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Mystery in Harare

A former state legislative aide gets abducted on her wedding day from a church in the American Midwest to southern Africa on the outskirts of early post-apartheid Zimbabwe. Even more unexpectedly, she finds herself on the run from assassins.

“Politics and faith are prevalent throughout the novel, diversity, lots of symbolism … and all of the senses are used. I was particularly impressed with the relationship between the different people in Priscilla’s life, such as her support network, and how that reflects the larger scheme of things over the past thirty years and how all that reflects life today. Very descriptive, such as the scene at the reception at the governor’s mansion when Priscilla wears an outfit that is not typical of the other women. That shows her sense of self-worth and her humility.”





Priscilla’s Journey into Southern Africa, © 2017, 447 pages, Thriller/Terrorism

ISBN: 978-0-578-19519-3 Paperback, USD 19.95

ISBN: 978-1-7322406-3-6 EPUB/MOBI, USD 9.99

“Dr. Simms-Maddox writes so well. I’m right there. She brings the animals and the people alive and makes the reader feel a strong sense of presence in each scene. Her writing enlightens readers. Priscilla’s strength grows with each encounter; so, too, does that of the other women in the story. I particularly like her use of the Book of Judges.”


HELEN TURNER, Retired Director of the Reading Center, Livingstone College

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