From the author of Multiple Exposure, the second “intriguing…compelling” (Publishers Weekly) novel in the thrilling Sophie Medina mystery series that features a photojournalist as she races to find an international treasure before a murderer finds her.
When freelance photojournalist Sophie Medina finds Brother Kevin Boyle, a Franciscan friar and controversial environmentalist, dead in the magnificent gardens of a Washington, DC monastery, she is sure her friend was murdered. Shortly before he died, Kevin told Sophie he was being stalked, possibly because he uncovered a botanic discovery potentially worth millions of dollars. Left with few clues to his secret, Sophie is determined to figure out who killed Kevin.
Beginning with a key that leads to a priceless original seventeenth-century encyclopedia of plants, Sophie leaps into an international treasure hunt following a trail that begins in the US Capitol and eventually leads to London and the English countryside. Before long Sophie suspects Kevin’s murderer may have been someone who knew him well. With time running out and a suspect list that includes the world’s leading botanical experts and political royalty from both sides of the Atlantic, can Sophie solve the two-hundred-year-old mystery before Kevin’s killer finds her?
A tale of greed and betrayal involving politicians, diplomats, European royalty, and a century-old monastery, Ghost Image is filled with political intrigue, history, and an international high-stakes race against a killer that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Early in Crosby's intriguing second Sophie Medina mystery (after 2013's Multiple Exposure), the Washington, D.C., photojournalist learns from her friend Brother Kevin Boyle, a Franciscan friar and environmental scientist, that he's on to something big related to a conference he recently attended at London's Kew Gardens. When Sophie finds Kevin lying dead in the grotto of his monastery garden, she suspects foul play. A rare book sets Sophie on the trail of a killer that will lead her to London and back again and a lost treasure that may have important implications in current medicine. Big names such as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Lewis and Clark are thrown around in the course of Sophie's investigation, but readers looking for a fast pace should look elsewhere. The danger to Sophie never really inspires terror, but her voice is compelling enough to carry the story, even though readers will likely figure out whodunit early in the game.