The Clouds Roll Away – Book Review

I am excited to be a part of litfuse’s blog tour for Clouds Roll Over.
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.
Sounds good doesn’t it?

The book is set in Southern Virginia. Racial tensions stir when a well known black rapper moves into the neighborhood and a cross is burned in the front yard. Detective Raleigh finds out this is not just an ordinary hate crime, it’s much more. As with any good detective book, the detective butts heads with authority to get to the truth.
This book started out a bit slow for me, but soon I was hooked. A very well written book that I would definitely recommend to a friend.

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 her website.

Purchase the book here. It sells for $10.19.
Check out litfuse for the blog tour schedule. And check out this awesome giveawy below!

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

Find out more here!
This book was given to me free of charge by the PR company for review purposes. This did not affect my opinions, my opinions are my own.


I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. I love giveaways!