Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book Review: The Mountains Bow Down

The Mountains Bow Down is the third book in a series about FBI special agent Raleigh Harmon. Though part of a series, the book stands alone. I haven’t read the first book. I found the second book interesting—I described it as a Mike Hammer-type mystery. But I loved this book! It is so different from the first (not Mike Hammer-ish at all), yet the main character remains true. I’m going to have to go back and read the first book now.

The Mountains Bow Down is set on an Alaskan cruise. Raleigh's aunt has invited her and her mother for a vacation. Aunt Charlotte is helping with a movie in production. Raleigh serves as an FBI consultant for the lead actor.

But the vacation ends when the lead actor’s wife is found dead. Most think it’s suicide, but Raleigh sees murder and sets out to prove it. The FBI sends the ever-annoying agent Jack Stephanson to help her solve the case.

Complicating matters is the fact that Raleigh’s mentally unstable mother doesn’t know Raleigh works for the FBI. Raleigh struggles to protect her mother, yet wrestles with her conscience over living a lie—even to protect someone.

I loved the setting, the story, the characters, and the underlying themes of this novel. If you enjoy a good mystery, I recommend this book to you! Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending this novel for my review.
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