Perilous Pilgrimage

Raff Rafferty Mysteries Series, Book 7

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
294 Pages
Reviewed on 10/04/2015
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Perilous Pilgrimage: Raff Rafferty Mysteries Series, Book 7 is a mystery/thriller written by Robert Joseph. Father Gabriel Rafferty and his daughter, Fatima, are in Spain on their own pilgrimage or Camino to the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. Fati had decided to make the pilgrimage to embrace her spiritual side and contemplate her life's journey after her failed marriage to Arch. Raff both needed a break after the events that unfolded after he was posted to a girls' school in India and wanted to be a support for his daughter. As they were applying for the documents which would identify them as pilgrims and entitle them to stay in hostels along the way, they met with the first of their fellow pilgrims, an Australian woman named Colleen. When they finally set out on their pilgrimage, they were part of a fairly robust contingent which included a beauty queen, a princess, and her millionaire nephew, but their ranks soon began to dwindle after a series of unfortunate and decidedly odd deaths.

Robert Joseph’s mystery/thriller, Perilous Pilgrimage: Raff Rafferty Mysteries Series, Book 7, takes the reader on a sacred pilgrimage in Northern Spain along with the former police detective turned priest and his daughter. Joseph keeps the tension high throughout the story as Raff and Fati’s fellow pilgrims keep dying, but I most enjoyed following the two ex-police detectives as they enjoyed the challenges of the Camino itself. There was much of the excitement and promise one finds in memoirs of hikes along the Appalachian and the Pacific Crest Trails, as well as those detailing the actual Camino pilgrimage. I especially appreciated Raff and Fati’s early training hikes in the Himalayas and discussions of what to bring on the trail. Joseph also includes marvelous descriptions of the churches and holy sites to be found along the Camino, and the combination of mystery and adventure makes this quite an exciting and entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Perilous Pilgrimage: Raff Rafferty Mysteries Series, Book 7; it’s most highly recommended.

Michelle Stanley

Perilous Pilgrimage is Book 7 from the Raff Rafferty Mysteries by Robert Joseph. Father Raff Rafferty and his daughter Fatima join a group of pilgrims with contrasting personalities to walk the holy Santiago de Compostela Way in Spain. Raff tries to keep peace in the group since Colonel Lyonell enjoys bullying everyone. A doctor accompanying another group suddenly dies while dining with Raff and their guide comes under suspicion. As the pilgrims continue their holy journey, Bram, another member of the doctor’s group falls to his death. Bram’s fiancée, Didi, intends to continue the pilgrimage in his honour, but is unaware that someone watches her very closely on the journey. Raff, a former detective, suspects foul play but lacks evidence to prove the deaths were intentional.

Robert Joseph takes readers on a spiritual journey in Perilous Pilgrimage, Book 7 in the Raff Rafferty Mysteries. I also felt like a pilgrim on the Santiago de Compostela Way since the author gave a very detailed and informative tour through his well-penned writing. His characters entertained me with their constant bantering and actions. Father Raff still cannot let go of his police training, becoming suspicious and alert when he senses evil at work. This is hard to resist because he is now a priest. I assume that is the reason for so much suspense in the story since the priest mainly observes subtle hints and activities while justice was served with a very clever twist ending that I did not expect but thought appropriate.

Viga Boland

Perilous Pilgrimage's story line is very clear and well thought out and is, essentially, realistic. The question is, how believable is it? What you have in this book is a diverse bunch of people, ranging in occupation from an ex-detective priest to a murderous beauty queen, thrown together on a holy pilgrimage on the Camino in Spain. They are accompanied by the priest's daughter (he was once married, remember), a hostile ex-soldier, a tough Aussie vegetarian, a couple hell-bent on becoming pregnant, and a sexy male guide with prosthetic legs, just to name a few. Now, insert into the perilous plot the beauty queen's intention to inherit a fortune by bumping off one by one, everyone who stands in her way, including her fiancé, who it turns out isn't who everyone believed he was, and you indeed have a "Perilous Pilgrimage" which is anything but a holy journey to a higher spiritual level.

To tell you too much about how this beauty queen achieves her goals, and brings about her own misfortune in the process, would be to ruin your own perilous pilgrimage through this light page-turner by Robert Joseph. Suffice to say, the opening chapters grab us and then it's simply a fun read. If not entirely gripping or believable, it's enjoyable watching how well Robert Joseph works out all the twists and turns that leave bodies dead all over the place! Along the way, the reader learns plenty about the little places with unusual names like "The Bridge of Rabies," the refuges where you cook your dinners after trekking for many hours over many miles along the Camino trail, and you get a sense of the excitement of the "running of the bulls" at Pamplona. There's little doubt in my mind that Robert Joseph has experienced all this first hand.

Perilous Pilgrimage by Robert Joseph is #7 in a series of books about the detective/priest Raff Rafferty. It's the kind of book you take on vacation when you don't want your brain taxed by convoluted intrigue and politics, but still want to enjoy a light thriller with a Hollywood feel. Have fun wondering who's going to bite the bullet next on this rather gory Camino trail.