Vineyard Vengeance


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
285 Pages
Reviewed on 12/14/2020
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Vineyard Vengeance: Raff Rafferty Mystery Series Book 8 is a sleuth mystery novel written by Robert Joseph. When Pat Vega received an anonymous letter threatening to destroy Vega Vineyards, which had been in his family for hundreds of years, if he didn’t pay them one million dollars, he reached out to Raff, who was not only his parish priest, but had also been in law enforcement in the past. Vega was reluctant to bring the matter up with Sheriff Bob Ralston as he feared any official involvement could jeopardize his already shaky finances. Vega Vineyards was in debt, and this upcoming harvest was crucial for its survival. Pat knew he could rely upon Raff to honor his need for confidentiality, and he was hoping Raff’s law enforcement background would enable him to get to the bottom of the extortion attempt.

Robert Joseph’s sleuth mystery novel, Vineyard Vengeance, is a fast-paced and enthralling novel. While this is the eighth book in the Raff Rafferty Mystery Series, Joseph provides enough background information for this to be read as a standalone. I especially enjoyed the Napa County setting and learning more about the wine industry. Raff’s tour of Vega Vineyards really gave me a feel for life at a working winery. Joseph’s characters are well defined and credible, and the relationship between Raff and his daughter, Fati, is a joy to witness. The plot fairly bristles with red herrings which should provide armchair sleuths with some challenges as they read. I’m a big fan of this series, and found this newest offering to be as enjoyable and well written as its predecessors. Vineyard Vengeance: Raff Rafferty Mystery Series Book 8 is most highly recommended.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Vineyard Vengeance (Raff Rafferty Series) by Robert Joseph is an intriguing murder mystery. Pat Vega is a vintner whose vineyard is under threat. He’s being blackmailed and now people close to him are dying. The police say the deaths were accidental but Pat doesn’t believe it. He turns to Raff Rafferty, an ex-policeman who is now a Catholic priest, for help because he believes a murderer is on the loose and none of those deaths was an accident. California’s wine county is in trouble; can Pat and Raff find the killer in time or is Pat about to lose everything he holds dear, including his life?

Vineyard Vengeance (Raff Rafferty Series) by Robert Joseph is a tightly written murder mystery that errs on the side of being a thriller. Action-packed from the first page, the story takes us on a rollercoaster ride through a series of twists and turns that keep you guessing right to the end. The characters are great, developed well and likable; you will find yourself rooting for Pat and Raff all the way through. This is an edge of the seat story that you can’t put down. I read it from start to finish in just a couple of days. The plot is tight, it flows naturally and leads to a surprising ending – one you won’t see coming. I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery and am looking forward to more in the Raff Rafferty series. Highly recommended for fans of murder mysteries and thrillers; you won't be disappointed with Vineyard Vengeance.

Lisa McCombs

In his lifetime, Raff Rafferty has worn multiple hats, but for him, his current position is the most important. Upon becoming a priest, he inherited a responsibility to his community’s spiritual welfare. As a former policeman, his heart retained the importance of physical safety as well. So when the urgent morning call comes from prestigious winery owner Patricio 'Pat' Vega, Raff could not ignore the request. Little did he know the bleak consequences of his involvement in the Vega family issues. In charge of the family business, Patricio is struggling to maintain the integrity of the winery, both financially and morally. With Marcos, his brother, in charge of hiring the questionable, often undesirable, field hands, there is always an assortment of misfits on the property. So, when a killing spree begins to unfold, the culprit is difficult to identify. Is the killer family, an employee, a disgruntled customer, or a competitive vintner? Father Rafferty seems to be the key to finding the answers.

Vineyard Vengeance: A Raff Rafferty Crime Novel by Robert Joseph is absolutely full of murder. Just when the reader thinks maybe the action will settle down long enough for a healthy breath, another body pops up. Raff Rafferty is a fascinating mix of cleric, father to a beautiful young girl, and investigator. Robert Joseph’s choice of story setting is quaint in a Jessica Fletcher style. Readers of murder mystery tales will enjoy the author’s writing style while finding a new home in the familiarity of Father Raff Rafferty’s investigative hobby. I thoroughly enjoyed the story line.