Monday, August 6, 2012

Litfuse Blog Tour: The Stars Shine Bright (Raleigh Harmon, #5) by Sibella Giorello

After the FBI suspends her for bending its rules, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is looking for a chance to redeem her career and re-start her life.

Sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track, Raleigh takes on a double life to find out who’s fixing the races. But when horses start dying and then her own life is threatened, Raleigh realizes something bigger—and more sinister—is ruining Emerald Meadows.

She’s never felt more alone.

Her one contact with the FBI is Special Agent Jack Stephanson, a guy who seems to jump from antagonistic to genuine friend depending on the time of day. And she can’t turn to her family for support. They’re off-limits while she’s undercover, and her mother isn’t speaking to her anyway, having been confined to a mental hospital following a psychotic breakdown. Adding insult to her isolation, Raleigh’s fiancĂ© wants them to begin their life together—now—precisely when she’s been ordered not to be herself.

With just days left before the season ends, Raleigh races to stop the killing and find out who’s behind the track’s trouble, all the while trying to determine if Jack is friend or foe, and whether marrying her fiancĂ© will make things better—or worse.

Raleigh is walking through the darkest night she’s faced, searching for a place where the stars shine bright.

Meet Sibella Giorello: Sibella Giorello grew up in the mountains of Alaska admiring the beauty and nature that surrounded her. She majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts hoping to learn more about the landscape she loved back home. From there Sibella followed a winding path, much like the motorcycle ride she took across the country, which led to her true love, journalism.

She found herself in Seattle writing for rock-n-roll magazine and earned a journalism degree from the University of Washington before heading south to the land of great stories.

In Virginia, Sibella became a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It was there she also met her husband and would hear Jesus whispering her name at a tent revival.

Sibella started writing about Raleigh Harmon as a way to keep her love of story-telling alive while staying at home with her young sons. As a journalist and author, her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. The Stones Cry Out, the first Raleigh Harmon novel, won a Christy award for debut novel in 2008. Sibella now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons.

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My Review:
Raleigh Harmon [David] is fighting to save her job at the FBI. She is now undercover at a horse race track, where mysterious things are happening. Her Aunt Elanor [not really] is a wealthy thespian, and plays her role of Aunt so well, you will forget she is not really her Aunt.
It looks like someone is fixing races, and horses are being hurt and Elanor wants her to get to the bottom of things. Things are going from bad to worse, and Raleigh has one friend she can contact [he seems to there for her throughout the book] Jack Stephanson. Raleigh has played it on the edge one to many times at the FBI, and they are looking at her closely.
Besides almost loosing her life in a barn fire, she is being tailed by a black Cadillac.
Then her fiance, DeMott, calls and is bring her Mother's dog to her. Madame is so depressed from being away from her family she is loosing weight. This darling dog adds more delight in this story. Also throughout the book I keep thinking...throw in the towel and go and live the easy life with DeMott.
One thing I loved about this book is the is a reference to Raleigh's deceased Dad. Although this is the fifth book in this series, it can be read alone. I would recommend that you give yourself a treat and read all of the books.

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.


  1. FBI, horse races, rich relatives - all great ingredients for a good book! Never read anything by this author! Have to check her out!

  2. Sounds like a good, engaging read.

  3. I have bought this book. Really awesome Book!