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The Clouds Roll Away (Raleigh Harmon Mysteries #3)

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Raleigh Harmon's life seems as impossible to solve as the high-profile case she's pursuing.

Closing her assignment with the FBI's Seattle office, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, expecting a warm welcome. Instead she finds herself investigating an ugly cross burning at a celebrity's mansion and standing in the crosshairs of he
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Thomas Nelson
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Donna
Jan 14, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book was a solid 3 stars all the way through. I did the audio and it started off with an interview with the author. Those are usually at the end of an audiobook and therefore, easy to skip. But this one was at the beginning. Before I could hit the fast forward button, it was mentioned that she was from Alaska....which caught my attention because I'm from Alaska. I was impressed with how the author presented herself. She said she wanted to write a book she would want to read. She mixed myste ...more
C.J. Darlington
I've now read this novel twice, and it's just as good the second time around as the first. Love Giorello's writing.
Jodie
Dec 15, 2010 Jodie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, litfuse
"And then, just as quickly, the clouds returned, leaving us to walk by faith, not by sight." Raleigh finally returns home to Virginia after serving her "penance" in Washington for not following her supervisor's rules. She is thrust into the case of RPM, a famous rapper, when a cross is found burned in his yard. After not following her supervisor's strict rules once again, Raleigh is told to solve the case before the end of the year or be sent away again. But when she feels her "insider" is up to ...more
Ruth
Mar 31, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing
While mystery/thriller-type books are not my usual read, I haven't had the best luck lately with my usual historical/romantic-type fiction, and there was something intriguing about this one, so when Phenix & Phenix Publicists offered me a complimentary review copy, I accepted. First of all, the author, Sibella Giorello can write, and write beautifully. I'm a rapid reader, I read for ideas, not details, as a general rule. I devour books, I don't generally savor them. Language is usually the m ...more
Linda
Jul 03, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
The book was pretty good but I did not know it was Christian fiction until I was pretty far into it. It's tough to buy an FBI agent who is such a goody goody and a scientist who doesn't believe in evolution. I'm suppose to believe she can go undercover into an armed crack house but that she can't make eye contact with a man she is interested in? It felt like a 1960's censored TV show where the couples all sleep in twin beds, and we are supposed to pretend the world is different than it really is ...more
Michelle
For me this was more like 3.5 stars but closer to three than four, so that's why I gave it three. Interestingly enough, I read through chapter 7 of The Stones Cry Out and never had the desire to pick it up again, so I didn't. But then I'd read some positive things about this author's work and saw some nominations for awards and thought maybe I missed something. So I agreed to do a blog tour for this book.

I did finish The Clouds Roll Away because I agreed to post a review for the tour, or I prob
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Nike Chillemi
Sep 03, 2010 Nike Chillemi rated it really liked it
How do you come back from being stuck in the boonies on a disciplinary assignment with a modicum of self-respect? When she comes home, FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon has to run that gauntlet and face Victoria Phaup, her supervisor who hates her.

She’s back in her beloved Richmond, Virginia, assigned to a case and trying to keep her nose clean. Unfortunately that’s not going as well as she’d hoped. Phaup opens another investigation of her professional actions, which could send her back out to a
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Laura
Mar 17, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Raleigh Harmon is finally back home in Richmond, Virginia, after being sent to Seattle, Washington in disciplinary action. But she is hardly getting a warm welcome. Instead, her new supervisor seems to have it in for her, putting her on phone calls for a task force, and yet expecting her to devote full attention to a cross burning at a local celebrity’s mansion.

Raleigh is having trouble getting to the bottom of the case too. The deeper she digs, the murkier the waters become, making her wonder
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Dec 21, 2010 Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery and thriller lovers
Recommended to Lydia by: Litfuse
I haven't picked up a true suspense book since my Mary Higgins Clark high school days. I always found suspense books that fit under the "inspirational/Christian" heading to be too predictable or sugar coated. Sometimes a girl just wants a gritty book to scare a few years off her life. This is probably why I loved this book so much-it doesn't hold back the reality of investigating gruesome crimes or go with the obvious storyline. The Clouds Roll Away will have you guessing "who'dunnit" right up t ...more
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Dec 22, 2010 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs rated it it was amazing
Sibella is a new to me author. WOW! This story was so true to life without any of the gore. I was pulled in from the very first page and kept on the edge of my seat the entire time. I like how she handled the racial issues, they weren't overdrawn out. I had no idea this book was part of a series prior to being asked to review it, or while I was reading it, this could easily stand alone. I am interested in getting the other books in the series to read as I really enjoyed this one. I would highly ...more
Trisia
Jun 19, 2015 Trisia rated it really liked it
This was Ms. Giorello's best yet!!! I couldn't put it down.
Cindy
Sep 05, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
Powerful & exciting Christian mystery. Looking forward to next in series. Well narrated. Highly recommended‼ ...more
Bruce Judisch
Apr 06, 2010 Bruce Judisch rated it it was amazing
FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is back in Richmond, and it's about time.

In The Clouds Roll Away, our intrepid forensic geologist turned special agent finds herself once again embroiled in a racially charged federal crime. And, at first blush, everything seems normal, predictable: on the surface, the notorious Ku Klux Klan is on a crusade against a hip-hop mogul who has the audacity to move into and garishly rennovate a historically sensitive plantation along the hallowed James River; on the su
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Renee
Mar 06, 2011 Renee rated it it was amazing
I’ve always been drawn to a well-written mystery or detective novel. Some of my favorite protagonists have been quirky, angst-ridden men and women detectives who delved into the seedy side of life to save those who couldn’t save themselves. However, these intense characters usually ended up in stories that were too graphic, and often too hopeless, for me to follow to their inevitable outcomes.

After a while, I realized the view of life presented in these stories was oppressing my sense of optimis
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Manda
Feb 23, 2010 Manda rated it really liked it
The second book, in Sibella Giorello's Raleigh Harmon series, The Clouds Roll Away finds Raleigh back in her hometown of Richmond, Virgina after closing her assignment in Seattle. She is immediately pulled in investigating a cross burning at a celebrities estate. With this new case and her still unhappy boss at the Bureau, Detective Harmon receives anything but a peaceful homecoming. The deeper Raleigh gets into the case the more she realizes there is more to be found. On top of everything at wo ...more
Cafelilybookreviews
Dec 16, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it
One of the things I like most about Sibella Giorello (besides the fact that she has a very beautiful name) is her ability to mesh relevant stories and characters with old school settings. Her subject matter and locations always fascinate me. Sibella’s talent shines in this book where she takes readers on an exploration of hate crimes, racial tensions and an FBI case that could easily be taken from today’s headline news. No wonder this title made the “top ten pick of 2010” list on Booklist.

I thi
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Barbara Brink
Dec 11, 2010 Barbara Brink rated it really liked it
The Clouds Roll Away is the third book in Sibella Giorello’s Raleigh Harmon series. FBI Special agent Raleigh is back in Richmond after a disciplinary transfer to Seattle for a year. She is happy to be home again, but before she can really settle in and get back to normal, a cross burning in front of the plantation house that a well-known black rapper has recently moved into, starts racial tensions soaring and brings unwelcome media attention to bear on how the case is handled. Her supervisor wa ...more
Julia
Dec 10, 2010 Julia rated it really liked it
The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello was a welcome read this holiday season. I found myself immersed in FBI Agent Raleigh Harmon's life from the very beginning. Because I am a recent convert to the Catholic Church, I loved the way Sibella describes the inner dialog that Raleigh has with herself throughout this riveting tale! I loved the imagery and I fell in love with Raleigh as a person.

I'm not sure what will strike other readers from this story but for me, the relationship that Raleigh has
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Mishel Zabala
Mar 12, 2010 Mishel Zabala rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Here’s another review that I waited WAY too long to write… and this time I’m actually pretty peeved at myself because I really enjoyed THE CLOUDS ROLL AWAY. I knew beforehand that the book was considered Christian Fiction and while I’m slowly starting to introduce myself to the genre, it still shocks the crap out of me when I find one that exceeds all of my expectations.

THE CLOUDS ROLL AWAY is a mystery/suspense/thriller that had me addicted to it in the first few chapters. Raleigh Harmon is a
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Nancy
Dec 19, 2010 Nancy added it
Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns home for Christmas but discovers Richmond, Virginia running low on goodness and light.

Although her exemplary service in Seattle lifted her disciplinary transfer, Raleigh lands a hometown civil rights case riddled with problems that could get her sent away again. When she helps out a fellow cop, her life goes on the line, forcing her undercover in a sting operation. As Raleigh realizes the lines are crossing and double-crossing, her domestic life starts t
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Sunflower
"The Clouds Roll Away" by Sibella Giorello is a Christian/Mystery that follows , Raleigh Harmon, a Forensic geologist agent as she works to solve a civil rights issue in Richmond, Virginia. Riddled with mature content that is not suitable for those who are more discerned with their reading content, "The Clouds Roll Away" is a gritty suspense story that, though it alludes to discussion of faith, faith plays more of a small part in a mostly suspense filled story.

Although I felt the first few chapt
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Christy Lockstein
Mar 12, 2010 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it
The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giroello is the third book in the Raleigh Harmon series about a Virginia FBI agent with a specialty in mineralogy. Raleigh has returned home from her exile in Washington and is assigned a hate crimes case against a high-profile rap star known for his philanthropy. Her boss hates her and regularly throws her scut jobs, including working the phones on a gang task force which leads to more troubles with authority as well as an up close and personal view of the gang m ...more
Amber French
Dec 08, 2010 Amber French rated it really liked it
Raleigh Harmon has just returned from a transfer with the FBI back to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. On the heels of her homecoming, Raleigh finds herself in an investigation centering around a cross burning at a famous rapper’s home. Her boss is pushing her to solve the case as soon as possible and the deeper she digs, the more complicated things become. Raleigh also begins work on a gang task force. The lines between the two seemingly separate cases start to blur with each new development ...more
Chrissy
Mar 01, 2010 Chrissy rated it liked it

I started reading the clouds Roll Away before I found out that this book is part of a series. This book could be read as a stand alone book, however reading the first of the series and then going on from there would of got me more into this book I believe.

I had some places where I got lost and had to go back to get caught up and other spots to me were a little drawn out. This book wasn't a bad book I did enjoy it after getting threw the middle of the book where I felt it dragged out. I think I w
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Staci
Jul 04, 2010 Staci rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
My Thoughts:
First off, I can't believe that I read book 3 in a series without reading 1 and 2...this totally blows me away. I never read out of order...EVER. I really feel that it hindered my ability to enjoy this book. There were several references to Raleigh's past behavior which landed her in trouble with the FBI and caused her to be reassigned to Richmond. I felt the NEED to know the why and how and without those first two books under my belt I was a bit lost. I don't like this feeling at al
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Sherrie
May 09, 2010 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
This book started off kind of slow, but boy did it pick up and move along really fast. And I just found out this is the third book in a series. The first book is The Stones Cry Out, the second book Rivers Run Dry and due out Fall of 2010 is The Mountains Bow Down. Now I'm going to have to get the first 2 so I can find out what happens to Raleigh before. She has just come back from Settle where she was kind of banned for disciplinary problems with her last case. So now Raleigh is given a case tha ...more
Ariel
Jan 07, 2011 Ariel rated it really liked it
This book was not my normal genre, so it took me a long time to get into it. While I do love suspense and mystery (and my two favorite tv shows are crime labs) I don't like reading about detectives and such. So this book started out really slow for me. However, once it got started it was really good! One thing that kept me on my seat was the twists and turns regarding both the cross burning and her fragile relationships. I felt so horrible for her every time her former best friend said something ...more
Patrick Miller
Mar 07, 2011 Patrick Miller rated it it was amazing
I read this book for its tourism connection to modern Richmond and the James River Plantations. With so many historical novels about Richmond, it was intriguing to read about modern day settings. As part of the feature for the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative, I designed a tourism guide for the novel complete with photos, links, and an excerpt for readers interested in visiting the area. Sibella was very helpful in setting up the tourism guide and getting the photos. This area is very be ...more
Heather
Oct 15, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Excellent, just as the first two books were. Giorello does an amazing job of keeping things sufficiently enigmatic to keep you interested. She does a lot of research, and it's obvious. I learned a lot from it. The spiritual aspects were well-done, subtly giving a human response from Raleigh at certain times, but without revealing too much emotion the rest of the time. I Loved the pacing, the symbolism, the characters.
An excellent read for someone who wants a good piece of educational Christian
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Sibella Giorello writes the award-winning and bestselling mystery series starring forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon. The first book in the series, "The Stones Cry Out," won a Christy Award for excellence. Since then, many more Raleigh Harmon mysteries have followed, including a bestselling YA series in which the 15-year-old budding geologist uses mineralogy to solve crimes in her hometown of Richm ...more
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