Murder, Suspense, Terrorism, and Romance.

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Deb’s Dozen: Two lost souls, the US electrical grid under attack, murders and suspense.

A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris falls a bit short of her “signature pulse-pounding suspense” but is a good story nevertheless. Nate Quinn, a detective who’s just returned to work after losing his partner and team in a bombing, is called in to cover a burglary gone wrong at the home of Grace Callahan, psychologist. What starts out as a simple burglary attempt quickly turns complicated as one of Grace’s patients, Stephen Shaw, is found murdered—and has left Grace a cryptic note about what he’s been involved with.

Turns out Nate and Grace know each other from long ago—Grace dated and married on of Nate’s best friends. However, the husband is long gone and their daughter has died from cancer. Grace, too, is suffering from PTSD. But Grace is determined to help Nate solve the case—Stephen was her patient, after all.

So starts a merry-go-round of kidnappings, murders, unsafe safe houses, missed clues, cryptic clues, and a situation that could take down the entire electrical grid of the United States. I enjoyed the story, liked getting to know Nate and Grace—they were both sympathetic characters. And I liked the police procedural portions as well as how they got stymied on occasion. However, there was too much “preaching” conversation between Nate and Grace toward the end for my liking. All in all, a good book but not a great one. Three stars.

A Secret to Die ForLisa Harris has won a Christy Award and twice won the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from the Romantic Times for Blood Covenant and Vendetta. She and her family have spent almost fifteen years as missionaries in southern Africa. She enjoys cooking, photography, and bush safaris. Find out more at

Revell Books gave me a copy of A Secret to Die For, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.

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