Bombshell (What Doesn't Kill You, #9): An Ava Romantic Mystery

Bombshell (What Doesn't Kill You, #9): An Ava Romantic Mystery

by Pamela Fagan Hutchins


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Bombshell (What Doesn't Kill You, #9): An Ava Romantic Mystery by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Sassy, sexy new heroine for the What Doesn't Kill You series, USA Best Book Award-Winner, Cross Genre Fiction.

If you like your mysteries exotic and fast-paced, then Ava's your girl, and Bombshell's the novel for you!

Temp worker by day, lounge singer by night, single mom Ava is having a hard time breaking up with her long distance boyfriend and making it without the support of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. Things improve dramatically when she lands a too-good-to-be-true job at a virtual currency exchange, where she meets a seriously sexy man, and goes to work for a boss so incredible he sponsors her on a trip to New York to record a demo. But when Ava stumbles across the raped and murdered body of a young woman, she recognizes her from a shared trauma back in their school days. Ava is devastated and throws herself into avenging the dead girl. From that moment on, it's one bombshell after another, going off closer and closer to Ava and the people she cares about most.

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

2016 WINNER USA Best Book Award, Cross Genre Fiction
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."

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

"Just when I think I couldn't love another Pamela Fagan Hutchins novel more, along comes Ava." - Marcy McKay, author of Pennies from Burger Heaven

"Entertaining, complex, and thought-provoking." - Ginger Copeland, power reader

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939889638
Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2017
Series: What Doesn't Kill You , #9
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long e-mails, award-winning and best-selling romantic mysteries, and hilarious nonfiction from deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. She is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, riding her gigantic horses, experimenting with her Keurig, and traveling in the Bookmobile. If you'd like Pamela to speak to your book club, women's club, or writers group, by Skype or in person, shoot her an e-mail. She's very likely to say yes. You can connect with Pamela via her website ( or e-mail (

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Bombshell (What Doesn't Kill You, #9): An Ava Romantic Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Marcy-McKay More than 1 year ago
LOVED Bombshell. I'd always been intrigued by Ava from Pamela Fagan Hutchins' other novels, and enjoyed Ava's mystery. This book was full of surprises, and I plowed through the story because it was sooooo good. Can't wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bombshell is a fast-paced mystery that I don’t want to spoil for you, but I do want to tell you about it! There are multiple mysteries throughout the novel that converge in some major scenes at the end. These are some of my favorite scenes throughout the book. I really like how Ms. Fagen Hutchins pulled all the plot strings together into one fancy knot. I didn’t see some of the twists coming at all, which always the sign of a great mystery! Ava, the main sleuth in Bombshell, really owns who she is, and I can completely accept that facet of her personality. When I started reading the novel, I didn’t really care for her. Ava’s actions really grated on my nerves. However by the end, Ava shows real growth. She has spent most of her life fighting against the odds, trying to put some painful experiences behind her. Once she succeeds, I grew to accept her. I especially enjoyed Ava’s attitude towards religion: “Every religion has its drawbacks, even atrocities for many. That’s why I rotate” She calls upon various gods from Roman, voodoo, and Catholic pantheon throughout the novel. I find this aspect of Ava’s personality fascinating and humorous. I relished when Ava calls upon Minerva to help her out of a tight spot. We need more female deities in books! Although realistic, I didn’t really appreciate how the men in her life treated Ava. “he victimized me and took, took, took, just like all the other bad men in my life, and some of the not-bad-but-less-than-good ones, too” The actions of the men make any romance in this book negligible to me. Throughout the book, I didn’t know which men Ava should trust, or not trust for that matter. I’m wondering if the other books in the series show more romance, and not just blatant sex? Bombshell is set on the island of St. Marcos and the dialog between the characters easily switch between island patois and “yank speech”. And honestly, I found this really distracting and difficult to read. I’m one of those people who writes texts messages in full sentences, with proper grammar. The patois took me out of the moment while I as reading. Overall, I enjoyed Bombshell. It is the ninth book in the series, but stands well enough by itself. The writing and the mysteries piqued my interest enough to check out some of the other novels in the series.
Tangled in Text More than 1 year ago
I do love a strong, independent woman and main character Ava embodies these traits and is someone who makes life work for her. She might have been unlucky in some of her quests, as she wound up on the scene of crimes more often than not, but she handled her situations with strength and passion.  Bombshell has strong and intriguing plot points. A few seem only slightly introduced and didn't entirely play out, which leaves an opening to go further in depth in the next books in the series, Stunner and Knockout. At times, these new elements are a distraction and I wish there had been more focus on the main mystery of Bombshell. All that time spent on other elements makes it feel like the reveal and finale of Bombshell are squeezed in, rushed, and not as epic as they could have been. The underlying message of Bombshell pulls at my heartstrings and is my favorite part of this story. There are hints as to brutal events of Ava's childhood which even as an adult, make her feel beaten down and nothing more than a dumb island girl.  Everything she does shows her struggle to prove her worth to herself and the world. One quote at the ending perfectly wraps-up Ava's healing process when a stern, loving woman says, "It's not you fault. What a bad man do not you fault. You hear me?" Bombshell is the ninth book in the What Doesn't Kill You series, and it's the first I have read and I felt like I was missing out and couldn't get in sync with the speed of this story in relation to the other prior stories. I would not recommend this as a stand alone, but after reading Bombshell, I would be interested in going back and learning more about all these characters.  The book is categorized as R-Rated, and that warning should not be taken lightly. This story contains vulgar, raw, gritty sexual and sexually abusive moments that are not sugarcoated.  Despite my jumping in so late in the series, Bombshell was on its way to being 4 or maybe even 5 stars. Everything was lining up very well, and it was a page turner, but then it flatlined at the end by leaving too many things unfinished. Some readers do fine with that kind of ending, knowing that there are two more Ava books coming. But for me, it just took the wind out of the sails. 
Holly More than 1 year ago
Bombshell is a story that will have you completely captivated from the very first page until the last word is read. And what's great is that despite this being the 9th book in the What Doesn't Kill You series, you don't feel completely lost while reading it. (Of course, to get the full effect of Bombshell, it's a plus if you have read some of the preceding books so that you get a better handle on some of the characters.) I do have to warn you though: it will keep you up reading later than you plan on! You will not be able to stop yourself from turning the pages of this thriller. For me, Bombshell has a Janet Evanovich feel. It has a single mom named Ava working as a temp worker in the day and following her dream of singing at night. But it's when she lands this too-good-to-be-true job that everything starts exploding for Ava - truly, it's bombshell after bombshell!! I don't want to spoil anything but the ending to this book will have you thinking one way, and then BAM! - wondering what is gonna happen to Ava after she gets some shocking news. Thankfully, readers don't have to worry about finding out since there are two more books coming in the series. Hopefully, they will provide more answers and surely will add even more excitement to this wonderful series! A sincere thank you to Pamela Fagan Hutchins for writing such an EXPLOSIVE book in a series that really has my curiosity piqued. Can't wait for what comes next! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours!