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Saving Grace [NOOK Book]

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Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery Series

Saving Grace kicks the Katie & Annalise 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 ...

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Saving Grace

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Overview

Multi-awardwinning, Bestselling Romantic Mystery Series

Saving Grace kicks the Katie & Annalise 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 this series won contest after contest.

2011 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Mainstream Novel Contest
2010 Winner of the Writers League of Texas Romance Contest
2012 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story Contest
2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-finalist

Once Upon A Romance Calls Hutchins an "up and coming powerhouse writer."

If you like Josie 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

Don't worry--there's more Katie & Annalise where Saving Grace came from!

Catch Katie's next adventure in Leaving Annalise, Volume 2 in the Katie & Annalise series, and Finding Harmony, Volume 2, as well as her appearances in the adventures of her friends in Going for Kona (Michele #1, USA Best Book Award Winner) and Heaven to Betsy (Emily #1, April 2015). Paperback and audio versions also available.

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Editorial Reviews

Book Wormz - Joana James
“This book was worth every moment I spent savouring it, and I can’t wait to read the next one.”
Amazon - Stephanie Swindell
I couldn't put the book down! I loved the main character Katie!
She is truly a character I have fallen for! I haven't loved another character this much since Stephanie Plum.
Can't wait for more from this talented author! This novel has it all - mystery, attraction, excitement, humor, heartfelt situations, friendship and even a ghost! A++++++
This book is now on my favorites list!
Skipjack Publishing - Paul F
Saving Grace is a spell-binding, fast paced mystery that will make you consider your life and the choices you live with. It is a well crafted, entertaining and lovely story that reads itself and will scarcely leave your hand once you start reading it. If courage can come from inspiration, this book will help you be brave enough to finally be yourself.
Amazon - David Baird
Great fun adventure read. See the island through the eyes of those in the know. Thoroughly descriptive of exotic places and things you have to have experienced to know they are true. A work of fiction that is steeped in fact. Tantalizing enough to draw one to visit some of the actual spots. A picture well painted.
Ava is a charmer.
Amazon - Rhonda Erb
Saving Grace is remarkable debut novel. It is everything a good read should be, with an exotic setting, vivid characterization (including jumbies), authentic-sounding dialogue, and real emotion, all balanced with page-turning doses of action and suspense. Fun, witty, exciting, and unputdownable!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045978392
  • Publisher: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  • Publication date: 9/23/2012
  • Series: Katie & Annalise , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,044
  • File size: 360 KB

Meet the Author

Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes award-winning and bestselling romantic mysteries and hilarious nonfiction, and moonlights as a workplace investigator and employment attorney. She is passionate about great writing, smart authorpreneurship, and her two household hunks, husband Eric and one-eyed Boston terrier Petey. She also leaps medium-tall buildings in a single bound, if she gets a good running start.

If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich for fiction or Erma Bombeck for nonfiction, you're going to love Pamela.

Pamela's writing wins a lot of contests. Here are a few:
2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist (Winner TBA July 21, 2014)
2013 USA Best Books Business: Writing & Publishing Contest
2012 Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story Contest
2012 USA Best Books Parenting/Divorce
2011 Houston Writers Guild Novel Contest
2010 Writers League of Texas Romance Contest

Visit her website http://pamelahutchins.com, or follow her on Facebook http://facebook.com/pamela.fagan.hutchins.author.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    204 pages

    Stand alone, nice conclusion, great book, editing is 95% correct. Loved the characters. Very mild, general descriptions of murders, violence, rape. (Heroine is lawyer) some romance, no sex, no cursing. The reson, I did not give 5 stars is because of having to read about Nick not loving her back, ( on almost every page) Ava being so perfect and gorgeous, all men want her and she has to have all the men and this book is first person. First person is irritating to me. A lot of the comments are island pathos, which was rather interesting. I enjoyed the six dogs. They acted like dogs and none were harmed in the making of this book. The voodoo angle is more of a ghost angle, but it added a lot of interest and is not over the top, nor is it a main focus. First book was free, second $1.99, third is $3.99, a rather big jump. I do not know if there will be a fouth or not. I did buy 2 & 3. I have not read them yet. A nice cozy, clean mystery. Chick lit. Ages 16 and up.

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    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2012

    An excellent island who-dun-it!

    After a bit of a slow beginning (chapter or two), the book took off and I didn't put it down until I finished it - all in the same day. I love the island knowledge the author shares and the characters are full-bodied to the point you think you know them personally! I love how the heroine is not perfect; her foibles are like anyone elses, making her easy to identify with in many ways. The house, the lush island feel, the food, drinks - all suck you in and make you wish you were sitting under an umbrella reading this book! I loved it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Pretty good after slow start

    Thankfully the main character doesnt remain a vapid idiot in second half of book. I almost gave up but it turned out to be ok

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Katie Connell is a Texas attorney whose life is in a tailspin. H

    Katie Connell is a Texas attorney whose life is in a tailspin. Her career has suffered a major setback when she lost her first criminal case. She hates her job, she drinks too much, she has a failed office romance, and she lost her parents in an auto accident on the island of St. Marcos. Stressed out and needing to get away, Katie returns to St. Marcos where she hopes to uncover information about her parents' mysterious deaths in the auto accident. Once there she becomes friends with Ava, a young island girl who is having an affair with a married Senator. When the Senator ends up dead, Ava is accused of stabbing him to death, and Katie decides to defend her. While on the island, Katie falls in love with an abandoned estate called Annalise, which is rumored to be haunted. Will she be able to fulfill her dreams of refinishing the house, save Ava, and solve the mystery of her parents death?




    Saving Grace is a fast-paced entertaining mystery that has just the right amount of drama, suspense and romance that keeps the readers intrigued and turning the pages. Author Pamela Fagan Hutchins weaves an exciting and humorous tale told in the first person narrative by sassy Katie Connell. Katie takes the reader along for the ride on her journey in search of answers, while transporting them between Dallas and the island of St. Marcos. This story has clever subplots, action and suspense that entices the reader to follow along as the mystery unfolds. And if that isn't enough for you, it has some heartfelt and emotional romance and friendship thrown in the mix.




    With an engaging cast of characters who are realistic, have flaws, and who are easy to relate to; witty dialogue and interactions; and a richly descriptive island setting; Saving Grace has it all: mystery, romance, drama, suspense and laugh-out-loud humor. This exciting whodunit is one heck of an entertaining read! 




    Saving Grace is the first book in the Katie and Annalise Series.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Fun light mystery

    Fun, light and very enjoyable, I recommend setting aside a couple of hours to read in one go. If you like this as much as I did you'll want the next two books. I didn't know the three in one was fifty cents cheaper than separate purchase, but now you do. Enjoy. PJK

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Loved the story and all the different characters. Reading the second book now.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Good Read

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and the plot. It kept my interest and kept me reading. I gave it 5 stars because the heroine of the story turned her life around when she was close to rock bottom.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    A page turner for sure!

    Loved, loved, loved this book. First I have read from this author and I will definitely read the rest in this series. Loved her writing style. The storyline kept you involved and the main character, Katie, was so likeable and funny and easy to relate to. Have read so many romance novels recently with SO much sex in them, that this was a breath of fresh air. Mystery, romance and suspense all rolled into one. You won't regret taking the time to read this one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Loved this book

    A MUST read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Very good

    I enjoyed this book very much. I do agree with another comment that too much emphasis was put on the unreciprocated love theme which didn't quite gel with the hot city attorney character. The story was interesting and the characterization unique. I hated to see it end but found out it was the beginning of a series which i will definitely purchase.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    I was a fan of Hutchin's nonfiction and I am honestly surprised

    I was a fan of Hutchin's nonfiction and I am honestly surprised by  how much I love this book.  It's different but every bit as good as her others.  I laughed, I creid, and I wanted to smack Katie a few times.  Very suspenseful.  I really felt like I was there in the islands.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Good mystery

    Entertaining, quick read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    A can't put down read!

    The story pulls you in quickly. I hated to get to the end and was THRILLED there was a sequel!!! Loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Ok

    Need some romance and sex

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    The author graciously gave me a digital copy of this book when I

    The author graciously gave me a digital copy of this book when I didn't win the book she was giving away in a contest.

    Katie Connell is a Dallas attorney who is having a bad time dealing with life after losing her parents on the US Virgin Island, St. Marcos to an auto 
    accident.  Katie is a successful attorney but has a problem in that she is attracted to her investigator that happens to be married and on top of that
     he doesn't return her interest.  Katie turns to alcohol to help deal with her pain and frustration.  Her brother and her assistant confront her to get
    into rehab to get some help but Katie decides to go to St. Marcos to try to get to the bottom of what really happened to her parents.  She isn't  
    buying what the police report says about the accident.  Her parents were celebrating their wedding anniversary and would never get into the
    kind of situation reported.  Katie loves the island, makes friends, and falls in love with an abandoned house on the island.  She tries to buy the
    house but the deal falls through so she goes back to her job in Dallas.  Once there she immediately has to take a criminal case and since she
    is not a criminal attorney, this is a problem.  She isn't prepared and the celebrity defendant tries to pay off a witness.  The whole thing blows up
    in Katie's face.  However she gets a call from St. Marcos that the house deal is on so she heads back to St. Marcos.  Adventures continue there
    and the book was hard to put down.  

    Read to find answers to how Katie deals with her situation on the island and dealing with her feelings with the investigator back in Dallas as well
    as answers to her parents' deaths.  The author does a great job making one see the island through her eyes.  There is suspense, island culture,
    as well as island politics. Things do come together for Katie.   I'm looking forward to Katie's adventures in the next two books. 

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    I truly enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest and was

    I truly enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest and was one of those "just one more page
    before bed...ok, just one more, and one more..." and the next thing you know its midnight kind of books..
    The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the Nick angle isn't fleshed out quite as well as I felt it should have been to be such an driving force for Katie's behavior. That was a little annoying-to be the great love of Katie's life, there is precious little interaction between the two to set the groundwork.
    I just bought the second book and can't wait to get started on it. Even with the minor Nick glitch, this was such a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    Click me

    Kiss your hand and post this on three other books and wake up and find a iphone5 under your pillow

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    Good read

    Well written and a fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Loves it

    It wws a spellbinding book. I swear I couldn't put it down. If I could be in their little oasis I would. I definetly reccommend it.????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    L

    Liked the characters and the story...very entertaining.

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