The Mountains Bow Down Blog Tour, Cruise Giveaway & Facebook Party

Welcome to the blog tour for Sibella Giorello’s 4th installment of the Raleigh Harmon series. Already critics are praising Giorello’s latest offering.

“Giorello won the Christy Award for this series’ debut (The Stones Cry Out). Each entry has proven better than the one before, and the latest installment is no exception. Crisp writing, fast-paced action, and beautiful descriptions of Alaskan landscapes make this an essential read for fans of Irene Hannon.” —Library Journal
“Giorello has won the Christy Award and has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations. When you read this book, you’ll see why.”
—Booklist (STARRED review)

To celebrate the book’s release Sibella is pulling out all the stops! She’s giving away a cruise duringThe Mountains Bow Down Cruise Giveaway and wrapping up the giveaway and blog tour with a Raleigh Harmon Book Club Party on Facebook! See below for details.
 

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.

To enter go here!

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. Have questions you’d like to chat about – leave them on the Event page.

{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.

Sibella Giorello

{More About Sibella Giorello}

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 at http://sibellagiorello.com.

Buzz

“Giorello won the Christy Award for this series’ debut (The Stones Cry Out). Each entry has proven better than the one before, and the latest installment is no exception. Crisp writing, fast-paced action, and beautiful descriptions of Alaskan landscapes make this an essential read for fans of Irene Hannon.” —Library Journal

“Giorello has won the Christy Award and has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations. When you read this book, you’ll see why.”
—Booklist (STARRED review)

Reviews

3/15
Verlina at What You Reading Now? The Mountains Bow Down did not disappoint. I love Giorello’s character depth.  In each book in book in A Raleigh Harmon Series, Giorello adds more and more depth into Raleigh’s character and I feel as though I know her personally. This book is joining the others on my ‘to-keep’ book shelf.

Charlene at Quintessentially Quilly Sibella Giorello had me totally engrossed by the bottom of the first page. Siobella writes beautiful, descriptive prose and creates well-rounded characters that grip her reader’s attention on the first page and holds it until the last    

Jolene at The Creative Studio Kudos to Giorello for creating a plot that was catchy and unpredictable. Raleigh’s character is especially well-written. I appreciated that Giorello’s treatment of Raleigh’s mother’s illness was sadly authentic, but also sympathetic.    

Martha at Our Family Adventures I really enjoyed this book! Sibella is a talented author who wove the mystery along with the issues that you would have with family. I loved how she wove the mental health issue into the story. Not many authors are brave enough to touch on the issue!

Jami’s Reviews Sibella has done it again! The Mountains Bow Down kept me on my toes!     

Becky at In The Pages Another fabulous title in her Raleigh Harmon Series. Giorello is an amazing author that, once again, has written a page-turner!! so well-written and keeps you on the edge of your seat!

3/16
Barbara’s Thin Line I have read all of the Raleigh Harmon novels and in my opinion they just get better and better. This fourth one in the series was so good I didn’t want it to end. The Mountains Bow Down is a murder mystery on a cruise ship with self-obsessed Hollywood characters, laugh-out-loud humor, and beautiful descriptions of Alaska and the ocean that will make you want to take your own cruise there, but it also has an emotional depth that sneaks up and pulls at you like a riptide. The character development is awesome to behold, facets of Raleigh’s character revealed in the smallest of nuance. Whether tender scenes with her mother, or repartee with Jack–the agent she wants to dislike, we learn a little more about Raleigh and what makes her tick.

Debra at Footprints in the Butter Sibella’s best book yet. She has a knack for making the characters feel real. I love a crime story that involves science.  This is a fabulous book.  Christian, but not preachy.  Like the previous books in the series, everything doesn’t wrap up into pretty little packages at the end with everything being perfect and happily ever after.  The series is too real for that, which is something I really love.  I cannot wait to find out more about what happens to Raleigh…  

Vanessa at Ohio Girl Talks Sibella has done it again another fantastic read fast paced starts off  great and stays great. There are some great twists. Great Read. 

Suzanne at Suzannesaphone This is a mystery and is well-written, especially considering its placement in the “Christian fiction” genre. My husband likes to quote someone as saying that Christian has become an adjective for sub-par (in pretty much any artistic endeavor) and unfortunately I tend to agree, so it is refreshing to stumble across some fiction with interesting, layered characters.

Beckie at By The Book The Mountains Bow Down is a great mystery. You’ll never guess whodunit.  But it so much more. Raleigh is a great character.  She is not perfect, she struggles with her identity as a woman and as an FBI agent. She makes mistakes, and this makes her even more likable.  And you will love Jack, Raleigh’s nemesis from her days with the Seattle office of the FBI. Not quite a nemesis now, Raleigh has to struggle with her attraction to him as well.

Mark at Thoughts of a Sojourner This was one of those books that I started reading and finished in one evening. It was that good. Very interesting and gripping. The plot and suspense was great.

3/17
Maggie at Tethered Mommy I was instantly engrossed and found it hard to put down the book.

Brenda at WV Stitcher

Amy at The 160 Acrewoods I really enjoyed the story in this book. There was quite a bit of humor wrapped up in this wonderfully laid out whodunit.  I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed it — an unexpected decent read. The story was extremely intense and full of mayhem around each corner – there were lots of little side stories that were really well placed. I couldn’t help but feel like I had gotten to know the characters and was on my own cruise to Alaska with them!  

Ruth at This That and the Other Thing I loved the language. While classified as Christian fiction, I think it is a book that anyone who likes relatively non-gory mysteries could enjoy.

3/18
C.J. Darlington Giorello delved deeper into Raleigh Harmon’s character than she has in prior books—her struggles, challenges, and vulnerabilities. She was real before, but this novel has added a depth to her, which makes for a fantastic story. The plot was a page-turner too. Bravo, Ms. Giorello. 

Lena Nelson at A Christian Writer’s World Author Interview!   

Jamie at Surviving The Chaos It was a lot of fun to read a book totally out of my element. I read it in a weekend. It’s that good. So buy some frozen pizza for your family to eat and order yourself The Mountains Bow Down.

Diane at That’s What I’m Here The author does a wonderful job of incorporating the location as a central feature of the book throughout this whodunit mystery. I felt a little disappointed when the book ended, because so many things were still left up in the air and unresolved, but that’s what the next book in the series is for. The author keeps you wanting to come back for more.

3/19
Carol’s Corner This is an great book! An easy yet informative read. I was fascinated by all the interesting geological information I learned. I love that it was similar to the fox TV series Bones (that’s my favorite show) yet different enough to be fun an interesting. This book will keep you guess to the last minute to find out who done it!  

Kim at Window To My World Sibella Giorello is such a talented writer! Her created FBI agent, Raliegh Harmon, has such a quirky sense of humor! More than once, I found myself laughing out loud at the way the author phrased some of her observations of the world around her. Sibella Giorello has written another compelling story in the life of one very quirky FBI agent! You will enjoy this book a GREAT deal!! I am happy to recommend it to you!

Amber at Snidbits I enjoyed the book. I’ll admit I didn’t have the mystery figured out.   

Tim at Fiction Addict It never takes more than a couple of pages for me to forget such a misguided notion and find myself sucked in by Giorello’s first-person immediacy, unvarnished honesty, and determination to peel back the façade of human goodness to reveal what lies beneath.  

Michele at My Blessings From Above I just loved this book! It is my first read of a Sibella Giorello book and I must say I really enjoy her style of writing! The plot takes many twists and turns you do not expect at all. This is a great mystery! Her descriptions are wonderful and the characters are very believable.  I loved the humor she used with her characters, especially Raleigh. There were parts that made me laugh out loud! This story does not wrap up all nice and tidy as you might expect. It is not predictable as many books are. You are left wondering what will happen next and this book will leave you with the feeling of wanting to know more about Raleigh and what will happen in the future. I know I am going to be reading the other three!  

Theresa at Faith and Family Reviews The Mountains Bow Down is not a predictable novel. It is a great read that will keep you clueless as to who the murderer is and it gets a two thumbs up from me.

Tammy’s Book Parlor I must say though that The Mountains Bow Down is my all time favorite read of this series.   

3/21
Caroline at Happy Four The beauty of the Raleigh Harmon novels is that you can enjoy them in sequence or independently.  Be warned; when you read one of the series you will feel compelled to read the others which is definitely an indication of a great author. Sibella weaves an incredible story bringing each character to life as each page turns. I found myself laughing out loud reading the book as I related to Raleigh and her mental and sometimes spoken way of responding to people and situations. You will enjoy this book and find it one worth burning the midnight oil to read!    

Stacie at Hobbit Door This book just solidified that I will be a permanent fan of this series. I think Sibella is a great writer. She doesn’t spell everything out for you. She lets the story unfold. Lets you fill in the gaps a bit. I don’t automatically see where she’s going and I like that. Also, she doesn’t rush the story. She takes her time and really fleshes out the underlying plot line. I think there is a lot of life left in this series.

Laura at Christian Bookworm Reviews 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. 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.

Nancy at Bookfoolery and Babble What I loved about The Mountains Bow Down: I really like Raleigh Harmon. She’s a fascinating character. The mystery itself was suitably complex (Giorello kept me guessing right up to the end) without becoming overwhelming and the other characters were well described. I love, love, love the fact that Raleigh is a big eater. There are so many female characters who worry about food and their weight in fiction that it’s nice to read about one who can put away a big meal, for a change. In general, The Mountains Bow Down is an engrossing read with excellent characterization, taut plotting and intelligent writing. What I disliked about The Mountains Bow Down: Oh, hmm. I can’t think of anything.

Janet at Along the Way Just like the first book, The Mountains Bow Down is filled with lots of action, drama and a little romance. This book is a mystery that includes interesting dynamics between the heroine and the man she just “loves to hate”. But once Raleigh finally gets honest with herself about her true feelings, even she was surprised by the outcome.

Evelyn at The Writing Sprite A great read. I couldn’t even get out of the first chapter without “connecting” with the book and the protagonist, Raleigh Harmon.  There was a definite feeling of longing and understanding when presented with both her surroundings and the thoughts in her head. The author’s phraseology was really great stuff, and the writing is a lot more colorful than the bulk of publications I have seen recently. Good job, Sibella!

Julie at One Rainy Afternoon It was refreshing to read another book where the love story was not the main emphasis. I personally love to watch Police/FBI dramas and this was no exception. With plenty of plot twists to throw you off-course, Sibella definitely keeps your interest. This is a great book that I highly recommend.

Kaylea  at My Scrappy Life If you like The Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson, I truly believe you’ll find this series a good read. It’s enjoyable to find a murder-suspense novel without the “junk” of gratuitous language and horror. It’s well written, with strong characters and plot development. I am really looking forward to the next book, The Stars Shine On, set for a March 2012 release.  

3/22
Heather at Mom 2 Mom Connection I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the mind of FBI agent, Raleigh Harmon, who uses the fascinating field of forensic geology to solve her crimes.  

Prism at A Girl of Many Colors I absolutely love mysteries. To be honest, its not often I find a truly intriguing one. Usually I solve the mystery halfway through and skip to the end. Not so with The Mountains Bow Down. I was kept guessing all through the story, and I absolutely love the depth. The author’s writing style is captivating and totally keeps the reader turning the pages. Raleigh is a tough FBI woman who still has her own insecurities and issues, and I absolutely love the depth the author gave to the character. 

Lisa Jordan Books Sibella’s rich wordpainting, ability to write seamlessly in first person, and her three-dimensional characters are what keep bringing me back to read her books. Usually I’m able to figure out the villain in the first few chapters, but Sibella’s novels with the unique twists keep me guessing until the end. The cruise ship setting, the dry wit, and characters that burrowed their way into my heart have turned me into a tried and true Sibella Giorello fan. During a recent writers retreat, we were asked to name a few of our favorite authors and why. I gushed about the Raleigh Harmon series and Sibella’s beautiful writing.

Carly at Carlybird’s Home I am a little on the picky side when it comes to mysteries.  I like the stories to be somewhat complex and unpredictable.  Sibella succeeded in writing a mystery that I found very appealing.  Sometimes it was difficult to keep track of the characters and suspects, but the book had a very realistic feel to it.  The entire book felt real.  Raleigh is not only having to deal with trying to figure out “who dunnit”, but she also has a very complicated personal life, so I not only wanted to see the mystery solved, I also wanted to see what was going to happen with her. A delight to read in every way I wanted it to be. I highly recommend this one.  

3/23
Catherine at Cuzinlogic The Mountains Bow Down is a great mystery, full of suspense with a lot of twist that I didn’t see coming. I enjoyed how humor was mixed into the storyline, which made the quirky Raleigh an even more fascinating Character. Sibella Giorello has masterfully written a page turner that held my attention until the very last page.   

Mel at Real Heart Prints I was sucked into the mystery. Much of the book is centered around dialogue; however, this means no less of a mystery or adventure for the reader who picks up this book. It’s definitely a great read.   

Charity at Giveaway Lady An excellent book.

Meg at Meg Massey This was another great one from Sibella Giorello.  I’m really loving her Raleigh Harmon series.  Can’t wait to read the next one!   

Lydia at The Overweight Bookshelf Suspense books-inspirational genre or mainstream-do not get much better than Sibella Giorello’s Raleigh Harmon series.Sibella Giorella is my queen of suspense writing. The Mountains Bow Down is a character driven approach to suspense writing. Instead of just preoccupying readers with the ‘whodunnit’ and numerous action sequences, Sibella roots her story in the complexities of human nature and the nuances of human relationships. The first person narratives draws readers into Raleigh’s mind and heart as she struggles with the turmoil of dealing with an ill and unstable mother and the accompanying guilt of balancing her personal and professional life. The cast of characters in this book is strong and complex-from the egotistical narcissist, the broken and fragile introvert, to the preening seductress and self-medicating train wreck. Sibella’s writing style flows so naturally for first person narrative. Sometimes it can be difficult to immerse yourself into someone’s thoughts without feeling like an intruder or have the story feel dubious, but Raleigh’s confidence and wit are compelling from the start. Her sarcastic jabs are hilarious but never put on or overused-they are just a natural overflow from her Southern lexicon.

Katie at Legacy of a Writer From the very beginning – when they found a dead woman hanging over the side of the ship – I knew this was going to be a grand mystery. I was not disappointed. I really enjoy Sibella’s writing style! It’s so relaxed and witty – I love the dry humor she gives Raleigh. It was even better than the previous book!

3/24
Loren at Heart of a bookworm The Mountains Bow Down is filled with Mystery, Suspense and I love the Humor from Raleigh! This book is AWESOME and I am so happy to say I have found yet another new and amazing author to read!! 

Beth at For the love of books Very well written, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat and then laughing. Sibella’s characters are very well researched and characters that you can relate to. The storylines are strong and do draw you in. I highly recommend this book to everyone.   

Brooke at I blog 4 books The Mountains Bow Down reads a lot like James Patterson’s The Women’s Murder Club series, which I have enjoyed for years. The pace is pretty quick, the characters are likable and well-developed, and there were plenty of twists in the plot to keep me intrigued.  

Stacy at A Novel Source I was enraptured with Sibella’s writing. An excellent book for anyone who likes mysteries; is challenged by Christian Fiction that is not overt and in-your-face but more intellectual and thought-provoking; and if you like to read about family dynamics and the daily challenges faced. 

Rebekah at Aurelia Sibella Giorello is quite simply a fabulous writer.  She is the kind of writer who loves words. She writes tight and smart and imbues her narrative character with the kind of voice that I could have mistaken for my own. There is zero clunkiness to this novel.  Nothing to trip you up or take you out of the story, it simply flows. And her writing is original. The book is peppered with authentic descriptions and dialogue that give color to a picture so flawless you feel a part of the action. She never resorts to tired cliche’s or sloppy portraiture and I loved her for that.  It’s not that her style is poetic, as much as disarmingly fresh. This book is worth a read for the characters alone.    

Jodie at Mom’s Pace

Joan at Book Reviews from an Avid Reader 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.

3/25
LaVerne at This Daughter’s Notebook This is the first book written by Sibella Giorello that I have read and I couldn’t put it down.  

Michelle at Beyond The Silver and The Gold

Jendi’s Journal

Marianne at Hoosier Word Smith Review & Author InterviewGiorello’s economic use of language and spot-on dialogue make this novel a rapid read, and her characters make it a page-turner. Raleigh, especially, is a sympathetic character, tough and resilient, not afraid to mix it up with some intimidating antagonists, but suffering from palpable emotional pain as she watches her mother unravel. I hate to admit this, but I do not read “Christian fiction” much. Most of it I find to be formulaic and preachy. That wasn’t the case with Sibella Giorello’s novel. Her portrayal of a woman trying to sort out herself and her circumstances and see through the eyes of her faith compelled me from beginning to end. I will read the next installment in Raleigh’s life when it appears next year. It’s refreshing to read a book about a Christian protagonist who isn’t perfect, preachy, or — forgive me — Amish or aristocratic!

Cara at The Law, Books and Life The author is a gifted writer, spinning words into a web that is lyrical and engaging. I even had to grab the dictionary for one word that she later explained. But she uses words in a beautiful way to paint pictures and make Raleigh a truly unique character that I’ve come to love. I’m already eager to read the fourth book in the series and go back to book one. Each book in the series stands alone, but has enough ties to prior books to keep someone who loves a series engaged without losing new readers. And the spiritual threads in this book are poignant. I loved this book.

Tammy at Tammy Is Blessed I loved Raleigh the main character – she was real, refreshing and intriguing – as well as all her counterparts in the FBI. Giorello does a really nice job of fleshing out the characters. And the plot is fantastic. It was a murder mystery and it kept me guessing till the end. I enjoyed this book immensely! Though this is the 4th book of the Raleigh Harmon series, it definitely works as a stand alone book – however, you’re likely going to want to pick up the first three after reading this one! 

My Friend Amy Humor and some moments of sharp, perceptive writing.  

Molly at Book Reviews By Molly Sibella Giorello’s talent shines through her works of fiction as she creates yet another suspenseful mystery for her readers. Her work is masterful, as she adds bits and pieces of humor to keep the reader hooked, lots of tense moments to keep the reader on the edge of their seats and guessing what’s next.

3/26
Becky at Christian Chick’s Thoughts I hadn’t read any of the previous books, and I had no trouble jumping in.) Told in first person, from Raleigh’s perspective, The Mountains Bow Down is an engaging read. Giorello’s description of Alaska made me anxious to visit, but more importantly, the story she crafted kept me guessing until the end. Because the reader only knows what Raleigh knows, discerning the killer was difficult, but I enjoyed guessing along with Raleigh. Also, Raleigh and Jack have a great “will they or won’t they” relationship (my guess is that by series’ end, they will) that reminded me of two of my favorite TV shows, Bones and Castle. Jack definitely has a bit of Agent Booth (Bones) in him! I look forward to reading more of this series.  

Krista at Pitching Pencils Above all, Giorello excels in the realm of character development and the emotional involvement of the reader. Her ability to create intense scenes that manage to avoid the maudlin make Giorello’s books powerful, involving books as well as fun mysteries. Through her Raleigh Harmon series, Sibella Giorello has written books that would entice both the mystery lover, along with the more traditional female reader who enjoys dramatic fiction.

Paula at Thrifty Momma’s Brain Food The Mountains Bow Down has one of the best mystery plots I have read in awhile.

Ponderings by Andrea I love Sibella’s way with words! Sibella writes about God’s creation in a thought-provoking – and beautifully written – way. Mrs. Giorello writes with intelligence, humor, and suspense; she keeps her readers turning the pages. I certainly did not get many other things done after I started reading this captivating book!

Michelle at A Life Better Than I Deserve This story is ultimately complex, intriguing and exceptionally well-written. Though this is the fourth novel from Sibella featuring Raleigh Harmon, I was able to jump into the middle of this character’s adventure and enjoy Sibella’s lush language and flawed characters without any confusion. Sibella paints scenes and images with her words as gorgeous as the Alaskan scenery, so this novel was difficult to put down. Definitely recommended.  

Reviews By Jane WOW! What an AMAZING book that was! I couldn’t put it down – the mystery was so great and I absolutely loved joining Raleigh on her investigations. I enjoy how Giorello doesn’t simply incorporate the mystery, but also Raleigh’s own life. It gives the book a little more personal feel. I usually don’t like books narrated from the first person’s view point, but Giorello did an excellent job pulling it off and I loved reading this book from Raleigh’s perspective. All in all, this was an amazing book that I highly recommend you pick up.

Virginia at My Full Cup It is a great book and a fast read.  I had trouble putting it down. I enjoyed the plot line and think the author did an excellent job weaving the story.

3/28
Renee Ann at Doorkeeper This book was a real treat. I almost wish I hadn’t finished it in one day!

Lisa writes… Giorello writes the type of redemptive fiction I most enjoy: intriguing characters, absorbing plot, refreshing perspective and a mystery that remains so until the final resolution. All that plus a good dose of Southern sensibility and what you have is not your typical Christian fiction fare. There are twists and turns and quirky characters aplenty. The ups and downs of her relationship with Jack keeps the reader guessing while the desperation and despair that mark her relationship with her mom keep the story authentic and sympathetic. The mystery is mysterious, the resolution surprising, and Raleigh remains likeable and believable. 

Nora at Finding Hope Through Fiction Author Interview & book giveaway!

Revka at The Porch Light Mrs. Giorello’s attention to detail does not merely extend to scientific facts. Her settings and characters are meticulously developed, making it easy to feel as if you yourself were right in the middle of the story. She also shows a keen knowledge of character and humanity as seen through the eyes of her heroine, Raleigh Harmon. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Mountains Bow Down, and I certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. 

Cindy at Cindy’s Book Club Once again, I was impressed by the quality of Sibella Giorello’s writing. FBI-type stories are often action-packed, but written crisply and rather functionally. Giorello keeps things moving, but does so with insightful and evocative narrative. Raleigh is a really remarkable and appealing character–one who is courageous, skilled at her job, and tough, but also completely feminine and sure of her faith. She is impossible not to like. Reading these two books has made me a serious Sibella Giorello fan. I would recommend them to anyone who loves a good, well-written, suspenseful tale–and I would point them out to anyone who questions whether Christian fiction boasts top-notch talent.  

Deb at Just Short of Crazy The Mountains Bow Down is very well written story with characters that I really enjoyed. Usually I’m very good at figuring out “who done it” in mystery books, but this one kept me guessing.   

Jennifer at A Spacious Place Sibella Giorello has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
I was hooked on the first page. Her writing is my favorite mix of suspense and literary, heart touching and soul moving. Her ability to create descriptions that put you there without slowing down the story is unique and creates a wonderful sense of place in each of her books. The Mountains Bow Down doesn’t disappoint. It contains all of the elements I loved in The Clouds Roll Away.

Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews I found this a fascinating book from several angles – it is a thrilling mystery, I loved the descriptions of Alaska, and I found Raleigh’s biting sense of humor refreshing.  I would recommend this book as being a fine stand-alone novel, but I would encourage readers to pick up the other books in the series.

3/29
Robin at Scibbles of the Heart AWESOME book! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down, yes, it was that GOOD! I read the whole book in one day.  

Lori at Frog’s Lilypad

Michell at Life in Review The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello is another oustanding Raleigh Harmon suspense novel! I VERY highly recommend this book. The writing is superb, and the story is brilliant. There are so many twists and turns that will keep you constantly guessing. And the characters are wonderful as always. Raleigh is such a great character. She’s tough, but she loves her family. She’s completely dedicated to her job to the point that everything else takes a back seat, including her own happiness. The next Raleigh Harmon novel is “The Stars Shine On” and it’s due out in March 2012. I’m really looking forward to that one!    

Marjorie at The Writer’s Tool I was first introduced to Sibella Giorello and her character Raleigh when I was proofreading for Thomas Nelson and they asked me to work on The Clouds Roll Away. And I fell in love with the author’s storytelling ability and with Raleigh. The author’s description of the scenery is vivid, and I’ve now moved that trip up higher on my bucket list. However, it was the mystery that Raleigh had forced upon her that kept me reading. The characters Sibella has created for this series are very real, dealing with some very heavy issues that I can identify with only too closely at times, and lovable. This is a compelling mystery that hooked me on page one. And left me sad the book was done when the cruise docked back in Seattle. Thankfully it looks like there will be more stories to come in the Raleigh Harmon series. I, for one, am very glad.  

Linda at Christian Book Reviews Sibella has a host of quirky characters that lighten the dark task of solving the grizzly murder. The plot twists and character interactions were very well done. Sibella did an excellent job of describing the different components of the story and areas of the ship without getting me seasick or lost.  

Sarah at Growing for Christ I was hooked from the first word. Even while embroiled in the pursuit of truth, the reader gets a glimpse of what God’s majesty looks like in Alaska – the true last frontier.  The book was fast paced and if I didn’t have other people and things to do I probably would have read through the book in less than a day, it was so action packed that I felt I was going to miss something if I put it down. Having read this book I look forward to getting the other ones to enjoy as well.  I even enjoyed how Raliegh dealt with the annoyingness of an Aunt, a mom who is losing her mind, and a crazy friend of the aunt.  We all have a few odd balls in the family – and I found myself chuckling at some of the stand offs between Raliegh and those she is traveling with.

3/30
Ariel at The French Poet I  oved the mystery in this one! It was constantly twisting and turning, with the reader never knowing what to expect. I loved the ship’s security guy, he was soooo funny! I think his sarcastic remarks made the book that much better 🙂 I enjoyed this book very much! I actually liked it a little better than the last one. Great book!   

Ashley’s Bookshelf Raleigh was a great character. The more I read, the more she seemed like a real person! The humor in the book was good and somewhat unexpected. The suspense wasn’t overwhelming but a good mix of expected and unexpected events. All in all, I want to read the first three in the series now!

Patty at Broken Teepee The characters were well drawn and you wanted to stay with them. The ending sets up the next book in the series very nicely and leaves you wanting to read more.

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Dona at Allergy Kid Mom I really enjoyed the book. It kept me intrigued from the beginning to the end. Sibella Giorello’s style of writing had me visualizing everything while I was reading. It actually felt as though I was there. I am not one who tends to read mystery type books, but was glad I was able to read this one.

Heather at The Sunset Won’t It’s not often that the first two sentences in a book draw me in the way that Sibella Giorello was able to in The Mountains Bow Down. The imagery immediately draws you in. I really enjoyed the story and thought it had a good mix of suspense, action, comedic relief, with a little romantic tension thrown in for good measure. The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello is one that I would recommend to someone looking for an interesting book that pays as much attention to characters as it does to the storyline.

Ramblings By Nicole It was another one of those books that I zipped through in a couple of days! It is a great murder mystery that keeps you guessing and turning the pages to find out what happens next. I enjoy Raleigh Harmon and all the complicated situations and messes she gets herself into. It was a very enjoyable read!

Stacy at Upon Eagles Wings I appreciated all of the minutiae of being on a high-class cruise ship- all of the things that go on in the background or under the radar of the guests. There was a bit of humor in the malaprops of her old boss, and of course the background stress of Raleigh’s changing feelings for her fiance and for Jack, her partner in solving crime.

Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food I think this was the best book of the series. The mystery is well written and the killer is not revealed until the end with lots of twists and turns.

Danielle at The Happy Wife I completely enjoyed this book. An aspect of Sibella Giorello’s writing that I love, is her ability to transport the reader to the scene in the book. I could clearly see myself on the cruise ship and walking along the city “sidewalks” in Ketchikan, and Skagway. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime novels, Christian or not.

4/1
JHS at Colloquium Once again,Giorello has crafted a taut, fast-paced “whodunit” that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Set in breathtakingly beautiful Alaska, Giorello provides lush descriptions. Her tale is intricately constructed web of theivery, deceit, blackmail, and Hollywood lifestyles run amok.

Clint at Friar Tuck’s Fleeting Thoughts As usual, Giorello spins an excellent story with lots of twists and turns. Agent Harmon is smart but flawed, intelligent and sometimes lacking in common sense, and completely lovable. She is the kind of protagonist the reader can identify with, admire, and root for. I am coming to enjoy how Giorello uses her novels to describe, promote, and admire places that she loves. In previous novels she has described Virginia and Washington State. This novel, of course, describes Alaska. Her description of Ketchikan is especially well done. As she writes her novels she is a stellar ambassador of her home places. I especially was excited about this one, since I have also lived in Alaska.  I am not much of a flatterer, so listen closely to this endorsement. I believe that the Raleigh Harmon series by Sibella Giorello is one of the best mystery series’ out there of any sort. It is an easy fun read that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Grab a copy of her books and read them. Especially THE MOUNTAINS BOW DOWN. You will not be disappointed.

Jenn’s RAQ This was a fabulous read! If you are looking for a smart, satisfying read with beautiful imagery, check this one out! I loved the twists and turns in this book. There were several surprises. I absolutely love the lead character, Raleigh.