Friday, December 31, 2010

The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello

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 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.

About The Clouds Roll Away: 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 to unravel. Her mother's mental health cracks like ice, her closest friend grows cold, and her old boyfriend DeMott comes a-calling, hoping for more than chestnuts by an open fire.

While the city glows with Christmas lights and carols, Raleigh is forced to rely on her sharpest skills to stay alive, hoping for that one clear moment when everything makes sense and the clouds roll away.

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Sibella’s celebrating the release of The Clouds Roll Away by giving away a KINDLE prize pack worth over $150.00!


One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi

  • $25 gift certificate to

To enter simply click on one of the icons below! Then tell your friends! Winner will be announced January 3, 2011 on Sibella's blog:

About The Clouds Roll Away - "Beautifully written with exquisite descriptions, Giorello's mystery also features well-developed characters..."
—Booklist, starred review

Here is my review of this suspenseful read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sibella Giorello and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Clouds Roll Away" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“The Clouds Roll Away” is my first exposure to author Sibella Giorello, but it certainly will not be my last. The reader opens the first page of this novel with the highly suspenseful story already in full motion. Raleigh Harmon is a forensic geologist returning home to Richmond, Virginia only to find herself investigating the Ku Klux Klan-esque burning of a cross on the estate of a celebrity.

Raleigh’s investigation reveals lots of resentful neighbors who want to see the beauty of the southern plantation and its way of life preserved. In the midst of this horrible crime, Raleigh’s personal life also leaves much to be desired, revealing dysfunctional relationships with her mother and a former beau. This thought-provoking mystery will have the reader turning pages late into the night as the powerful prose, like a glass of cool iced tea on a hot summer night, teases the senses and sensibilities. This third installment in the Raleigh Harmon series is a solid stand-alone read. But this character is so enjoyable, I highly recommend checking out the first two books in this series. I know I will.

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