I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Multiple Exposure by Ellen Crosby
Series: Sophie Medina #1
Published by Scribner on August 6, 2013
From the author of the “lively and spirited” (The Providence Journal) wine country mysteries, comes the first in a new series featuring a savvy female photographer whose husband’s abduction embroils her in the world of international espionage and lost Romanov art treasures.
When photojournalist Sophie Medina returns to London from an overseas assignment, she discovers that her husband Nick, a geologist and covert CIA operative, has been abducted. Three months later she is shocked when a friend in the British government says Nick was spotted in Moscow and is now not only a suspect in his boss’s murder, but also potentially involved in illicit Russian oil deals. With her every move now closely watched Sophie moves to Washington, D.C. to be with family and friends.
I have always had an interest in the Romanovs, with the background of a revolution equipped with royalty, illness, betrayal and murder topped with a bit of mystery, it catches one’s eye. Thus, when I saw the mention of the Romanovs (mainly of the Tsaritsa’s Faberge egg collection) in Multiple Exposure I was intrigued all the more. While in the big scheme of things it played little consequence but it was what first grasped my attention.
Sophie was not as mystic as Anastasia but rather a multi-layered cake, with every bit of frosting as sweet as the last. From the beginning, the reader is aware that Sophie Medina is one smart cookie, not buying for a minute that her husband was dead and going with her gut and following through when most would turn back. This is mainly shown through her wanting of justice for her deceased co-worker and insistence that those at the Faberge exhibit were not what met the eye.
There were moments of predictability, particularly at the beginning. Although, the further I went into Multiple Exposure the more developed both the plot and characters became. It was almost as if a car had gotten its oil change and was ready to hit the road again. Despite the beginning’s predictability, the conclusion came out of nowhere leaving me awed as if I were at a firework’s display.
Sophie Medina is a force to be reckoned with and I think Ellen Crosby’s novel is the start of a wonderful series.