Author Event: Dr. M.J. Simms-Maddox - Mystery in Harare

The bride pauses for an instant before walking down the aisle to marry a man she likes but does not love; and in that hesitant moment a shot rings out, and then another. The groom falls. Blood stains the sanctuary.

Priscilla J. “PJ” Austin—a magnetic, up-and-coming, baby boomer—catches a glimpse of the shooter before everything blacks out for the bride. . .

Set in the mid-1980s, MYSTERY IN HARARE © 2017, 437 pages—in consultation with Professional Woman Publishing, LLC—is a stylish, fast-paced, character-driven thriller that unravels the secrets behind this carnage at a Midwestern American black church.

Priscilla’s fortitude is sorely tried as she awakens, sometime later—sedated and confused, on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe—to face the adventure of her life. She is “stashed” away, more than once, down deep in the savannas and the wilds of southern Africa—Zimbabwe & apartheid-ruled South Africa—where she falls prey to the vicious South African Nationalists Movement’s Patrol Guard.

Along the way, there is mayhem, murder, mistaken identities, and a barbed reunion with Carlton Elliott Bernhardt—a swarthy, intrepid special operative, who may be her one true love.

Author Bio:

M. J. Simms-Maddox is a tenured-professor in political science and chairs the Department of History & Political Science at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University, served as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, has operated her own public relations agency, and has published in various academic, community and religious publications for over thirty years.

She is affiliated with The African Literature Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Association of Professional Women, the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the Professional Woman Network, the Women’s National Book Association, and the Rowan Arts Council, and she is a founding member of the Livingstone Writers Club.

Her first major literary work—The Priscilla Trilogy—chronicles the coming-of-age and the adventures of a young woman abducted from her comfort


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Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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