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2020 Visions

Updates on all things Raleigh Harmon

Well. THAT was a year, wasn’t it?

Overall, 2020 felt as if we all crossed some trip wire at the end of 2019, then proceeded to combat-crawl through 12 months of resulting explosions. My hope for 2021—for everyone— is a year filled with the joy of survival, gratitude for lessons, and renewed life rising from ashes.

My intention for 2020 was to post regular updates on All Things Raleigh. But time swallowed my to-do list. Thank you for all the many notes asking about Raleigh — when’s the next book, what about the young Raleigh movies, and what’s going on with Jack?!

First, yes, another Raleigh novel is coming, tentatively titled The Dawn Haunts On. The story picks up from the last mystery —The Wind WIll Howl—and carries us forward with Raleigh and Jack, Eleanor and Madame, Nadine and Charlotte. And of course somebody is dead. 🙂

The book’s first draft is completed, I’m working on getting the manuscript to my fierce editor. But…Time.

While 2020 coughed up its share of shared sorrows—several sudden sad deaths among friends, another friend’s fracturing divorce after 30-plus years of marriage, a government that forgot about the Bill of Rights—many wonderful new ventures sprung from the dung.

In particular: Television

Several years ago, I gravitated toward writing “screen stories.” While scripts are different from novels, stories are stories and when I started writing scripts, stories poured out. Since then, I’ve written a dozen scripts, including four original TV pilots. I’m working on a 5th —and it involves Raleigh.

I love this new writing adventure. Truly love it. Screenwriting gives me the same eager-hunger-thrill as my early days of journalism and then novels—experiences that feed directly into this new venture. Screenplays require the same poetic story compression as narrative journalism but need the universal scope of novels, too.

And frankly, TV needs some new storytelling voices.

My goal to post updates here about the TV/movie projects as they move forward, and the next Raleigh novel. Please stay in touch.

Oh, and speaking of movies, the Young Raleigh’s movie project is proceeding. Amazon Studios has been nothing short of wonderful to work with. I’ve spoken with the screenwriter for the first movie; she is lovely, adores Raleigh. Let’s get ready to see our intrepid young geologist-sleuth come to life on screen.

For now, that’s it.

Oh, except for Jack. How could I forget him?? The man is hot as the hinges of Hell…and in the next novel, Raleigh knows it for certain.

Talk soon.



  1. sue says:

    So excited for the book! Let the countdown begin!!!

    1. Jodi says:

      I can’t wait. Miss all things Raleigh. So right about tv needing a boost.

  2. John Quinn says:

    Congratulations and good luck on your new book
    Nickie and John Q

  3. Erin says:

    I am SO excited for this!! The Raleigh Harmon series is one of my favorites of all time, and I’ve been hoping for another book! And a TV series too…wow!!

    Also…Jack has to be my favorite fictional character, ever 😉

    1. Sibella Giorello says:

      Erin, thanks for your note.
      (And I agree about Jack.) 🙂

  4. Erin says:

    Eeeek, I’m so excited! I LOVE the Raleigh Harmon series; it’s one of my favorite series ever. And Jack is definitely the greatest fictional character ever invented 😉

  5. Patrice says:

    So extremely excited about the new book and for Raleigh being on tv.
    I have to say that your books are in a league all their own.
    Love them.

    1. Sibella Giorello says:

      Thank you, Patrice!

  6. Sarah Bronn says:

    Omgoodness! So happy! Can anything be better than hearing that soon I’ll have a whole new Raleigh Harmon book to read????! More snarky McDonald’s obsessed geologist investigator and her new, incredible, absolutely fangirl worthy husband Jack (💗)? Heck yes!

  7. Erin says:

    Just wondering about a tentative release date for the next book? (Sooo excited for it!)

  8. Karina Dinehart says:

    Missing your wonderful storytelling. Very excited that we may get to watch the characters vine to life on the screen!

  9. Diana B. King says:

    You have no idea how much we miss reading more books from you. You are SUCH a good mystery writer. Please, PLEASE get that next book out here for us to read. 🙂

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