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Fighting for Anna: A Michele Romantic Mystery

What Doesn't Kill You, Book 8
Narrated by: Natalie Gray
Series: What Doesn't Kill You, Book 8, Michele, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Murder and political intrigue shatter a peaceful retreat.

Michele retreats to the country while her teens are away for the summer, to write the memoirs of her elderly neighbor, Gidget - a reclusive former Houston art gallery owner - and learn how to be alone in the wake of her husband’s death. But when Gidget dies unexpectedly, she leaves everything to Michele except a bequest to a daughter no one knew existed. Suddenly, Michele's country quiet is shattered, and half of Texas shows up: some to help, some to contest the will, and others to make sure the mystery daughter is never found alive.

See why Pamela’s novels have won contest after contest.

2017 Winner - Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery

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're going to love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela splits her time between Nowheresville, Texas, and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming.

The Michele reviews are in, and they're good. Very, very good.

"Immediately hooked." (Terry Sykes-Bradshaw, author of Sibling Revelry)

"Spellbinding." (Jo Bryan, Dry Creek Book Club)

"Fast-paced mystery." (Deb Krenzer, book reviewer)

"Can't put it down." (Cathy Bader, reader)

"LOVED IT!" (Marcy McKay, author of Pennies from Burger Heaven)

Catch more adventures with Michele and her friends in the What Doesn't Kill You world.

Grab your copy of Fighting for Anna today.

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

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Excellent listen!!

I have never read or listened to any works from this author before, however I didn’t feel like I was lost or missing anything throughout the book. The past was never over explained either, so that a plus if you’ve listened to the previous books!

I really enjoyed this book a lot! Its a little out of my supernatural wheelhouse, but a good book is a good book!!!

The writer offers so much depth and detail that every scene really just comes alive in your head. At times the detail bogged me down a little. It is mystery novel, so I wanted to be sure I wasn’t missing any important details.

With that said, from the very beginning the story takes you in and you don’t want to stop listening! Despite the fact that there are quite a few players I was never confused or lost. The narrator didn’t give an overly emotional read, but I felt like that was ok and it matched the characters personality. She was clear and I enjoyed her voice.

I do agree with other reviews that this is not a romance novel. However, I really enjoyed the new friendships made in this book the most and the personal and vulnerable moments that the characters shared.

I look forward to checking out more from this author!

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Fighting For Anna

Michele decides to spend the summer in the country, while the kids are at camp. She has been asked by the neighbor to write her memoirs, As others find out it seems Anna is murdered. The story and case are good and will keep you going, The book has a great plot and plot twist. I do wish it was a bit more fast paced. I also would have liked Michele to take all the things happening to her more seriously. Over all a good listen. And the narration is nice and easy to listen to.

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Suspense until the very end!

This one was another great continuation of the ‘what doesn’t kill you’ series. I enjoy Michele and her kids along with all the new added characters. Rashidi sounds like a hunk lol. I never imagined this one would end how it did but I wasn’t pleasantly shocked and surprised. Great read!

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Another great story with lots of mystery!!!

Michele is still learning how to live without her husband and now her children are getting ready to leave the nest, at least for the Summer in Sam’s case. Nothing is easy for her, not even retreating to the country home site her husband bought for their anniversary before his death. When a dog comes running at Michele and the kids their life will change forever once again!

A new mystery and intrigued are quickly throwing a monkey wrench on Michele’s plans for the Summer. She gets no time alone and some hair raising moments in this latest installation of series!

I always love the various characters, personalities, beliefs, etc. of Pamela’s characters and this book has a ton of my favorites! I actually started reading Pamela’s books with Live Wire and Maggie so it was great seeing her from before her stories begin.

I really loved this story and can’t wait for the next one!

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A Lovely Cozy Mystery

This was a lovely cozy mystery to listen to. The characters are well developed and likable. Although this is book two of this series, you don't have to listen/read book one to enjoy it. It has twists and turns, a bit of suspense (cozy remember) and quite the adventure from beginning to end. I thought the narration was well done. Natalie Gray gave each character their own voice and emotions and I felt she really helped to bring the story to life for the listener. Her voice is nice and she read at a comfortable pace. Overall, a very lovely cozy mystery to escape into for a bit. I would recommend this book to my friends.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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This should have not been labeled a mystery or romance. The performer was nonchalant and the main character was no heroism. She was good with the shotgun. I did not like this book.

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THIS. yes. THIS.

Where does Fighting for Anna: A Michele Romantic Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of Pamela Fagan Hutchins audiobooks, it may be among my favorite! And her books are the tippety top on the list of all suspense novels I have listened to.

What other book might you compare Fighting for Anna: A Michele Romantic Mystery to and why?

Well, the whole What Doesn't Kill You Series is just wonderful. I love the twists, the turns, the humanity of the main characters...

What about Natalie Gray’s performance did you like?

OMG,I think she is my favorite narrators of this series. Her accents are wonderful, and all of the characters had a richness to them, making it easy to stay in the story.

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

I was just thinking at the end of this book, that ALL her books really crescendo. I love the action packed endings.

But the part that stopped me in my tracks was when they arrested Michelle!

Any additional comments?

I listen to these while I work with my hands...I am transported, entertained, intrigued, and involved all the way through!

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  • Julie
  • 07-05-19

Don't put up a fight just listen to this book

I enjoyed this book. You never know where Pamela is going to take you with one of her stories and this one a pleasant surprise. The book is meant to be a romantic mystery but as Michele's husband died in the first part of the trilogy there is not much romance, although a hint of who it might be is given in this book. I can't wait for book three to see who she ends up falling for. Don't worry is you haven't read the first one because it nicely goes over the previous book but not in to much detail that if you have read it you get bored. I managed to get through this book without any tissues and I loved learning more about Michele and her family.
After the death of her husband Michele moves into a caravan on the property her husband brought for her and soon meets her elderly neighbor. After learning the fact that Michele is a write she asks her to write her life story but Michele and her children stumble over her body before she can do more than unpack a box photos. When Michele discovers that she was written into the will in Lou of payment she feels obligated to continue with her wishes and write the book. This has far reaching conquerences as her story contains a secret that someone wants kept berried at any cost.
The narrator was good and easy to listen to.