Stone and Sand: Book 3 (The Raleigh Harmon Prequel Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B017TC9Q60
- Publisher : Running Girl Productions (November 9, 2015)
- Publication date : November 9, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2887 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #669,608 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The last one to arrive at the contest gathering, due to the breakdown of the old Volvo and rescue from the ferry by the billionaire himself (Bill Brogan), Raleigh's vulnerability and insecurity amp up, her belief that her best friend Drew should be the one present here, but since Drew's experience depicted in Stone and Spark, the first prequel, Drew has become even more of a genius recluse.
Disrupting the contest, one of the contestants is taken to the hospital. Brogan decides the remaining four must work as two teams, two guys and two gals, to determine the scientific answer to his proposed question about the island dune grasses offering to double the prize.
Nothing fires up Raleigh's inquisitive nature like an unsolved puzzle involving geology, her specialty. So many questions arise about the sand Raleigh found in one location taking her focus away from answering the question about the dune grasses. Her partner, another quirky genius, seems to be onto an answer concerning the grasses, but Raleigh pursues her questions about the sand she discovered.
Complicating all of it is one of the other contestants' blue eyes and easy drawl. "Tex" (aka Marcus) is smooth and charming but also kind and troubled, and Raleigh is drawn to him in spite of herself, even after seeing him where he doesn't figure to be.
Sibella's writing is compelling, her characterizations superb, the dialogue fully engaging, and the story fascinating. If you have no interest in geology and can't muster any, this might not be the novel for you because there is plenty of technical information about minerals. I found it informative and necessary to the story, but some might not think so.
Stone and Sand offers the usual Giorello intrigue mixed with insightful revelations from a young Raleigh who's growing up with a mentally ill mother, an agoraphobic OCD best friend, a new-age aunt, and the emotional experience of meeting a young man who hides his sorrows in his blue, blue eyes. There are profound moments in this story of young brilliance, conniving greed, supernatural poppycock, and serious science. The end brought real tears.
Raleigh's faith stays inherent in her character but is understated throughout the story.
Highly recommend this series from prequels and beyond.
I started with the first Raleigh Harmon novel then discovered the YA series and thought it would be fun to learn her backstory before continuing with the "adult" series.
The thing I love about the books is the forensics that are described. I'm not sure if the author has a history with forensics or not, but it is very believable and extremely plausible. I also love the fact that while Raleigh is a Christian, and she is deeply rooted in her faith, it seems genuine. Not like a lot of Christian novels that can sometimes seen forced. I aka like that the other characters are also believable and well written. Many are non Christian, but the novels are realistic in that they aren't about Raleigh preaching to them, which often seems to be the focus of Christian novels. She simply lives her faith while solving crimes and mysteries.
While the a few very minor typos in the book, the book is very well edited and nothing detracted me it removed me from the story.
I can't recommend this series any higher. Its fantastic. I cannot get enough.
I've enjoyed Richmond VA's setting for the previous books in this series; however, I found this story's change of venue to North Carolina's outer-bank islands really refreshing. Raleigh has been selected to compete in a science contest to discover why a vial part of the island's fragile ecosystem is dying, all for the challenge and the chance to win $50,000 in scholarship money. She meets her four rivals the first day on the island and, in her inimitable style, makes an awkward first impression on them and the billionaire sponsor of the contest. Convinced she's poisoned any chances of winning, she nonetheless presses on to do her best--also in her inimitable style. When one of the contestants is mysteriously assaulted and must withdraw from the event, the remaining four are paired up and the purse doubled. Their scientific acumen (Raleigh's geology and her partner, Lanette's, biology) mesh almost as perfectly as do their dry wits. (Sibella Giorello's skill at writing dialog has always been drool-worthy, but I've never laughed out loud this much in her previous books.) Twists abound, with few of the characters being who they actually seem to be at the start. Do Raleigh and Lanette win? I'd really like to tell you, but...
...I will say that who really wins is you, the reader. "Stone & Sand" has all the essential elements (specific weights and all) that you've come to expect from a Giorello novel: mystery, intrigue, humor, pathos--and that ever-present healthy dose of science that doesn't beat up the brain, but brings it to its appreciative feet. When you reluctantly turn the final page of a novel that leaves you not just more entertained, but smarter than you were on page one, you just know the precious hours--hours of your life you'll never get back--were oh-so-well spent.
So okay, here's the obligatory "greatly recommended." As if you hadn't already figured that out...