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The Riesling Retribution (Wine Country Mysteries #4)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  678 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Ellen Crosby returns with the fourth book in her rich mystery series set amidst the vines of Virginia wine country.When a tornado rips through Montgomery Estate Vineyard, it not only destroys some of Lucie Montgomery's newest grapevines, it also unearths an old grave. After the dead man is identified as a former business associate of Lucie's father, it seems everyone in Lu ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Scribner Book Company (first published July 4th 2009)
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Judy Iliff
Mar 11, 2011 Judy Iliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
As I've said with the previous books, I really enjoy this series. I found it interesting this time that I read this book right after I read Union Quilters. While the setting for Quilters was during the Civil War, Retribution centers around a reenactment of one of the battles of the Civil War.

Lucie Montgomery, owner of the Montgomery Estate Vineyard, barely escapes being killed by a tornado that rips through part of the vineyard. After crawling out from under a bridge, she discovers a skull that
Apr 23, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Standard mystery, in a sense, but I really enjoy these books. While I have no interest in starting a winery, there is enough information in these books about the trials, tribulations and "science" that goes into wine making, without going overboard, to interest me, along with the mystery. Enjoy the characters. They are not cookie cutter characters and complex enough to be interesting. Can't wait for the next edition. (Hope there is one - I haven't checked.)
Nov 05, 2009 Ann rated it liked it
Well, this was a pleasant little mystery - not too demanding, not too fluffy. It has some interesting characters and some that are fairly two-dimensional. I enjoyed the detail about the wine business and the bits about the historical reenactment of a Civil War battle. I thought there was a bit too much exposition of backstory. If you've already read the previous books in the series, it's unnecessary; if you haven't, it's unnecessary.
In the 4th book of the Wine Country Mysteries, Riesling takes center stage. Riesling is one of my favorite wings and perhaps that's why I nudged my rating up to 4 stars! Lucie Montgomery is the owner of the Montgomery Estate Vineyard that is located in Virginia. She has given her approval to Civil War reenactors to use an open field near the vineyard for a reenactment of the Battle of Ball's Bluff. A tornado rips through the vineyard and unearths a grave. Who killed the man in the grave? Was it ...more
Mar 26, 2010 Elisabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
This was an okay read, I haven't read this sort of mystery novel in a while, so it is a different reading experience. For me this was very anti-climatic, every time the author hinted something major was going to occur it was some little thing. Interesting wine and vineyard information, but that didn't save the story for me.
Rebecca Becker
Feb 20, 2014 Rebecca Becker rated it it was ok
This is the first book I've read from this author, and I'm not a fan. While the setting is interesting and unique, I didn't care about any of the characters. This might be my fault for not reading the first three books in the installment, but I did the same thing with the Janet Evanovich stories, fell in love with the characters, and went back to read the other books. That's what should happen when you pick up any book, but it didn't happen for me with Crosby's book. When an author verbally sets ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Lois rated it liked it
The second book I've read in the series set in the wine country of Virginia. After a tornado roars through the vineyard and a cemetery on the property, Lucie finds a partial skeleton that had been buried in an unmarked site. When the skeleton is identified as a man with whom Leland, Lucie's father had had a disagreement, Leland becomes the primary suspect. Lucie attempts to rescue her father's reputation and well as that of the vineyard. Not a bad story line but I really enjoy the back story of ...more
Jeannine Stewart
Apr 20, 2016 Jeannine Stewart rated it liked it
This is fourth in a series of cozies set in the wine country of Virginia. I enjoy the characters and the setting but, in this one, the main character and owner of the family business and winery seems a bit non-responsive to the multiple acts of sabatoge occurring around the winery. In addition, a tornado hits the area and unearths a 30-year old grave on the property that leads to accusations of murder by her deceased father. While the plot is interesting, the ending was unresolved and felt unfin ...more
Oct 17, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Strange occurrences are afoot at the Montgomery Estate Winery, leaving everyone scratching their heads about why equipment keeps breaking, harvest isn't being executed properly, grapes are not fermenting, and credit card numbers of patrons and employees alike are being stolen. Could it be that the winery's new employees - Chance and Tyler are to blame? Then, when a tornado uncovers bones from a 30-year-old grave, signs point toward a member of Lucie Montgomery's family - here deceased father. Lu ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
#4 in the Wine Country mystery series. This is an enjoyable continuation of the Lucie Montgomery saga in Virginia horse and wine country. The problem is that the central plot device tying a new found skull to Lucie's disreputable, deceased father is too thin. Lucie worries that everyone will assume her father killed the victim - so of course everyone, including the sheriff's office, assumes just that and with only flimsy circumstantial evidence close the books on the case finding her father guil ...more
Aug 29, 2009 Ali rated it liked it
As always, the mystery plots were intriguing and difficult to unravel though at least one culprit was obvious from their first appearance and Crosby did nothing to hide their sliminess from the reader or most of the other characters so the ultimate reveal lacked power and excitement without diminishing enjoyment or tainting the other unanswered questions. The ongoing secondary plots and relationships continued to develop in a pleasing and interesting way but Lucie’s gullibility; an unquestioned ...more
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A bit of a backslide from the other books in the series. Overall it came off as surprisingly sloppy, with various elements not quite tying together and no satisfying resolution at the end, and relationships taking abrupt jumps without it feeling entirely natural. As well, I'm not a big fan of the approach to historical elements in the series in general, so having a large part of this book devoted to civil war reenactments was never going to work for me.
Selket Nicole
Dec 19, 2009 Selket Nicole rated it did not like it
None of these Wine Country Mystery books are particularly well-written or well-edited, but until now, I've kept reading them because, for me, their entertainment value outweighed those problems. But I won't be reading any more. My love of visiting Virginia wineries isn't enough to overcome the mistakes. For example, on page 6: "I retrieved my phone. Still no service." and then again on page 13: "He drove me by the broken-down Gator so I could retrieve my phone, which still showed no service." Or ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
I'm nearly certain I read this the first time a few years ago, but the book held up to a reread. Crosby's mystery unfolds in a very different fashion than the British whodunits I've been reading lately, but the combination of richly drawn characters, skillful plotting and detailed account of Civil War re-enactments and the world of wine-making really set Crosby's book apart from a lot of other mysteries. I enjoyed rediscovering her.
Susan Scamara
May 11, 2014 Susan Scamara rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed this series, though it's not as well-written as Nadia Gordon's Napa Valley mysteries. This time, I couldn't believe Lucie's motivation, especially her willingness to believe the new guy's lies about Quinn. It was obvious to me he was the one stealing credit cards & causing their problems with the wine.
Great characters and lots of wine information. Lucy is a great protagonist - her character is developing into a strong business woman with a penchant for solving the mystery. The story is set in the Virginia wine country and includes interesting history.
Jan 16, 2014 Lara rated it liked it
Didn't think the plot was as good as the others, and Lucie was more petulant then usual so I didn't like her as much. But I love the characters and the setting. Most of the book was excellent…I just have problems with Lucie in this one :-) It didn't seem like the same character. But I still couldn't put it down until it was finished!
Aug 25, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I think this is the best one so far in the series. It focusses more on the mystery and less on Lucie's woes.
Lesley Looper
Pretty interesting storyline, enjoyed the bit of Civil War history. Characters were a little hard to keep track of at times, but maybe that was just me. A nice, easy, quick read during busy times.
Mar 15, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: pleasure
This was a quick and easy read. Cute storyline - tornado uncovers a skeleton at a winery and leads to an investigation which reveals skeletons in the closet of the lead character's family, though she was already aware that the family was not without fault. Not entirely predictable- I did wonder which man she would end up siding with until it was revealed, though at the same time felt that this piece was more contrived than the rest of the storyline. I also wrestled with who the sabotuoer was unt ...more
Chelsey K.
Feb 08, 2016 Chelsey K. is currently reading it
I picked this up at the Dollar Store, so I thought I'd give it a whirl... to be continued
Dec 03, 2014 Lori rated it liked it
not quite as good as the other 3, but still the history is interesting
Jun 09, 2015 Jmcrossfl rated it really liked it
A great read which makes me want to read more by this author!
James Abutin
Jul 12, 2015 James Abutin rated it really liked it
hmmm.. somehow predictable. but, it's okay haha
May 08, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ellen Crosby sure can create a world I can get lost in - the vineyard, the house on the vineyard, the adjoining wine tasting rooms and restaurant - scenic and pure escape. I started out thinking this book would be my fave in the series - an old skeleton found on the outskirts of the vineyard, and a Civil War re-enactment on her property (Lucie's property, the main character and determined vineyard owner.) But, the mystery petered out and the end, well, abrupt. All a reader can do is enjoy the ri ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
Another great Wine Country Mystery!
Sep 01, 2015 Rhonda rated it liked it
Lots of great wine lore and science (which I enjoy) and a mystery worth reading, with good scene- setting.
Feb 09, 2015 Charlene rated it liked it
Great book. Lots of historic info, if you are interested in that kind of thing. (I'm not). I did enjoy the information on winemaking though. Loved the narrator of this audio book.
Nick Duretta
Apr 07, 2013 Nick Duretta rated it really liked it
Crosby fashions a nifty mystery with realistic, complex characters and situations, all against the backdrop of Virginia wine country. Her protagonist Lucie is all too human and vulnerable, trying to keep her winery (and personal sanity and integrity) together against an onslaught of trying circumstances. This novel, and others in this series, are not your typical find-the-killer mysteries in which the actual murder is peripheral to everything going on around it. Crosby connects everything master ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Meghan rated it liked it
The best so far in this series--or at least the one I've enjoyed the most. Worthy of 3.5 stars.
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Ellen Crosby is the author of 2 mysteries featuring photojournalist Sophie Medina: MULTIPLE EXPOSURE and GHOST IMAGE (Scribner, April, 2015). She has also written six books in the Virginia wine country mystery series featuring winemaker Lucie Montgomery, and MOSCOW NIGHTS, a standalone mystery published in the UK. Before writing fiction, Crosby was a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, Mos ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Wine Country Mysteries (6 books)
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  • The Chardonnay Charade (Wine Country Mysteries #2)
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