Thursday, February 24, 2011

THE MOUNTAINS BOW DOWN by Sibella Giorello

This ain't the Love Boat.

Forensic geologist and FBI agent Raleigh Harmon was looking forward to exploring the Alaskan landscape during a much needed vacation. That was until a passenger is found hanging off the side of the cruise liner. Instead of relaxing in the sun on a deck chair or hiking through the wilderness with a rock hammer, Raleigh is pulled into a confusing mystery linked to Hollywood starlets. And the more she digs, the more she discovers a web of deceit and narcissism. And she only has a few days before the cruise ship ends and all her suspects disperse throughout the world.

I'd been reading a lot of good things about Sibella Giorello and her Raleigh Harmon series. This is book three in the series, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to see what all the buzz was about. The mystery was good, but it never fully captured my attention. I found the plot a little confusing with too many characters and suspects. Because Raleigh is a forensic geologist, there was a great deal of information about science and rock properties. This makes Raleigh a very unique character and Sibella's story lines different from any plots I've ever read. But I've always had a difficult time wrapping my brain around scientific subjects, which may have been a reason I found it difficult to become engaged in this book.

Sibella Giorello is a good writer, and her book The Stones Cry Out won a Christy Award. Maybe it would have helped if I'd read the first two books in the series, but The Mountains Bow Down didn't meet my expectations. If you're interested, you can read an excerpt from her book.

2 out of 5

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishes as part of their blogger review program. I am 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 and Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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