Seattle Christian Fiction Examiner, Nicole Salter’s interview with Seattle author, Sibello Giorello http://tinyurl.com/69hb3ah
The Mountains Bow Down, (a Raleigh Harmon Mystery), by Sibello Giorello, Thomas Nelson, 2011, 384 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1595545350, $14.99
When FBI agent Raleigh Harmon, forensic minerals and geology specialist, heard the Captain announce a “situation” required the Alaskan cruise ships immediate return to sea, instead of docking in Ketchikan, she “sensed her [working] vacation was officially over.” Outside of ship security she was the only law enforcement on board.
She also knew only one maritime law kept a ship at sea. “As soon as a passenger was listed as missing, the cruise ship must….return to the location …where the person was last seen.”
In the ensuing hours a missing woman would be found port side, “hanging off the top rail.” While Geert, “head of security” said, “suicide,” Raleigh wasn’t so sure, “something didn’t look right” and she asked if there were a crime kit on board.
Thus begins The Mountains Bow Down, fourth in the Raleigh Harmon series, by two time Pulitzer Prize nominee, Sibella Giorello, who won the coveted Christy Award with her debut suspense novel, The Stones Cry Out.
Set aboard a cruise ship in the beauty of Alaska’s pristine waters and landscapes, a zany cast of characters include a host of Hollywood’s “tinsel town” suspects. From actors, producers and film crews, lusting after power and fame, to Raleigh’s “touched” mother on the verge of collapse. Her Aunt Charlotte who believes rocks have healing powers. To Claire, Aunt Charlotte’s self-professed clairvoyant friend. Their comical antics only complicate Raleigh’s professional life as the FBI agency’s movie consultant.
Raleigh contacted the FBI’s Seattle office for additional help, not knowing they would send Special Agent Jack Stephanson. Not only was Jack handsome and charming, the hint of chemistry between them could sabotage the personal reason she agreed to join the cruise—for a new “perspective” on her fiancée DeMott Fielding. She wanted to believe her engagement “drained of romance” would, could…maybe “…work out...”
Although part of a series, The Mountains Bow Down reads as a stand-alone suspense. Giallo’s clever, intricate plot and strong characterization’s draw readers into a believable mystery with a hint of romance that doesn’t give anything away. Readers will identify with and form strong opinions about her strong, quirky, well-developed characters, a skill not all writers have. Her writing is sharp, intuitive and often humorous with undertones of faith. If you’re not already a Giaollo fan, you will be after reading The Mountains Bow Down.
The Stars Shine On,Raleigh Harmon’s next adventure releases April 2012.
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