Dangerous Passage, Southern Crimes Series #1   -     By: Lisa Harris
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When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common-a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn't take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities-and their hearts.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080072190X
ISBN-13: 9780800721909
Availability: In Stock
Series: Southern Crimes

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When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common--a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn't take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities--and their hearts.

Dangerous Passage exposes a fully-realized and frightening world where every layer peeled back reveals more challenges ahead. Romantic suspense fans will be hooked from the start by Lisa Harris's first installment of the new Southern Crimes series.

Author Bio

Lisa Harris is an award-winning author with more than 400,000 copies of her works in print. She was a 2011 Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and lives in Mozambique together with her husband, Scott, and their three children. Visit her website at www.lisaharriswrites.com.

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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A good police mystery
    July 5, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I like a good police mystery and this is a good one. The heroine is Avery North, Atlanta detective. She is on the case of the death of two young Asian women, each with a specific tattoo. Also involved is medical examiner Jackson Bryant. With support from Jackson, Avery pursues clues that take her to the terrifying world of human trafficking.

    I really like Avery as a character. She is tough and a strong protagonist. She is also a widow and mom of a tween, trying to juggle all of her responsibilities. Coming into the picture is Jackson. It looks like romance may be on the horizon.

    I liked the police work. The case Avery is working on is complex. She also has to deal with her own emotional issues as she pursues the murderer. Her brother had been murdered in a police operation that went bad and she is determined to find out who was responsible for it. That distracts her at times.

    I really enjoyed the novel. At the end, we are left hanging with a clue from her brother's death. I will certainly read the sequel.
  2. gjo50
    Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Complex Characters with story that will keep you g
    February 9, 2014
    gjo50
    Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Unlike a simple romance, the characters in Dangerous Passage are not young and flighty. Widowed, with a teenage daughter, Detective North deals with her grief, teen angst, and a new relationship. These relationships make the story more complex and interesting, then the murder mystery becomes more than a simple murder mystery. The suspense level is low, but the mystery complexity is high enough to make up for it. The focus of the book is on a crime that is growing across the world, human trafficking. This book has a strong Christian aspect.

    I recommend this book to lovers of good clean police mysteries, with a nice romance along side.
  3. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting Romantic Suspense
    October 17, 2013
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Atlanta Detective Avery North has just been called in from her day off to investigate a murder. The victim was a young Asian female with a magnolia tattoo, similar to a recent unsolved crime, and Avery is motivated to solve this murder before another girl suffers the same fate.

    She is assisted by her partner, Mitch, and by Jackson Bryant, the associate medical examiner for the force. Avery and Jackson have recently started dating— he's the first man she's had more than one date with since her husband died three years ago, leaving her with a daughter. Avery also has family issues. Her father has recently retired from the police force, her brother was murdered on the job four months earlier, and his killer is still at large. She struggles to balance the competing demands of God, family, a full-time job and now dating, and this felt very real.

    This is the first book in the new Southern Crimes series, and I'll certainly be keen to read more in the series. It's got everything I look for in Christian romantic suspense: intelligent and likeable yet imperfect characters, a strong plot with plenty of suspense and a developing romantic subplot, good writing, and an underlying Christian theme. It's dealing with some big issues—modern slavery—but manages to do it without getting too graphic. Recommended.

    Thanks to Revell and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  4. GingerS219
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great romantic suspense
    October 2, 2013
    GingerS219
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Do you like suspense novels? Clean romance? Then this is the book for you. This is my first time reading anything by Lisa Harris and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read, and enjoy. From the very beginning of the book, I was hooked, and until the suspect was revealed, I was clueless.

    Kudos to Ms. Harris. I look forward to more titles from her in the future.

    ***I received this book from the author/publisher for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
  5. wonderwheel
    Mentor, Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    September 26, 2013
    wonderwheel
    Mentor, Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lisa Harris makes you want to cheer for the good guys, and weep with them during the tough times. This book is one that makes me excited for the next book. Wonderful writing.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Lisa Harris
Located in: Mozambique
Submitted: August 21, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I’m a mom to three wonderful kids, which as you probably know means my job description consists of everything from chef, to chauffer, to counselor. I also work with my husband in ministry where we live in Mozambique, run a non profit to assist the physical needs of those we work with, called The ECHO Project, and of course, I love to write.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Several years ago, I wrote Blood Ransom, a novel that focused on human trafficking in Africa. At the time, I had no idea this was an issue in the US. With this new series, I decided that setting this story in the US, the backdrop of human trafficking would not only make an exciting story, but would also help people become aware of this very real issue.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  In the story, my main character, Avery North, struggles to balance life as a widow and a single mom with a full-time career. She has to come to the point where she realizes her weaknesses and fears and rely only on God’s strength. In our own lives, we often feel inadequate to follow God’s call, but never forget that the God who created the universe loves us and wants to be our strength. He came to heal the empty and broken hearted, and those searching for freedom and hope. That’s what I hope readers take away from this story.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I have to confess that Avery and I share some of the same fears. It's easy to run from one appointment to the next, while crossing the urgent tasks off our to-do list, but if we don't stop to find out who God really is, to really stat to know him and build that relationship, what have we gained? My prayer is that we can find the courage to step out of our comfortable world and see the hurting, the lonely and helpless around us and find ways to be Jesus to them. The amazing thing is that in turn, our own lives will be made richer because of it!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Currently, I'm reading the Heavenly Man, which is a remarkable story about Chinese Christian brother Yun. I've been so inspired by his story. It's a reminder to me that everything I do be for His glory!

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