Book 1, AVA SERIES - A What Doesn't Kill You World Romantic Mystery
Pamela Fagan Hutchins
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A musical career in the making. A murdered childhood friend. One chance to catch the killer.
Ava dreams of building a better life for her daughter through her island pop songs. Her new temp job leads to a once-in-a-lifetime shot at a record deal, but before she can pack her bags for New York, she discovers a dead body outside her office building. Horrified, Ava recognizes the murdered sex worker as her childhood friend.
The single mother finds herself torn between pursuing her life’s passion or justice for her murdered friend. When another friend is killed, she worries the deaths are connected to a shared trauma that she’s been running from her whole life. After dumping her cop boyfriend, she realizes the pain she keeps locked inside could be sabotaging her shot at lasting love.
Before Ava can move on to a bright future in music, she must confront the truth behind her dark past to catch the murderer or she'll be next on his kill list.
Bombshell is the first book in Ava’s trilogy within the What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery saga. If you like sexy single moms, shocking suspense, and journeys of self-empowerment, then you’ll love Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ award-winning series.
Buy Bombshell to get into the rhythm with a fast-paced pop murder mystery today!
˃˃˃ See why Pamela’s novels have won contest after contest.
2017 WINNER Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery
2016 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
2015 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist
˃˃˃ 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 who splits her time between Nowheresville, Texas and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming, 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 Ava series 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. She's smart and sassy, with a story full of juicy plot twists. I enjoyed Bombshell from cover to cover!" — Marcy McKay, author of Pennies from Burger Heaven
"To finally get a whole book of Ava's beautiful voice and attitude was so much fun. And then to see that her outer armor was mixed with the very real insecurities and struggles that we can all relate to was magical. She personifies bombshell in every sense of word and I can't wait to have her voice in my head again in Stunner." — Tara Scheyer, Grammy-nominated musician, Long-Distance Sisters Book Club
"Entertaining, complex, and thought-provoking. Each book gets better and better and better (with a) more intricate and complex storyline. [The What Doesn’t Kill You world] started out great, but [Pamela] outdid herself on this one. I am anxiously anticipating the next book about Ava. It was so hard to put this book down once I started reading." — Ginger Copeland, power reader
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Fast paced mystery
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.
I loved the character of Ava from her first words back in Saving Grace:
“Unless you got some dread disease, you can give that thing to me,” she said. Kyan give dat ting.
I took her hand and shook. “Katie.”
“My people dem just up and leave before we through our last set. Trouble.”
As much as I loved Katie and wanted to hear her story, I also looked so forward to hearing Ava's voice in my head every time she'd enter a scene.
And Bombshell did not disappoint. To finally get a whole book of that beautiful voice and attitude was so much fun. And then to see that her outer armor was mixed with the very real insecurities and struggles that we can all relate to was magical.
I love her relationship with her parents, Ginger and Nana. I love her internal struggle of deciding if she deserves the good things that come her way, and her heartbreak when she thinks she has to push them away. I mostly admire her strength- not just dealing with her tons of admirers or defending her sexuality or trying to follow her rockstar dreams, but also with just trying so hard to be a good person. Every single day.
She personifies bombshell in every sense of word and I can't wait to have her voice in my head again in Stunner.
I’m so glad Ava finally got her own book, and what a powerful book it is! This touched some places in me as a woman and mother. Excellent read.