for a breezy read with just the right amount of thrills”

Library Journal on Ghost Image

“Intriguing . . . Compelling”

Publishers Weekly on Ghost Image

“A quick-moving mystery with a wealth of fascinating material”

Kirkus Reviews on Ghost Image

Ghost Image has all my favorite elements--a strong and talented heroine in Sophie Medina, well-drawn and believable characters, fascinating science and history, a wonderful sense of place, and a thrilling race to find a killer and save a world-changing secret. A great read!”

New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie on Ghost Image

Ellen Crosby

Ellen Crosby is a former reporter for the Washington Post, foreign correspondent for ABC News Radio and economist at the U.S. Senate. She has spent many years overseas in Europe, but now lives in Virginia with her husband. She is the author of the Wine Country mysteries and the Sophie Medina mysteries.

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Blow Up by Ellen Crosby is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483080332nd May 2023132 X 198mm256$29.99
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