Title: Hell to Pay
Author: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Big-haired paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily thinks she’s got her life back on track. Her adoption of Betsy seems like a done deal, her parents have reunited, and she’s engaged to her sexy boss Jack. Then client Phil Escalante’s childhood buddy Dennis drops dead, face first into a penis cake at the adult novelty store Phil owns with his fiancée Nadine, one of Emily’s best friends. The cops charge Phil with murder right on the heels of his acquittal in a trail for burglarizing the Mighty is His Word church offices. Emily’s nemesis ADA Melinda Stafford claims her witness overheard Phil fighting with Dennis over a woman, right about the time Phil falls into a diabetic coma, leaving Nadine shaken and terrified. Meanwhile Betsy’s ultra-religious foster parents apply to adopt her and Jack starts acting weird and evasive. Emily feels like a calf out of a chute, pulled between the ropes of the header and the heeler, as she fights to help Phil and Nadine without losing Betsy and Jack.
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This is the first book I am reading by Pamela Fagan Hutchins. When I started reading, I was glassy-eyed, as if the characters were thrown off balance. Of course, all this was because it is the seventh book in the series and so much has already happened. That said, once you read over ten to fifteen pages, you easily get into a groove and begin to get a clearer picture.
Emily and Phil are lovers who plans to get married soon. However, Emily is unsure. As she toils over the proposal, Phil’s best friend Dennis gets murdered and who but Phil becomes the prime suspect. Things become worse as Phil goes into a coma and Emily prepares for an adoption.
The story is highly gripping and the author has succeeded in keeping the reader on pins and needles through this murder mystery. I was in no time hooked onto Emily and her life and who killed Dennis. There is mystery and romance, panic and courage, fear and faith as you flip through the pages and get captivated by the emotional ordeal and wacky situations. I enjoyed the way the scenes were described, the hilarious first person accounting of events by Emily and her strong character.
This book can be read as a stand alone. But yes, I do want to read the first six in the series. A treat to lovers of romance and thrillers, this book is equally exciting and enthralling.
5 on 5.
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She says her first book came out in 2012 and that her latest, Hell to Pay, is the seventh book in the series. The books all have ties to Texas, with “an interrelated cast of kick-ass female protagonists.” She says the novel’s heroine (“a former rodeo queen turned paralegal”) returns to her home town in west Texas and discovers an extremist cult has set up shop and is terrorizing the local townsfolk.
She is a recovering attorney and investigator who resides deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and in the frozen north of Wyoming. Pamela has a passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, traveling in the Bookmobile, and her Keurig. Visit her at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com or drop her a note pamela at pamelahutchins dot com.
And if you would like her to visit your book club, women’s group, writer’s group, or library, all you have to do is ask.
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