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Saving Grace
by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Published: 2012-09-24
Paperback : 278 pages
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Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery SeriesSaving Grace kicks the What Doesn't Kill You series off with voodoo, laughs, and suspense.

Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously during a doomed celebrity case in ...

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Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery Series

Saving Grace kicks the What Doesn't Kill You series off with voodoo, laughs, and suspense.

Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously during a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. She flees Texas for the Caribbean and escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked Bloody Mary habit, but ends up trading one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. She's bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she's as much a danger to herself as the island's bad guys are.

>>> See why Pamela's novels have won contest after contest.

  • 2015 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Cross Genre Fiction
  • 2014 USA Best Book Award Finalist, Cross Genre Fiction
  • 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-finalist, Romance
  • 2013 USA Best Book Award Finalist, Business: Publishing
  • 2012 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story Contest
  • 2012 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Parenting: Divorce
  • 2011 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Novel Contest, Mainstream
  • 2010 Winner of the Writers League of Texas Manuscript Contest, Romance

>>> Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an "up-and-coming powerhouse writer."

If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for nearly ten years. She refuses to admit to taking notes for this series during that time.

>>> The reviews are in, and they're good. Very, very good.

"A lively romantic mystery that will likely leave readers eagerly awaiting a sequel." — Kirkus Reviews

"A riveting drama with plenty of twists and turns for an exciting read, highly recommended." — Small Press Bookwatch

"An exciting tale that combines twisting investigative and legal subplots with a character seeking redemption. An exhilarating mystery with a touch of voodoo." — Midwest Book Review MBR Bookwatch

>>> Catch other adventures of Katie and her friends in the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mystery series.

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Saving Grace
(What Doesn't Kill You, #1): A Katie Romantic Mystery

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Chapter One
Last year sucked, and this one was already worse.
Last year, when my parents died in an “accident” on their Caribbean vacation, I’d been working too hard to listen to my instincts, which were screaming “bullshit” so loud I almost went deaf in my third ear. I was preparing for the biggest case of my career, so I sort of had an excuse that worked for me as long as I showed up for happy hour, but the truth was, I was obsessed with the private investigator assigned to my case. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Katie says she’s going to St. Marcos to find out what happened to her parents and to stop drinking. Do you think these were her real reasons or the only reasons? Were you able to relate to her desire to run away from her problems?

2. Was it believable to you that Katie’s parents were killed because they had recognized Gregory and Lisa? Was it plausible that the sole investigator on the island was in Gregory’s pocket?

3. Why do you think Katie buried her mother’s ring, and did you agree with her decision? What importance does her family play in her life?

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  "Saving Grace"by boilerreader (see profile) 03/11/17

No substance. I prefer books that draw me into it. This is one that was easy to put down. I wasnted to finish it (and I did) so I could say I did. Even in our book club, I felt it wasn't of interest to... (read more)

by smitley11 (see profile) 03/10/17

  "Saving Grace"by Diane4640 (see profile) 03/10/17

Good for summer or beach read.

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