Saving Grace (Katie & Annalise Series #1)

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Catch Katie's next adventure in Leaving Annalise, Volume 2 in the Katie & Annalise series. Watch for Volume 3--Finding Harmony--coming in February 2014.

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 novel during that time.

#1 in the Katie & Annalise series. Catch #2, Leaving Annalise, and #3, Finding Harmony.

Accolades for Saving Grace and the Katie & Annalise Series:

2011 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Novel Contest

2010 Winner of the Writers League of Texas Romance Contest

2012 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story Contest

"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

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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 - 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

  • ISBN-13: 9780988234802
  • Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 687,605
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Fagan Hutchins, a former attorney and native Texan, lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for nearly ten years. She refuses to admit to taking notes for this novel during that time.
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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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    5 out of 5 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.

    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 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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Loved this book

    A MUST read!

    1 out of 1 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.

    1 out of 1 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.

    1 out of 1 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 August 2, 2014

    Loved

    Wanted to slap Grace in the beginning, but glad i stuckk with it. Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Liked

    This book was great . Loved everything except the Nick plot line .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Great Read!

    Well written, entertaining story! Looking forward reading book 2!

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    Highly recommended-great read

    The storyline flows with just the right amount of suspense. Easy read. Already started book #2 in this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it for a good short story and easy reading.

    I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly recommend

    I loved the story. The characters were portrayed with such clarity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    It is a great book!

    I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Saving Grace

    Loved this book. Could not put it down. Action all through out. Light touch of romance and witty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Well written

    Excellent story. One could feel the island. The characters were excellent and the story line great.

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    A very good read although it took me about three chapters to rea

    A very good read although it took me about three chapters to really get into it. The main character (Katie) has a lot of struggles, a married coworker who she is very much in love with, alcoholism, a job that clearly makes her unhappy, and the unexplained death of her family. When she gets a chance to visit the island her parents died on she creates a new life for herself. The author did a wonderful job of creating such colorful characters. I really enjoyed this read and the ending was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Five stars to the author and I seldomly give five.

    Unique with the connection she had with Annalise. Great characters in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Wonderful

    It nearly broke my heart when nick turned away from her

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