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The Mountains Bow Down (Raleigh Harmon Mystery #4)

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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.pBut when a pas...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2011)
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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 clarif...more
After being transferred back and forth between Virginia and Washington several times, Raleigh Harmon decides it's time for a vacation to sort things out. When her aunt has a connection for a cruise to Alaska, Raleigh sets sail for a much needed rest. However, on the first night things are turned upside down when a woman is found dead on board the ship. And not just any woman, the wife of a Hollywood actor. Having to switch gears from vacation to work, Raleigh asks for help so they can solve the...more
Giovanni Gelati
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...more
Pat W. Kirk
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...more
Barbara Brink
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 ha...more
Nora St Laurent
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 R...more
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...more
Timothy Stone
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 mineralo...more
Mar 25, 2011 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: LitFuse
This is a FANTASTIC addition to the Raleigh Harmon novels. 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.

Newly engaged FBI Agent Raleigh Harmon needs to get away to make sure things will be all right, and she's making the right choice. But...more
Gail Welborn
The Mountains Bow Down, (a Raleigh Harmon Mystery), by Sibello Giorello, Thomas Nelson, 2011, 384 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1595545350, $14.99

When FBI agent Raleigh Harmon, forensic minerals and geology specialist, heard the Captain announce a “situation” required the Alaskan cruise ships immediate return to sea, instead of docking in Ketchikan, she “sensed her [working] vacation was officially over.” Outside of ship security she was the only law enforcement on board.

She also knew only one maritime l...more
One beef I have with Christian fiction is that it rarely offers good mystery novels, so when Book Sneeze offered free copies of The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello to bloggers, I ordered one. I was pleasantly surprised. As a mystery, it’s not bad: Raleigh Harmon, a geologist with the FBI, is on an Alaskan cruise when she is the first to recognize that the suicide of an on-board movie star’s wife is not actually suicide. The book took a bit too long to hook me, and a few plot details didn’...more
Mishel Zabala
My Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Raleigh Harmon is on a much needed vacation on a cruise to Alaska. The company may not be ideal but the break from work is certainly welcomed. Her eccentric aunt has arranged Raleigh to be a consultant for a movie being filmed on the cruise. The lead actor is supposed to be an FBI agent in the movie but his acting skills might get in the way of the movie actually being good. But when the actor’s wife is found hanging off the side of the giant ship Raleigh’s vacation become...more
Victor Gentile
I had the privilege of interviewing Sibella Giorello, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for her new book, "The Mountains Bow Down" Book Four in the Raleigh Harmon series published by Thomas Nelson.

Raleigh Harmon, FBI Special Agent and Forensic Geologist, is on a cruise to Alaska with her mother, Aunt and her aunt's friend. This is a free cruise as Raleigh is technically, a consultant for a movie company filing on board ship, which is how she received the free tickets. Everything is going f...more
Author: Sibella Giorello
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-535-0
Genre: Inspirational/suspense

FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon needs a vacation. So, she boards a cruise ship to Alaska with her mother, her aunt, and her aunt’s friend, Claire the Clairvoyant. The backdrop of the Last Frontier is a dream destination for Raleigh as she’s hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and a romance that seems to be dying.

But when the ship calls for a Man O...more
I believe that the best Christian fiction are those that teach you something without coming off as preachy and holier-than-thou. This book, The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello, is a perfect example of a Christian-oriented novel that subtly blends fiction with Christianity. The story is about Raleigh Harmon, a workaholic FBI agent who goes on a vacation (sort of) and gets on a cruise, only to find herself caught in the middle of a mysterious death of another passenger that she stubbornly i...more
Mar 24, 2011 Rebekah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery and Suspense fans, Looking for Clean Read, Strong Female Lead, Bones Fans, Kathy Reichs Fans
I sort of put off reading this book. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s just my natural tendency towards procrastination, but I think it was more than that. I’m always a little nervous when picking up title from an author whose work is new to me, as this was. I’m kind of a sucker for female FBI agents in suspense, butI'veseen it done enchantingly and well... not so well. I was holding my breath, and tensed a bit as I started this book, not sure which category it would fall into, and literally felt my...more
Sometimes it’s the silliest things that make me want to read a particular book, often having little or nothing to do with the actual story. I find this quirk of mine to be an asset most of the time, particularly with this book. The story did not sound especially interesting to me, but what did interest me was the setting. I was very interested in reading a book set in Alaska, as I always am. Frankly, this book could have taken place in Cleveland and I still would have enjoyed it. I have not read...more
From the book synopsis:
"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 get lost at sea. The ship's securi...more
Kaity-Jane Culbertson
I read The Clouds Roll Away last month when my friend, Katy, let me borrow it. I enjoyed the story and while it didn't make it onto my favorites list it was good enough to where I got the next book - The Mountains Bow Down. 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 person...more
An Alaskan cruise vacation puts Raleigh Harmon in the middle of a murder. As an FBI agent, her skills and observations tell her that this is not a suicide, as others think, and she embarks on an investigation to prove it. What is standing in her way? Time - she has five days; Geert - a Dutch policeman who works for the cruise line; Milo Carpenter - actor and husband of the dead woman; consulting on an actual movie; and Jack Stephanson - FBI agent assigned to help her, and someone with whom she h...more
Apr 20, 2011 Tracy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery and suspense fans who like a strong, flawed heroine.
Solid Suspense in a Phenomenal Setting
FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon needed this vacation, but she sure didn't need to get stuck on a ship with 2,000 other people invading her personal space. She's nearly desperate to get into the Alaskan port of Ketchikan and take a hike in the most beautiful landscape she will likely ever see, finding rocks and minerals to add to her collection in this geologist's paradise. Then a trio of deep, bellowing sounds shatters the air and further wrecks her already...more
I received this book through a Goodreads givaway.

As a big fan of NCIS I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Mountains Bow Down had it all- mystery, a hint of romance, a great setting, well developed characters, and even a few things that NCIS doesn't have, like the mention of God. The Christian theme was what made me intially want to read this book. God wasn't an overwhelming force, but you could sense his presence here and there in the story. Truthfully, I'd say I began the book hoping for God, b...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

Suspense books-inspirational genre or mainstream-do not get much better than Sibella Giorello's Raleigh Harmon series. I was first introduced to Sibella's work in December when I read The Clouds Roll Away, and what I stated in that review still stands true: Sibella Giorella is my queen of suspense writing. I read this book in one sitting, and at 369 pages in 8 hours, that is a testament to the riveting storyline.

This book is a characte...more
This was the first book I have ever read by Sibella Giorello. It began slow but after a few chapters became really interesting and towards the end I could not put it down. It was about a female FBI agent who was a geologist, it was interesting how gems and minerals helped to solve the case. It might be even better if you read the other three of the series first but I enjoyed reading it as a stand alone novel.

Everything's going to work out. Time away always makes things better...That's what FBI S...more
Amber French
Raleigh Harmon needs a vacation. She goes on a cruise to Alaska with her mother, aunt and her aunt’s friend, needing some time away from her fiancé and the life they’ll soon share. It’s not long before her vacation takes a deadly turn when a body is found hanging on the side of the ship. Raleigh quickly determines the woman was murdered – not the suicide everyone wants to believe. She has until the cruise ends to find out who’s responsible. While solving this case, she must also figure out her f...more
Michelle Padrelanan
I have featured The Mountains Bow Down (A Raleigh Harmon Novel) by Sibella Giorello in my previous post before. After reading the summary, I was quite excited to finally receive this book and read it.

Raleigh Harmon is an FBI Special Agent and forensic geologist who is off on a cruise to Alaska. Acting as a consultant for a movie being filmed on board, she hopes to have time to explore the beauties of the mountains of Alaska. She is joined on this cruise by her mother, who has a mental condition,...more
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 rul...more
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.

My thoughts and Review

Wow! Just happened to pick this book up at the library because the cover and Bio intrigued me and glad I did.This s...more
This is the second book by this author I’ve read. The first was “The Clouds Roll Away”
First off, let me say I’m such a huge fan of Sibella Giorello. She is an excellent writer and her stories have such wonderful descriptions (see passages below for examples). She is a former journalist and I love reading books by those who are or have been in my chosen profession. In journalism classes, we learn how to capture the reader’s attention and keep it. Gone are the days of the “inverted pyramid.” Now...more
The Mountains Bow Down (A Raleigh Harmon Novel)

Raleigh Harmon, a forensic geologist turned FBI special agent, is on an Alaskan cruise vacation when murder on board forces her to put her vacation on hold in The Mountains Bow Down. While investigating the death of a movie star's wife, Raleigh tries to keep her mother's fragile sanity from breaking. She is helped in her case by rugged and handsome Special Agent Jack Stephanson. His presence only adds to her confusion about her engagement to her high school sweetheart back home in Richmond, VA....more
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Sibella Giorello is author of the Raleigh Harmon series, featuring the kickin-cool forensic geologist who insists luck doesn't exist.
In addition to winning the Christy Award for best first novel, Sibella's writing has garnered dozens of journalism awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize.
A fourth-generation Alaskan, Sibella now lives in the mountains of Washington state with he...more
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