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Heaven to Betsy (What Doesn’t Kill You, #5)

An Emily Romantic Mystery
Narrated by: Tracy Hundley
Series: What Doesn't Kill You, Book 5, Emily, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
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Summary

From the best-selling and award-winning author of the Katie & Annalise books comes a spin-off series! Heaven to Betsy features Emily, Katie's stateside best friend, in her own hilarious adventures.

When a dead body swan dives from a balcony into the pool at a wedding, gossip about disgraced paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily - whose husband left her for a woman who's really a man - comes to a halt.

Enter Jack, a secretive attorney who is a sexy mix of cowboy and Indian. Emily refuses to work for him until she learns about the disappearance of the six-year-old daughter of his notorious client, Sofia, the wedding shooter, who is also an illegal immigrant.

Emily feels a strange affinity for the girl and launches a desperate search for her. Bodies pile up across Texas and New Mexico in her wake, as the walls around her own secrets begin to crumble, and the authorities question whether the child is anything but a figment of her imagination.

See why Pamela Fagan Hutchins' novels have won contest after contest. A former attorney and native Texan from Amarillo, who spent 10 years in the Caribbean, Pamela splits her time between Houston and a little place called Nowheresville.

©2015 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2015 Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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A little slice of heaven

I really enjoyed this book and think it is a great start to a new series. Quite a few characters from the previous books put in an appearance which was fun or added to the drama. I like Emily as a main character and can't wait to see what the author has in store for her in the next book.
Emily broken but not defeated after a surprise break up turns home to lick her wounds. Living with her mother again proves challenge and she is soon looking for a job so she can save up enough money to move out. The only job she is offered is working for a crimInal defence lawyer as his paralegal. The first case they work on is defending a Mexican woman that killed a man at a party that they were both at. The defendant doesn't seem to understand the seriousness of the situation and is fact more worried about a little girl that no one knows anything about. As Emily looks in to the case behind her new boss's back, as he wants her to only work on paying customers and to leave it to child services, Emily discovers that there is more going on with there there client than she is telling but then again Emily and even her boss has there own secrets to keep.
I liked the narrator as she was easy to follow along with.

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  • Laura T
  • 26-06-16

Dumb

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't really answer this without being insulting and I apologize in advance. This book aggravated me. First, it's aimed at women which isn't what bothers me. Someone who would read this book who lives in a dry county, naive, lives a sheltered life, conservative, very silly. The writing is fine and so is the narration, I just couldn't stand the content. Silly, silly book. I couldn't finish the book.

What was most disappointing about Pamela Fagan Hutchins’s story?

Emotional silly heroine who is weak and naive. I can't stand women who act like their reproductive organs are the center of the universe. Would the author stop having the heroine passing out and bleeding from her "girlie parts" please? It doesn't take a genius to reproduce. There is more to the world than babies, and marriage. It's a big world out there.. That and the heroine is just dumb! Since when do women lose 100 IQ points due to their reproductive hormones? How does she get up in the mornings without hurting herself? Same goes for her silly mother. Did I mention silly? She (the author and her heroine) put women back a hundred years. A lot of judgmental, nosy characters. One word -ADOPT.

What does Tracy Hundley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I wouldn't even crack open the book. I obviously didn't look closely when I ordered the book. My bad. Serves me right for not taking the time to read the synopsis closer.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance and a waste of time. I didn't finish the book.

Any additional comments?

Do people like this actually exist in real life? I hope not. I do not mean to insult the author or the readers who love this book. I just didn't like the heroine and her boo hooing over her reproductive system. There are always options. Women are stronger and smarter then that.

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  • Old fat guy that runs
  • 15-06-15

Great as usual

Hutchins once again hits a home run! Looking forward to the next episode in the series.

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  • Kathleen Jones
  • 24-08-16

Good mystery

This books has as unusual main character, Emily. Emily has problems that are familiar to all of us; divorce, pregnant, broke, having to move back home, and a job that she's not sure about. Emily is a paralegal and she ends up being an assistant investigator. Humorous and entertaining.

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  • Anita S.
  • 13-06-16

Had my arm hairs standing on end!

If you could sum up Heaven to Betsy in three words, what would they be?

WILD WILD RIDE

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven to Betsy?

Jeez, there were so many, but I loved when I realized she had finally found Valentina!

What about Tracy Hundley’s performance did you like?

She has a very believable Texas twang, and her interpretation of Jack was surprisingly good, too!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yeah, all of it. Especially the part where she saw the Mountain Spirit at the end.

Any additional comments?

I loved the whole book, found it really fun and adventurous.....The entire last chapter was AMAZING.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-06-16

Heaven to Betsy

A surprisingly good story. I loved the plot and characters. Though this author is new to me I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Rusty
  • 15-02-16

Jack Ass

While the author showed some comedic talent, I thought attorney Jack was more of a jackass than a romantic hero. He didn't seem sympathetic or concerned that the 6 year old daughter of one of his clients was missing - what kind of human beings doesn't care about an innocent child?

I wanted to like Emily, a late 20s paralegal with a gay husband and an unexpected pregnancy. I found it implausible that she didn't suspect his true sexual orientation when her young healthy husband showed almost NO interest in having a sex with her. Then when she caught him cheating, Emily ran home to stay with her mother, a cold and judgmental woman - what was she thinking?

Heaven to Betsy had potential, if Jack wasn't so cold & self-absorbed and Emily had more confidence & common sense. The plot may appeal to young adults but made me want to slap both Jack and Emily. Also, the narrator sounded like a snotty teenager.

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  • randrifter
  • 18-07-19

Pretty good story

Review for the audiobook: Heavens to Betsy, by Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Narrated by Trace Hundley

I stepped outside my normal interest when I got this audiobook. I’d long been hearing about Pamela Fagan Hutchins, knew she was both prolific and successful in her writing career. I was ready to dive in and see (hear) what kind of writer and storyteller she is.

The opening was great and the first chapter is a good hook. I like the characters and the Southern (Texas-style) descriptions. The story was easy to follow and I enjoyed the sense of humor and witticisms of Emily, the main character. Considering that Romantic Mysteries are not a style of book I would normally read or listen to, I think Pamela did a good job with the story.

The narrator was okay, not great, not terrible. Her accent got a bit grating before I was half-way through the audiobook. I have many friends from Texas, so it wasn’t the Texas dialect. Some of the character voices were off – they would have been better if read straight. Other times the narrator sounded more like she was just reading off the page and not really ‘into’ the script.

If you’re interested in this audiobook, I suggest listening to a sample first. If you’re okay with the narrator – dive in and enjoy. If you don’t care for the way she voices the story, I would still suggest you read the novel for yourself and enjoy the humor of Pamela Fagan Hutchins.

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  • Nicole
  • 07-07-19

Great book!

This was a great book and kept me guessing till the end! I started to get confused with characters having different names but he author tried to keep you up to date lol good cozy mystery! A great way to spend a day and i love audio books since I have a long drive to work!

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  • Trudy
  • 26-06-19

Another great murder mystery by Pamela!

I first met Emily in Saving Grace (Katie & Annalise). She was the stable half of Katie’s work life. I liked her from the get go and although she was married I secretly wished she would end up with Colin. When he announces he is engaged, in Finding Harmony I knew my hope would never happen. Color me surprised when Heaven to Betsy starts with the dissolution of Emily’s marriage. I was saddened, of course, but looked forward to seeing where Emily would go. Things get crazy fast! We are introduced to a bunch of new characters, including the solitary man Jack. He is quiet, tight lipped and Emily’s new boss. A murder quickly becomes a mystery and a fast paced adventure begins! Once again I was left jumping to the wrong conclusions and being taken on an unexpected journey! I cannot wait to read what will happen in the next book!

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  • KJB73
  • 25-05-17

Great read......

I would consider this a "mild" murder mystery. Not such a "dark" crime drama--was fun to listen to.