The Mountains Bow Down (Raleigh Harmon Mysteries, #4)

The Mountains Bow Down (Raleigh Harmon Mysteries, #4) When I got this book in the mail, you should ve seen the huge smile on my face Been looking forward to it for months I wasn t disappointed 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 has added a depth to her, which makes for a fantastic story The plot was a page turner too Bravo, Ms Giorello. It is hump day, Wednesday, for those of us not keeping count The end of the week for me is just 5 short days away Wait, then a new week starts again I need a vacation Our main character in the novel tried that and her work followed her Does that mean when I get to take a few days off, some novels, digital short stories and graphic novels are going to follow me I hope so The beach wouldn t be the same without them Fortunately when work follows me on vacation, I love it and get to share it with you Today s featured author, Sibella Giorella, will be with us in The G ZONE on April 8th Here is what is in between the covers on this one 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 handsome 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 as arrogant as she originally thought And that s only her work life Family offers even 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 mystery so daunting that even the mountains might bow down before it This novel is billed as a Christian mystery fiction I have news for you, this genre of novel rocks Giorella puts together a first rate thriller here I haven t read her work before and I have to admit I am bummed by that I am definitely going to back track to the other novels she has written The character development was intense, her descriptive ability amazing, and the plotline was engaging and hard to pull away from Going to Alaska and on a cruise is on Mrs.Gelati and my to do list, but after reading this I may not have to do it, Siabella Giorello made me feel like I had been there Her descriptive ability made me see, feel and experience all the things that her main character was seeing I really like that The romance and the family subplots were nice and kept things a bit tense and helped offer a nice reprieve from the murder and the investigation of it.Murder doesn t follow everyone on vacation, but books sometimes do I suggest not only taking this one with you to wherever your vacation destination is this year, but why not read all her work After all good is good and fun is fun Give Siabello Giorella a shot and have The Mountains Bow Down in front of you.What are you reading today Have you checked out our new blogtalk radio show The G ZONE Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari, The Novel Spot Twitter Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on Did you know you can shop directly on by clicking the Banner on our blog Thanks for stopping by today We will see you tomorrow Have a great day. I m so pleased Courtney introduced me to this author I am devouring her books like a crazed zombie, which I know will end badly when I come to the last book.I m opening to the first page right now.I know I m in for quite a ride.. Sometimes there is a book that can really confuse you to read You re simply not sure how to react to it Did the book have a point, beyond event the story And if so, did it make that point Was the point real Or just tacked on so the book can sell better To be honest, all of these questions swarmed around in my head as I was completing this novel In The Mountains Bow Down , by Sibella Giorello, the above questions arose for me In the story, the main character, Raleigh Harmon, is a mineralogist, a geologist who specializes in studying minerals, and she is an FBI agent She has a somewhat complicated backstory that precedes this novel, but winds up as the story begins, on a cruise with her Mom, her Aunt Charlotte, and Charlotte s extremely eccentric friend, Claire.Raleigh is hired to be the official FBI consultant on a film project taking place on the cruise ship During the early part of the voyage, the wife of the movie s star winds up dead From there, as they say, the mystery thickens.Several threads are woven together in this book From Raleigh s turbulent relationship with her fiance, to her strained relationship with her family Her mother is always at the point of a psychological breakdown, while Aunt Charlotte and Claire are into ridiculous new agey garbage, that becomes increasingly a way to try to evade the enormous pain and loneliness that they feel.At first, I was looking for an overt Christian message, but couldn t find one I mulled over if this was good or not Too many authors put in some evangelistic message to appear Christian for the publisher s check lists or whatever, but the message makes no sense with the plot It sometimes seems like a Now You Know segment from the GI Joe cartoons I d watch as I kid About two thirds of the way through the novel, Raleigh does, indeed, cry out to God for help.I was somewhat taken aback by this, thinking the Now You Know had come after all, much to my disappointment It seemed to come out of nowhere As the story progressed, however, I found that I was wrong Within the numerous plot elements, the story makes perfect sense.We are shown how the heroine is unable and unwilling to condemn others when not angry, because of her numerous sins We are also shown that perhaps, just perhaps, those who do that which we would normally consider ridiculous, rocks, and New Age stuff, are just as lonely and searching as the rest of us To condemn their evil is a must, of course, for they dabble in what the Lord hates but to show them love and a desire to help them is also a must God holds out the hammer of His wrath to those who reject Him as we all do as sinners , but He also holds out His arms as a loving Father to draw His children to Himself, if we will only turn from our sins and to Him.In the end, this book did not fall into the trap of having a convenient Gospel message that seemed almost pointless in the structure of the story There was no Now You Know segment here There was a deep, thoughtful, engaging narrative, with fleshed out characters and situations, as well as a deep Biblical message.Of course, there is a romance Didn t really think you d avoid that one, now did you Thankfully, it is tastefully done, and is left open ended for future books There is so much characterization about relationships, how people should and should not treat each other, and so forth Plus the story is actually compelling, and a good mystery I usually figure out the bad guy right away when I read a mystery Here I didn t figure the bad guy out until near the end.Were there deficiencies in the narrative A few The ending seemed a little rushed Which was a disappointment The clues were all there and developed patiently over the course of the story, so it seemed to me like the author was simply trying to cram all of this story into a limited page space For that matter, the interactions of Raleigh, and her fiance, DeMott, made neither seem very sympathetic I m trying to decide if that was the point of the author in the first place, or not All that said, this book, while not Sherlock Holmes, is a delightful treat to read, with a positive and compelling Christian message about salvation and how to love and reach out to our enemies, with the hopes of winning them to the Lord Recommended I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers I am obligated to read it and give a review on my blog and on a commercial web site such Thomas Nelson emphasizes their desire for honest reviews, whether positive or negative, in order to help them create a better product The opinions above are my honest viewpoint I want to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for allowing me to review this book, and thank you all for reading this. I was so thankful to receive a review copy of such an exciting, fun, suspenseful, and heartfelt novel I enjoyed reading about Raleigh, a female FBI agent, who specializes in fore4nsic geology and is good at what she does Sibella went to school to be a geologist so its fascinating to read how geology helps Raleigh uncover clues she never would have discovered with out it.I liked how Sibella had Raleigh sty true to her calling in life no matter how the male FBI Agents treated her I also liked Raleigh s honesty in her feelings and how she struggled in putting God into the driver seat of her life 24 7.Giorello takes her readers on a beautiful Alaskan cruise along with her mom and eccentric Aunt who has arranged for Raleigh to be a consultant on a movie being filmed on the cruise ship She thought this would be a great way to enjoy each other s company, have fun and get their trip paid for.Things were beautiful and fun until Raleigh discovers a female body hanging from the back of the cruise ship Head of security seeks Raleigh s help in this case because she s FBI and the woman found dead was famous actor Milo s wife.Milo was the one she was consulting on the film on how to be an FBI agent Milo and everyone else on this project was hoping for a box office smash hit with this movie Milo needed this to get back into the game.Sibella Giorello pens an intriguing web of mystery, suspense, fun and quirky characters I enjoyed with well timed humor This was a who done it that kept me guessing right up till the end This was the first novel I ve read by this author, it won t be my last I think I ll start with The River Runs Dry, or The Clouds Roll So many choices Can t wait to see where this author takes me next I highly recommend this book and for you to check out the others Disclosure of Material Connection I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Nora St.LaurentThe Book Club Network The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.comBook Fun Magazine In this fourth installment to the Raleigh Harmon series the reader is swept into an epic mystery of who dunit 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 The whole mystery to figure out who murdered a woman on board and then set it up to look like a suicide is intriguing The plot was very well thought out and pretty complex Towards the end I stopped once or twice to clarify what Raleigh had just discovered But this didn t keep me from becoming totally enthralled in the book.I really enjoy Sibella s writing style It s so relaxed and witty I love the dry humor she gives Raleigh I instantly clicked with her in The Clouds Roll Away and was looking forward to hearing of her and DeMott s relationship I was slightly disappointed in this area, as DeMott is hardly in the book at all Raleigh s lack of excitement at their upcoming wedding was also a bit disturbing if she is this unsure before marriage, I don t understand why she is getting married at all I sympathized with DeMott as he tried to stay connected with her during the voyage, but was continually ignored or shrugged off This was my first time meeting Jack, though he has been in a previous Raleigh Harmon novel His easy going, flirty, self assured character was fun to get to know A few times I grew annoyed at his I m good looking and I know it attitude, but he was funny at times with his quirky comments The way he pushed and pressured Raleigh concerning her engagement was a bit disappointing He assumed too much He didn t respect that Raleigh was an engaged woman, promised to someone My blood would ve been boiling at that comment, instantly raising my defenses against this guy But then again, with Raleigh s insecurities about her engagement already, I can see why Raleigh didn t react too much In the aspect of Raleigh s love life, this story ended leaving me very unsure I am looking forward to the next book in the series and hoping it will clear up some questions Because of this certain mystery and Raleigh s line of work, she doesn t always hear or see the most pleasant things She discovers one suspect has been involved in several affairs, another in drugs, and two others are involved in pornographic filming In all three events nothing graphic is described besides stating the facts There was one conversation Raleigh had with the coroner that I need to mention They speak briefly about a previous case the coroner had with some teen boys accidentally killing themselves The cause leading up to their death was a subject that might be pretty heavy for some younger teen readers and I would advise caution.Having just recently become a fan of Sibella s work after I read The Clouds Roll Away, I was thrilled when I heard about her newest release It was even better than the previous book Even though the ending leaves the reader hanging to some extent, I was still content when I reached the final page Though there are many questions I hope her next release, The Stars Shine On, will answer The Mountains Bow Down is the perfect book to have handy on your nightstand when you are itching for a good mystery to solve. 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, but although it is the longest book so far, I knew that Raleigh had to eventually solve the case and get off that cruise ship Raleigh and her mother are along for the ride on a cruise with her Aunt Charlotte and Charlotte s crazy psychic friend, who just happens to grate on Raleigh s last nerve every time she s in the room Raleigh has taken a job as a consultant for a Hollywood movie, and plans to do some rock hunting and hiking on her sort of vacation But as you d expect, someone ends up dying and Raleigh is pulled into solving the murder before the cruise ends and all the suspects get away.Raleigh is newly engaged, but still unsure of her feelings for the southern gentleman back home, even ignoring his calls and using work as a buffer against dealing with the truth Her mother is mentally fragile and with all that is going on, Raleigh is not able to keep an eye on her like she normally would, shielding her with lies and evasion to the point that she doesn t like herself very much.Jack, an FBI agent from her past, flies in to help her with the case, further confusing her feelings about marriage to her fianc , DeMott.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 about Raleigh and what makes her tick Disclaimer I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Raleigh plans to vacation in Alaska with her mother, aunt, and an irritating clairvoyant, to think about her engagement and her ambivalence about it However, plans change when a woman disappears and then is discovered hanging off the side of the cruise ship As an FBI agent, Raleigh realizes that the vacation is over Additionally, when she asks her office for help, a handsome agent she remembers as a down putting thorn in her side volunteers to join her She can t forget the trouble he caused her as a new FBI agent Raleigh also must admit that her mother s fragile mental state worsens by the day She feels responsible for the deterioration She feels worse when her mother, afraid of her, refuses to see her in the hospital This book is for those who enjoy clues and forensics Raleigh works through the evidence with precision and her conclusions ring true The author knows forensics, or has a good adviser The action slows in places Readers find a logic puzzle than an action movie with exceptions.The background story of family gives truth and interest to Raleigh s character Though Raleigh is Christian, it doesn t have much to do with the story, although there is nothing a Christian would avoid Crimes happen off screen without a lot of description Though one of the villains is a pornographer, the author handles descriptions of his pornography lightly.A good novel for those who enjoy unusual facts and detail. Would have to be in my top 10 of best book by a Christian author in mystery suspense as a Christian author Interesting characters I liked and I am hard to please A relative with mental stuff I can relate to since I have been there I guessed the culprit wrong also Loved the setting in Alaska since my 2nd son lives in this area as a boat captain and resort employee Now I have info to play with him on since I have not been there myself Great setting for a mystery I will read all her books in this series if possible and nominate them for my Christian group reads. Everything S Going To Work Out Time Away Always Makes Things BetterThat 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 RomancepBut 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 FreepEngulfed By One Of Her Toughest Cases Yet, Raleigh Requests Assistance From The FBI And Receives Her Nemesis Handsome 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 As Arrogant As She Originally ThoughtpAnd That S Only Her Work Life Family Offers Even Challenges Joined On The Cruise By Her Mother And Aunt, Raleigh Watches Helplessly As Disturbing Rifts Splinter Her FamilypLike The Scenery That Surrounds The Cruise Ship, Raleigh Discovers A Mystery So Daunting That Even The Mountains Might Bow Down Before It

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Mountains Bow Down (Raleigh Harmon Mysteries, #4)
  • Sibella Giorello
  • English
  • 20 July 2019
  • 9781595545350

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