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North to Alaska & A Cruise!

FBI Agent Raleigh Harmon is on a working vacation, consulting for a film company while talking a leisurely Alaskan cruise. She’s with her mom and her Aunt, and looking forward to a wonderful, relaxing voyage full of good food and beautiful scenery. Unfortunately not everyone on the ship is invested in having a good time, and Raleigh finds herself in charge of a murder investigation, searching for stolen property, and seeking the leader of a pornography distribution ring.

Adding to Raleigh’s pressure is a supposed clairvoyant who isn’t sighted enough to realize Raleigh’s mother suffers fragile metal health, an insufferable partner from her past, and a fiance back home who thinks she should call him every hour for vacation updates. Breathtaking scenery aside, this is probably the least relaxing vacation Raleigh has ever had. It was also one heck of a good read!

The Mountains Bow Down , by Sibella Giorello had me totally engrossed by the bottom of the first page. I read during the ferry trip to the mainland, I read in the doctor’s office rather than worrying about Amoeba’s procedure, I read on the ferry trip home, and when I got home I continued to read.

This is book four in a series. In my review of book three, The Clouds Roll Away, I explained that each story stands alone. I have not read the first two books in the series, but that did not interfere with my engagement in and enjoyment of the last two books; however, I am now even more interested in getting the first two books and now’s the perfect time!

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The Clouds Roll Away was a dark yet compelling read. The Mountains Bow Down was no less compelling, but it wasn’t as violent and gritty as book three in the series, making it easy to read in one sitting. However, no matter her subject matter, 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.

Win a Cruise Package!

Sibella’s celebrating the release of The Mountains Bow Down with a blog tour, a Cruise prize pack worth over $500 and a Facebook Party! Don’t miss a minute of the fun.

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 click one of the icons below. 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!

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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.

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 on board, 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 on board, 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.

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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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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.”

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I had to start a book wish list because I was getting carried away with the ease of buying books on my Kindle. Every time you recommended one I clicked the one button buying option. So, it is all your fault. 🙂

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