Everything’s going to work out. Time away always makes things better . . .
That’s what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska. A land of mountains and gems and minerals, The Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who’s hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance.
But when a passenger goes missing and winds up dead, Raleigh’s vacation suddenly gets lost at sea. The ship’s security chief tries to rule the death a suicide, but Raleigh’s forensics background points to a much darker conclusion: Somewhere onboard, a ruthless murderer walks free.
Engulfed by one of her toughest cases yet, Raleigh requests assistance from the FBI and receives her nemesis-perpetual ladies man Special Agent Jack Stephanson. As the cruise ship sails through the Inside Passage, Raleigh has five days to solve a high-profile murder, provide consultation for a movie filming onboard, and figure out her increasingly complicated feelings for Jack-who might not be such a jerk after all.
And that’s only her work life. Family offers even more challenges. Joined on the cruise by her mother and aunt, Raleigh watches helplessly as disturbing rifts splinter her family.
Like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a situation so steep and so complex that even the mountains might bow down.
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, www.sibellagiorello.com
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FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harman is on an Alaskan cruise to determine the path of her life– whether she wants to marry her high school sweetheart, DeMott Fielding–who hates her long, extended days of investigations. Resting from her hectic work schedule, she’s planning on doing some geological gem and mineral research for relaxation. She only came along with her mother and aunt as their guest because her sister bowed out over work issues.
All of Raleigh’s plans are aborted when a female passenger goes missing and is found dead, a high-profile murder of an alcoholic actor’s unloved, yet devoted, wife. Into the investigation comes her old rival, Special Agent Jack Stephanson. Did I mention handsome? Oops, got off course. They, along with the ship’s security head, Geert van Broeck, a Dutchman, have five days to find the killer or killers. This turns out to be the toughest case thus far in Raleigh’s career. American law doesn’t outrank the law of the ship, as they are in foreign waters, making the case even more difficult for Raleigh and Jack.
Sibella has a host of quirky characters that lighten the dark task of solving the grizzly murder, including van Broeck, who has the vocabulary of a comic, using words such as Caw-lee-for-knee-ya. The crew of the Alaskan cruiser are mostly foreign, as Americans are too lazy.
The scenarios change quickly at times, but at other times they seemed to drag for me. I would venture to say that the geological aspects were what didn’t hold my attention as much as normal. My interest was piqued throughout the majority of the book by all the different crises, missing employees, movie rehearsals, thefts, historical information, alcoholic binges, and rivalries between the investigators. The plot twists and character interactions were very well done. The communicative aspects were normal for the circumstances.
When you think that most of the action takes place on a cruise ship, Sibella did an excellent job of describing the different components of the story and areas of the ship without getting me seasick or lost.
Raleigh’s faith is a part of her life, but Jill doesn’t have it displayed openly in the book. You see it show up in different scenarios, especially with Claire, the clairvoyant.
This book was provided by Amy Lathrop of Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for blog touring and giving my honest review. No monetary exchange was involved.