Monday, March 21, 2011

The Mountains Bow Down

Author: Sibella Giorello
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-535-0
Genre: Inspirational/suspense

FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon needs a vacation. So, she boards a cruise ship to Alaska with her mother, her aunt, and her aunt’s friend, Claire the Clairvoyant. The backdrop of the Last Frontier is a dream destination for Raleigh as she’s hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and a romance that seems to be dying.

But when the ship calls for a Man Over Board, things change. The missing person is found—hanging from an upper deck of the cruise ship—dead, from an apparent suicide. But things don’t look right. And Raleigh calls for an investigation, calling in favors from the Seattle FBI office and the Juneau FBI office.

But with only a week to figure out who-dun-it, Raleigh needs help. And she is sent Jack Stephanson—a man who causes complicated feelings. But with only seven days to figure out the crime—chances are high the murderer will walk away free.

THE MOUNTAINS BOW DOWN is the third book in Ms. Giorello’s Raleigh Harmon series, but it easily stands alone. I did read the previous books in this series and I loved them all, but I think THE MOUNTAINS BOWED DOWN was the best of the trilogy. I loved the tension between Jack and Raleigh. And I loved the Dutch character, Geert.

I did figure out who-dun-it easily, but I had to keep reading to figure out why and how. This book is a page-turner, I couldn’t put it down. The characters are very well developed, the setting expertly described (I could almost feel the rain) and the plot expertly plotted out. I totally loved this book and can’t wait to read the fourth book in the series, The Stars Shine On, coming in March of 2012. $14.99. 384 pages.

About Sibella: 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.

About The Mountains Bow Down: Everything's going to work out. Time away always makes things better . . .

That's what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska . A land of mountains and gems and minerals, The Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who's hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance.

But when a passenger goes missing and winds up dead, Raleigh 's vacation suddenly gets lost at sea. The ship's security chief tries to rule the death a suicide, but Raleigh 's forensics background points to a much darker conclusion: Somewhere onboard, a ruthless murderer walks free.

Engulfed by one of her toughest cases yet, Raleigh requests assistance from the FBI and receives her nemesis-perpetual ladies man Special Agent Jack Stephanson. As the cruise ship sails through the Inside Passage, Raleigh has five days to solve a high-profile murder, provide consultation for a movie filming onboard, and figure out her increasingly complicated feelings for Jack-who might not be such a jerk after all.

And that's only her work life. Family offers even more challenges. Joined on the cruise by her mother and aunt, Raleigh watches helplessly as disturbing rifts splinter her family.

Like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a situation so steep and so complex that even the mountains might bow down.

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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.

About The Mountains Bow Down CRUISE Giveaway:

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.

Enter soon - the giveaway ends on 4/1! The winner will be announced at Sibella’s Raleigh Harmon Book Club Party on FB April 5th, 2011! Don’t miss the fun – prizes, books and gab!

About the Facebook Party: Join Sibella and fans of the Raleigh Harmon series on April 5th at 5:00 pm PST (6 MST, 7 CST & 8 EST) for a Facebook Book Club Party. Sibella will be giving away some fun prizes, testing your trivia skills and hosting a book chat about the Raleigh Harmon books. Please RSVP and if you have questions you'd like to chat about - leave them on the Event page.

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