Friday, March 18, 2011

the mountains bow down

It's been a while since I've reviewed a book on here. The move. The life. The kids. And it takes me FOREVER to get through a book these days so I've hesitated to agree to review any....until now. I was just intrigued.
Need I say more?

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.

Jamie sez: Let me tell you, it was a lot of fun to read a book totally out of my element. It's been a while since I've read a murder mystery (I believe this one might be deemed a "cozy"--oops, no, the cover says suspense, and I would agree with that (but I'm kind of a weenie when it comes to scary so I didn't want to overbill it)). And Raleigh is in to rocks, which I'm not, but might decide to be now.
Anyhoo, my understanding is that this is the third book in the Raleigh Harmon book series, but it was totally readable mid-series. I do, however, now want to read the first two.

(And Psssst! Guess What? You can get The Stones Cry Out  for Kindle for $2.99!)

And you know how I told you it takes me forever to get through a book these days? You guessed it, done in a weekend. It's that good. So buy some frozen pizza for your family to eat and order yourself The Mountains Bow Down.

But be prepared, there is definitely some room for another book. Don't worry, murder solved, but expect to have a few questions when you're through.

And maybe a new passion to see some neon blue stones. ;)

Hey, check this out!
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.

Then tell your friends. And 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.

And to see what other bloggers have to say about The Mountains Bow Down, go here 

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.

1 comment:

Diane said...

I reviewed this book and enjoyed it too. Have a great weekend! :O)