Monday, March 21, 2011

The Mountains Bow Down

Thanks to LitFuse Group and Thomas Nelson for providing this book to review. I was not required to write a favorable review.

I am hooked! Initially I was not sure what I thought about this series. It felt sad to me. You can check out my review of the last book in this series. I was intrigued by this book because it takes place on an Alaskan cruise. We spent part of our honeymoon on one and we just loved it.

This book just solidified that I will be a permanent fan of this series. It also dealt with some tough things and had a sad undertone. However, this felt less sad to me than the last one. Also, there were some things about the last book that just didn't ring true, which were addressed here. 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. Check this and the other books in this series. At the end of the post there is an opportunity for an affordable way to start reading this series.

  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.

Link to buy the book:

BIG NEWS: 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.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. Please RSVP  and if you have questions you'd like to chat about - leave them on the Event page.


  1. I also reviewed this book and liked it. Have a great week! :O)

  2. What a lovely, thoughtful review. Thank you so much.