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Friday, March 15, 2019

Live Wire by Pamela Fagan Hutchins: Review ~ Lone Star Literary Book Blog Tour

LIVE WIRE (Maggie, Book One) A What Doesn't Kill You World Romantic Mystery
by
PAMELA FAGAN HUTCHINS
  Genre: Romantic Mystery
Date of Publication: March 6, 2019
Number of Pages: 270

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A hook-up turned lethal. A spurned, angry cowboy. Can rebel Maggie turn the tables before a killer adds her to the list of lost causes?

Washed-up alt-country rocker-turned-junker Maggie Killian is pulled to Wyoming by an irresistible force . . . former bull rider Hank Sibley, the man who broke her heart fifteen years before. When she unexpectedly meets his Sunday school-teaching girlfriend at a saloon, Maggie seeks liquor-fueled oblivion between the sheets of a younger man’s bed. But after her beloved vintage truck breaks down and leaves her stranded in the Cowboy State, she learns her hook-up died minutes after leaving their rendezvous. Suddenly surrounded by men with questionable motives, Maggie searches for the murderer while fighting the electricity between herself and her old beau, and her new penchant for local whiskey. When the police zero in on Maggie despite a disturbing series of break-ins at her guest cabin, she realizes she’s got no one to rely on but herself. To keep herself happily in bars instead of behind them, she must stop the killer before the cops realize the man she really suspects is a jealous, angry Hank. Live Wire is the first standalone book in a trilogy featuring sharp-tongued protagonist Maggie Killian from the addictive What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series. If you like nerve-racking suspense, electric characters and relationships, and juicy plot twists, then you’ll love USA Today best seller Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ Silver Falchion award-winning series.

"Maggie is irresistible." 
Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon bestselling
author of My Sister's Grave
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This is my first book by Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and I enjoyed getting to experience a new author's writing. Live Wire is a continuation of her "What Doesn't Kill You" series, and though some references are made to previous characters and situations, Live Wire, for the most part, can be read as a stand-alone mystery. 

Maggie is a washed-up musician, turned junk picker who is travelling in Wyoming on her way back to her home state of Texas. Her travels have an ulterior motive, though, as she is sort of stalking a former lover, Hank. When she finds out that he is in a new relationship (even though the last time they were together she told him to take a hike), her jealousy leads to to an unfortunate one-night-stand with someone she picks up in a bar. Imagine her shock when said one-night-stand ends up with a bashed-in skull in the hotel parking lot after the encounter!  

Instead of facing the music, so to speak, and admitting she was with the victim the night of his murder, Maggie hides out on a ranch with a group of quirky characters who were some of my favorites in the book. Maggie investigates the murder on her own, and there will be more than one dead body before she finds out the who and the why of this mystery.

Maggie Killian is a very unique character, one I didn't necessarily like all that much at first, but one I could appreciate as well-drawn and distinct, with so much personality that I talked to her a bit while I was reading the book! Mainly, things like, "that's fairly immature and selfish, Maggie;" but I recognized the very human emotions that she was experiencing, and could relate to her in that aspect. Normally I feel that using profanity as character-development is lazy on an author's part, but the language does seem to fit with the rest of who Maggie Killian is, in all her complexity as a character. But if you don't care for f-bombs, just be warned there are a number of them in this novel.

The title "Live Wire" is an appropriate moniker for the main character - dangerous to be around, and better to be avoided at all costs. Maggie wants what she wants, but recognizes that she often leaves disaster in her wake.  She says near the end of the book: "I am a dangerous person. I hurt everyone;" but ultimately she makes a sacrificial decision that goes against her normal nature. I find myself wanting to know what will happen next in her life.

The pace of the narrative is smooth and there is a welcome lack of editing issues to deal with, which is always a pleasure in a reading experience. I can see recommending this book to someone who who enjoys unique characters and realistic dialogue with their mysteries. There are also two more books in the "Maggie" series coming, so readers will be able to see what she is up to next. Look for Sick Puppy coming next month.




Pamela Fagan Hutchins is a USA Today best seller. She writes award-winning romantic mysteries from deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. She is passionate about long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs and riding her gigantic horses.
If you'd like Pamela to speak to your book club, women's club, class, or writers' group, by Skype or in person, shoot her an e-mail. She's very likely to say yes. Connect with Pamela on the web.
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Praise for Pamela Fagan Hutchins


2018 USA Today Best Seller

2017 WINNER Silver Falchion Award, Best Mystery

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
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Fatality in F by Alexia Gordon ~ Lone Star Literary Book Blog Tour Series Spotlight

FATALITY IN F
A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 4 
by
Alexia Gordon
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: February 26, 2019
Number of Pages: 234

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Fresh from solving her third mystery—and saving Dunmullach's firstborn males from a vengeful ghost—Gethsemane Brown's ready to relax and enjoy her summer. Her plans include nothing more dangerous than performing in the opening ceremony of the annual rose and garden show and cheering on Frankie Grennan, who's entered his hybrid rose into the competition.
But when a mysterious stalker starts leaving Frankie floral bouquets as coded messages, Gethsemane fears a copy-cat may be planning to recreate the still-unsolved murders of the infamous Flower Shop Killer. Then Frankie's main competitor in the rose show—and the reason his marriage failed—turns up dead in Frankie's rose garden. Frankie takes first prize in the category "prime suspect.”
So much for a relaxing summer. 
As bodies start dropping like rose petals, Gethsemane must judge the other suspects and find the real killer. Or rose bushes won't be the only things dead-headed in Dunmullach.

PRAISE FOR THE GETHSEMANE BROWN MYSTERY SERIES:


Book 1, Murder in G Major
Winner of the 2017 Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel
2016 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel
Suspense magazine "Best of 2016" selection in Debut Novel category

Book 2, Death in D Minor
Runner-Up, 2017 Lone Star Bloggers' Choice Awards, Best Mystery

Book 3, Killing in C Sharp
Starred review, Publisher's Weekly, January 29, 2018





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MURDER IN G MAJOR (Book One)
With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none. The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of the cottage’s murdered owner haunts the place. Falsely accused of killing his wife (and himself), he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace.  



DEATH IN D MINOR (Book Two)
Gethsemane Brown, African-American musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy now. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord's about to sell to a developer, and her brother-in-law is visiting. She scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and find a way to save the cottage from destruction. But real estate takes a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. Gethsemane strikes a deal with the investigator to go undercover at a charity ball and snoop for evidence of a forgery/theft ring in exchange for her help. At the party, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an eighteenth-century sea captain, then ends up the prime suspect in the party host’s murder. She races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate herself, then the killer targets her. Will she bring a murderer to justice, or will her encore investigation become her swan song? Gethsemane’s reluctant investigation provokes a dormant killer and she soon finds herself in grave danger. As Gethsemane races to prevent a deadly encore, will she uncover the truth or star in her own farewell performance?

KILLING IN C SHARP (Book Three)
She saved Carraigfaire—can she save her friends?
Gethsemane Brown fought off an attack by a sleazy hotel developer who wanted to turn her Irish cottage into a tourist trap. Now she must face a vengeful ghost determined to exact revenge for her murder centuries ago. The ghost's wrath spares no one—not Gethsemane’s students, Inspector Niall O’Reilly, fellow teacher Frankie Grennan, or a group of ghost hunters descended on Dunmullach to capture proof ghosts exist. Proof Gethsemane has to quash to keep Eamon, her resident ghost and friend, from becoming an internet sensation.



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A writer since childhood, Alexia Gordon won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in North Chicago, IL. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.
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