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 optimism. And I found myself wishing the detective/protagonist had more to offer the sad folks in the books. Eventually, I began to loath entering those story worlds and reading the “realistic” portrayal of down-and-out folks who were wasting their lives on transitory things. I’d imagine how the story would be transformed if the author presented her characters with the hope of a better life to come and approached her novel from an eternal perspective.
Then I discovered the world of Raleigh Harmon as created by Sibella Giorello. Sibella’s books have all the elements I love in great contemporary detective literature–tight writing, clever dialogue, great plot twists, eccentric characters, intense protagonists wrestling with inner demons. But Sibella’s story world has something to offer that the others don’t: a biblical world view. These suspense novels ring more true for me than any others. Because I truly believe that only through Christ can you view the flawed humans and misery of the world around you exactly as they are and still have hope!
Who is Raleigh Harmon? Here’s the blurb about her from the back of the book: She’s a forensic geologist who returns home for Christmas but discovers that Richmond, Virginia, is 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.
If you’re a lover of detective novels and police procedurals and the gritty world in which the men and women featured in them thrive, this suspense-filled novel is for you! It’s fast-paced and sure to entertain with its well-drawn characters and clever plot twists. And the subtle spiritual themes give it depth and hope. Follow this link to purchase a copy of the book for yourself.
About the Author: 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 writer 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 this link to her website.
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 Amazon.com
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: http://sibellagiorello.blogspot.com/.