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Publisher's Summary

USA Best Book Award-winning series in cross-genre fiction.

A fast-paced prequel mystery featuring all the kick ass What Doesn't Kill You female sleuths.

It's five years before Katie runs away to the islands, and this time her travels take her closer to home: back to her law school reunion. With Emily as her plus-one and Michele rounding out the party, their evening at a murder mystery dinner theater goes awry with weird former classmates, too many cocktails, and - oh yeah - a real murder onstage before the cast finishes Act One. Meanwhile, fallen-star Maggie loses out on her chance at redemption in the starring role when she shows up polluted, and Ava gleefully fills in, in more ways than one. Laura, on a stopover between races, attends on gifted tickets from a grateful horse owner, and has a ringside view to the circus. The women's paths crisscross and backtrack over each other in ways that will resonate for years to come, with each holding clues she doesn't know she has to the identity of the murderer, who is far too close to one of them for comfort.

©2016 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2017 Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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Great prequel to the series!

Loved the story and how all their lives intertwine! The narration wasn't my favorite. The series is a must read!

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Prequel for What Doesn't Kill You

Relatively fast read bringing together some of the characters from the What Doesn't Kill You series. It's fun to go back to the beginning when you already know the people.

I listened to the audio version and I enjoyed the narrator. She did a great job with the individual voices. This series is for mature audiences. Maybe PG-13.

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Love all the ladies of this series.

How fun to have all of the feisty ladies from the series all in one place. Follow each of them in their individual stories. You won’t be disappointed.

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A well-written story from a very good author

Act One (What Doesn't Kill You #0.5), my first read/listen from author Pamela Fagan Hutchins, Well-written & enjoyable. a cute, clean entertaining mystery. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Tracy Hundley. I look forward to reading more in this series & from this author, my only question is why did I wait so long to read this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Fast-paced prequel to "What Doesn't Kill You"

This is a prequel to the "What Doesn't Kill You" mystery series. Katie, Emily, and Michele attend a dinner mystery theater performance that's part of a law school reunion. Unfortunately, the performance ends abruptly with a real murder on stage before the end of Act One.

We also meet the actors, including Maggie, Becky, and Ava, who have more than enough conflict amongst them to spark a murder.

Laura is on a stopover between races, attending on tickets given to her by a grateful racehorse owner.

They all cross paths, sparking connections and conflicts. There's a lot going on, and none of them can keep track of it all.

It's fast-paced and engaging, and gives a look at the sleuths of "What Doesn't Kill You" before they were sleuths.

Worth a listen, especially if you enjoy the series.

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Good Story

A novella giving us details about the Female characters in her books. Good background to have before starting her good books
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Act one to a good series

I enjoyed this book and loved the way the author combined all the heroines from her series in place. Some knew each other and some didn't and it was fun listening out for names I knew especially as I listened to this book last so I knew the characters and what happens to them. It is a bit short for my liking as I like a real mystery but it was still fun and is great for if you only have a few hours to fill in. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character.
There is a lawyer reunion and as part of the entertainment they put on a murder mystery play but before the end of act one there is a real life murder on stage. With lies,drink and drugs on the menu will the murder get soloved before the second act?
The narrator is the same one that reads the Emily books in the series and I like her easy reading style.