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The Mountains Bow Down (Raleigh Harmon Mysteries #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.

But when a
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ebook, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2011)
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Karen
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Trisia
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.....
MC
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Giovanni Gelati
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nora St Laurent
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Barbara Brink
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Patricia Kirk
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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C.J. Darlington
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bex Montgomery
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, but I've seen 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 fe ...more
Tracy
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jacque Stengel
What a fun read with lots of characters and mystery with some romance thrown in! The humor is really what got me into the story, but seeing more of Alaska through the MC eyes was a great addition to the story. While this is considered a Christian book, the book is not preachy at all and actually could be shelved under general fiction. It wasn't a page turner for me and I was able to figure out the mystery pretty easily but the book was just fun to read and would recommend to anyone looking for s ...more
Suzie Terres
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It got slightly tedious towards the end with too much scientific detail and the ending was abrupt but I will definitely read more books in this series!
Phyllis Halstead
The Mountains Bow Down

A very well planned, plotted and written mystery. I was very interested in the information about rocks. I would highly recommend this book. Phyllis
Cathy
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, V
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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
Joelle
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mishel Zabala
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
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
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Nina
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Victor Gentile
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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WifeMomKnitter
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksneeze
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
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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,
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Renee
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only did the latest installment of my favorite mystery series teach me what a phillumenist is (I'll wait while you look it up), it also spurred me to rearrange my destination wish list (for all those "someday" trips) by bumping an Alaskan cruise up to 4th place. Plus the story provided a grand adventure with an exciting climax!

However, when I first read that beleaguered FBI Specialist Raleigh Harmon would be working her latest case with handsome nemesis Jack Stephanson while fiance DeMott Fi
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Joelle
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Grace
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
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LuAnn
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by this author I’ve read. The first was “The Clouds Roll Away”
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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
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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
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Shannon
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carly
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-favorites
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
Laura
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: THE MOUNTAINS BOW DOWN
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
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