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The Stars Shine Bright (A Raleigh Harmon Novel) Paperback – July 16, 2012
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“. . . gifted novelist . . . more than once I found myself awed by her vivid word pictures.” (Crosswalk)
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But that trip revealed a crucial piece of my future. Every town I passed through, I picked up the local newspaper. I liked reading about people--I liked hearing about their lives, their towns, their struggles. Not long after that 4,000-mile motorcycle trip, I landed a reporting job in America's most fabulous storytelling region: The South.
For ten years, I wrote features for two newspapers in Richmond, Virginia. Mostly, I wrote about ordinary people doing extraordinary things--an 80-year-old woman who grew up dirt-poor but suddenly became a celebrated poet; a family of six whose young father was diagnosed with brain cancer yet refused to lose hope; a city councilwoman who was half-crazy (maybe fully crazy) but really loved her constituents; a chaplain for Virginia's death row who listened to the inmates confess before execution. Those stories came my way like weighty blessings--I never felt worthy of writing them, yet here they were, asking to be written. Among other awards, they earned two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. The people in those stories deserved to win; I didn't.
After having kids, I left daily journalism and started writing fiction. Raleigh Harmon, forensic geologist and sometime FBI agent, kicked her way into existence and has no plans for going away. Just the opposite. In addition to the many mysteries that feature her as an adult investigator, there's also a parallel YA Raleigh Harmon mystery series, which shows her fight for survival and meaning during the brutal high school years.
My husband, Joe, and I now live in the mountains of Washington state. Joe's a blues musician from Queens NY. So, a wise guy. Our sons are wise guys, too, proudly carrying forward our family tradition of sowing wild oats--really, just ask their school administrators.
If you'd like to know more about my books, or even me, please visit my website at www.sibellawrites.com.
You can also drop me a line on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/SibellaGiorelloAuthor
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Top Customer Reviews
In addition to dealing with arrogant trainers and betting mobsters, she also has Jack as her immediate contact with the FBI. Jack, with his irritating sense of humor and apparent infatuation with Raleigh. And then her fiancé, DeMott, insists on flying out from Richmond with the dog dying for Raleigh's affection.
Raleigh's life is in danger as someone is out to harm the horses and get rid of her. And she puts her own career in danger (again) as she goes outside the bounds of accepted FBI protocol to track down the criminals. While she uncovers the animal loving terrorists who have been causing damage in the Pacific Northwest for years, she may be also ruining her own career.
I really like this series. Giorello is a gifted author. There is snappy dialog, quirky characters, and faith lived out in the day to day activities of Raleigh. Add to that the informative descriptions of the varied landscape of Washington State, from the scablands of eastern Washington to fault ridden Puget Sound. Geological background information is deftly woven into the story line. Living the Pacific Northwest, it is a treat to read about familiar places in a novel. And Giorello gets extra points for having Jack mention Deception Pass, a nearby favorite of mine.
This is a well written novel. Although it is the fifth book in a continuing series, Giorello weaves in enough background information from previous books that you won't be lost if this is the first you read.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
After almost losing her life in a locked stall when a fire breaks out and seeing horses come down with mysterious symptoms that are leading to their deaths, Harmon realizes there's a lot more at stake here than someone lining their pockets.
Matching wits with the bad guys, her "aunt" (a Tennessee Williams quoting stable owner), and FBI agent Jack Stephanson keeps her on the top of her game and keeps the reader chomping at the bit for more.
Although it may be the fifth book in the series, it is the first Raleigh Harmon book I have read, and after tapping the last page on my kindle I asked myself how in the world I could have missed this fantastic crime novel series. Raleigh Harmon has certainly risen to the top of my "favorite crime fighters" list.
Harmon is at her best with a case on her mind and a Glock in her hand, even as she struggles with affairs of the heart. She's smart, savvy, and sassy - all the while remaining sensitive to God's leading. She's the complete package, not only a special agent but also a forensic geologist, which satisfies my geeky side. (Is that a bent toward creation science I sense, Ms. Harmon?) She's also a caring daughter desiring a mended relationship with her mother, who was admitted into a mental institution after a break with reality.
If you have read the previous Giorello's books, I'm certain you will enjoy hanging out with Raleigh Harmon again. As a newbie to the series, I am certain that I will buy the previous novels and get to know special agent Harmon a bit better.Read more ›
Giorello is an excellent author, one whose books I thoroughly enjoy! If you like FBI/romance/adventure type books, then this book is for you!
I give this book 5 stars, and even if it's the first book in the series you read, you're gong to love it!
**I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion**
I've only read two previous books in the series and, sadly, it seems this series is on a declining slope for me--I enjoyed The Clouds Roll Away, thought The Mountains Bow Down was 'okay', and didn't enjoy The Stars Shine Bright at all.
Please understand, it's not with a light heart that I say this. I really enjoy Giorello's writing--it's always fresh and crisp. And her ability to bring the characters to life was wonderful. Though, while I say that, I admit I didn't like the love triangle that continued on from The Mountains Bow Down into The Stars Shine Bright. I mean, I like Jack's character...but I just don't know what to think about him constantly trying to cause a rift in Raleigh's engagement so she'll break up with DeMott and marry him.
All in all, The Stars Shine Bright just wasn't for me. Maybe fans of this series will feel differently (and get irate at me for not enjoying it!)...but this is just one read that didn't work for me. The best to Giorello's future books, though! Her writing is always tight, crisp, and clean. Brings the story to life. :-)
I reviewed this book for Litfuse. Thanks to the publishers for sending me a review copy. It was not required that I write a positive review, but solely to express my thoughts and opinions on this book, which I have done.
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I began reading this series backwards because I liked the horse racing aspect of this novel. The author is truly a masterful writer and her characters are well described. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dorsetgal
Delightful tale with character depth and true mystery. Sad to see it end. Will read more for certain! Thank you !Published 12 months ago by Grateful Reader
I enjoyed reading all the Raleigh Harmon series. The main character is smart and dedicated to finding the truth.
I especially enjoy her battles with her faith journey. Read more
This author is one that I follow faithfully, and her character, Raleigh Harmon, feels like someone I know personally. More. More. More.Published on January 22, 2014 by patricia m boone
I always have to be careful when I start a Sibella Giorello book - I know that I'll be up much too late and will be much too distracted to deal with anything to do with reality! Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by P. Street
Up front I need to say, I love Sibella Giorello's writing. She has a vast and varied vocabulary and excels at word pictures. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Grandmother of Six
Here the charasmatic heroine is struggling. She wants to suceed in her prfessional life. She also is trying to continue to maintain her personal life while being undercover. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by John Hebert IV