Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello

FBI Agent Raleigh Harmon is back in the Pacific Northwest. She is on an Alaskan cruise, hoping to gain perspective on her life. She is engaged but also unsure that is the future she desires. Her ticket was a gift of her quirky Aunt Charlotte who believes rocks can cure spiritual wounds. Along with her aunt is her mother, still slipping on the slope of dementia, and Charlotte's strange friend Claire.

Raleigh had entered the FBI as a forensic geologist and she looks forward to contemplating her engagement to DeMott as she hikes the hills while the ship is the in various Alaskan ports. But murder ruins her plans.
On board is a Hollywood movie crew and the lead actor's wife turns up murdered. Raleigh combines forces with the ship's head of security, a Dutchman with an expansive handlebar mustache. When word of the crime gets back to the Seattle FBI office, Raleigh's nemesis Special Agent Jack Stephanson flies up to work on the case. The FBI Agents have only five days to solve the crime before the ship arrives back in Seattle and all of the suspects escape.
Giorello has again crafted another exciting novel. We readers sympathize with Raleigh when her mother seems to have a complete breakdown and must be hospitalized. We share Raleigh's frustration with Claire's odd behavior. We cheer for Raleigh as she and Jack and the Dutchman try to unravel the many deceptive layers in the lives of the movie actors and crew. And we hold our breath when Raleigh is faced with death at the hands of an exceedingly strong man. What Raleigh lacks in strength, she gains by using her wits.
I am glad Raleigh is back in the Pacific Northwest. It makes this good read even better. And the best news? In the next book Raleigh is going undercover in Seattle. The bad news is that I'll have to wait until March of 2012 to read it!

An Advanced Reading Copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for the purpose of this review.

About the author:
Sibella Giorello grew up in Alaska and majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College. After riding a motorcycle across the country, she worked as a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons. Find out more about Sibella and her other books at her website.

Start the series fresh with this great deal! Pick up a copy of Book 1 for your Kindle or Nook for only $2.99! The Stones Roll Away is the critically acclaimed award winner that kicked off the Raleigh Harmon series.
Sibella’s celebrating the release of The Mountains Bow Down by giving away a Cruise prize pack worth over $500.00!

 One Grand Prize winner will receive: 
  • A $500 gift certificate toward the cruise of their choice from Vacations To Go.
  • The entire set of the Raleigh Harmon series.

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