Book Review: the clouds roll away

When I chose this book from BookSneeze I had no idea it was the third book in a series, but I read the book jacket notes and thought this would be a fabulous book - it has everything; intrigue, suspense, mystery and a little romance thrown in for good measure.

The Clouds Roll Away (Raleigh Harmon) by Sibrella Giorello finds Raleigh returning to her hometown of Richmond, VA hoping to be hailed a hero, but instead finds herself distrusted and just dissed at work and forced to not only investigate an ugly cross burning incident at a celebrity's mansion, but also to spend hours listening to wiretapped cell phone calls of local gang members.  This is the third book in a series which also features: The Stones Cry Out: A Novel (Raleigh Harmon's first appearance and Giorello's debut novel) and The Rivers Run Dry.

What did I like about this book?  I loved the intricacies and the way that the novelist was able to hint at connections but not allow the reader to guess all of the twists and turns before the final chapters.  Even the coincidences which can sometimes ruin a good suspense book are formulated so that the reader can enjoy the adventure.   Unlike other times when I pick up a book mid-series, this author creates a stand alone book that, while it draws from the character's previous experience, does not make the reader have all of that background to appreciate a well written tale.  I have to say though, that I am definitely planning to go back and read book one and two!

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