The Clouds Roll Away is a thoroughly enjoyable and easily read book for those who love suspenseful novels. I was quickly drawn into the story and didn’t want to put it down. I was reading the final chapters in the doctor’s office and was rudely interrupted when the doctor came in for my appointment. I was at a critical point and really needed to know the outcome. Then when I reached the end, I was sorry it was over.

A mystery/suspense novel, The Clouds Roll Away moves at a swift pace with gripping action scenes tempered by calmer settings in Raleigh’s office, home, at church and social events. The author sharply contrasts the peace and joy of the Christmas season with vivid portraits of violence, hatred, and greed. The mystery and suspense build at a satisfying tempo with multiple surprises along the way. As Raleigh soon finds out, things are not always what they seem.

Although the Christian message does not take the front seat in The Clouds Roll Away, Raleigh’s faith is always evident even as she struggles with it at times. The story does contain some violence as would be expected in a novel about an FBI agent, but none that I would consider excessively graphic.

I enjoyed The Clouds Roll Away enough that I have already ordered the first book of the series and look forward to reading all Ms. Giorello’s novels.

This book was provided for review by the LitFuse Publicity Group.


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 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.


Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns home for Christmas but discovers Richmond, Virginia running low on goodness and light.

Although her exemplary service in Seattle lifted her disciplinary transfer, Raleigh lands a hometown civil rights case riddled with problems that could get her sent away again. When she helps out a fellow cop, her life goes on the line, forcing her undercover in a sting operation. As Raleigh realizes the lines are crossing and double-crossing, her domestic life starts to unravel. Her mother’s mental health cracks like ice, her closest friend grows cold, and her old boyfriend DeMott comes a-calling, hoping for more than chestnuts by an open fire.

While the city glows with Christmas lights and carols, Raleigh is forced to rely on her sharpest skills to stay alive, hoping for that one clear moment when everything makes sense and the clouds roll away.

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About The Clouds Roll Away – “Beautifully written with exquisite descriptions, Giorello’s mystery also features well-developed characters…”

—Booklist, starred review

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About The Clouds Roll Away – “Beautifully written with exquisite descriptions, Giorello’s mystery also features well-developed characters…”

—Booklist, starred review