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Friday, January 07, 2011

Blog Tour: The Clouds Roll Away

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity for providing a free review copy of this book. No other compensation was received for this review. The opinions contained herein are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

Mysteries are right up my alley. I like the inevitable twists and turns and love when I can't figure out "who-dunnit" until the very end.

I had not come across Sibella Giorello's work before and didn't know what to expect when I signed up to review the clouds roll away. No need to worry - this book did not disappoint in the least.

Although one book in an ongoing series, the clouds roll away can be read on its own. The heroine, Raleigh Harmon, is unique and charming. I love that she's not a typical detective or private investigator but instead specializes in forensic geology. For me, her charm lies in the fact that she tries to do what is right but can't always figure it out. She's human, not some stiff, artificial portrayal of a human.

The plot was quite interesting to me. I won't give any spoilers but will simply say that many of the main characters (the KKK, a famous rapper, and Raleigh's friend - to name a few) are not exactly what they seem. Not knowing what would happen next kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through the book.

If you like clean mysteries, you'll like this book.

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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