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Heaven to Betsy

When a dead body swan-dives from a balcony into the pool at a wedding, gossip comes to a halt about disgraced paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily - whose husband left her for a woman who turns out to be a man. Enter Jack, a secretive attorney and sexy mix of cowboy and Indian. She refuses to work for him, until she learns about the disappearance of the six-year old daughter of his notorious client Sofia. Emily launches a desperate search for her. Bodies pile up in her wake across Texas and New Mexico as the walls around her own secrets begin to crumble.

Earth to Emily

Emily only wants two little things. The first is to adopt Betsy - the girl who has stolen her heart but could be deported to Mexico at any time. The other is a second chance with her boss, Jack, a smolderingly hot and mysterious criminal defense attorney. But before Emily can dare to hope for either (or both), the obstacles between them mount: two runaway teenagers, an aging exotic dancer, and a dead trucker.

Hell to Pay

Emily finally has her life back on track. Then client Phil Escalante's childhood buddy Dennis drops dead, face first into a penis cake at the adult novelty store. The cops charge Phil with murder right on the heels of his trial for burglarizing the Mighty is His Word Church. Emily's nemesis ADA Melinda Stafford claims a witness overheard Phil fighting with Dennis over a woman. Before he can mount a defense, Phil falls into a diabetic coma. Meanwhile Betsy’s ultra-religious foster parents apply to adopt her, and Jack starts acting weird and evasive. Emily feels like a calf out of a chute, pulled between the ropes of the header and the heeler, as she fights to help Phil without losing Betsy and Jack.

©2015 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2016 Pamela Fagan Hutchins

What listeners say about The Complete Emily Bernal Trilogy

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If you enjoy vulgar bar trash talk read this

Rude, crude, explicit, with gutter thinking and language. Could not read and did not enjoy.

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Romance, mystery, suspense and humor oh my!

Loved it! Emily is quite the character that seems to find trouble. As a former Amarilloion I couldn't help but laugh at all the references to Amarillo that Pamela used in these books! I really look forward to starting the next book in the series that just came out.

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Missing chapter. Whiny narrator

Chapter 5 missing in book 2. I didn’t finish the trilogy. I couldn’t take the narrator whiny high pitch voice. The storyline is was boring to me.

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I had a difficult time listening as the narrator had only 1 intonation. The entire story (each sentence) started on a higher note and ended on a lower note. Sadly there was no change in her character voices either.

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Very mixed and inconsistent parts

There are three books in this "box set". (ASIDE-when there are three books and the format is three sections, it would be MUCH better to make each section a separate book!). My main comment is, for a cozy mystery, there is FAR TOO MUCH religion of the "God answers all of your prayers in real time so get down on your knees and pray" sort, although thankfully, it's not attempting to convert anyone. If it were, then I wouldn't have read it…
I wrote a review of the third book for GoodReads that sort of encompasses my thoughts on the series overall:
I gave this one more star than the other two in the series, but really I should've only been able to give it 3 1/2 stars, because there was still far too much going down on my knees and praying nonsense! But the story was involved in religion, so I can't exactly faulted for being "too religious", although it was. I guess it was trying to emphasize that religion itself, by definition, is not the evil; it's the people who call themselves religious in some cases. The story was annoying. I think I need to go back and change the rating to three stars. But it had a happy ending, which I guess is supposed to be the goal of cozy mysteries…
Actually, the more I think about it, the less I really like it. It's tempting to say I like it because of the of the characters have been painted as likable people like Emily; I like Laura; I like Nadine, and I like others. But really, the story itself is frustrating and annoying. Sigh. I guess part of my quandary is they really there are two distinct parts. The romance part is awful: the individuals and reactions are poor at best. The mystery part is engaging and enjoyable. The whole thing makes for a book that teeters on a wall. I am not a romance fan, but I am a mystery fan. And the over-the-top religion aspect: pray for answers and help, pulls it down into the negative side.

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Awesome!!

This was such a well written series!!
I loved everything about each story and hope more will follow !!

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Great story

I have listen to over 20 books and probably haven't written 5 or 6 reviews a book has to really hold my interest for me to write one. This series held my attention from beginning to end I found it hard to put down. The story has everything a good book needs its funny, sad,serious and heart warming it takes you to the edge many times them pulls you back. I well also look for books narrated by this person in the future as she did a great job. I get books to listen to while I am driving I found myself getting out of my truck putting on my ear phones so I could continue to listen because it's har to find a good break point.

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Sad when it ended

This stows well written and performed. It truly drew the listener into the story. I found myself working out longer because it was at such a point I didn’t want to pause it. I highly recommend this for both humor and suspense.

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fantastic!

sweet funny and intriguing! I was captivated by every twist and turn! great imagery and real characters

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Holy Cow WOW as Emily might say!!!

The author, along with a perfect narrator, has woven a great mystery set of stories. Not only that, but also incorporated in so much humor. We laughed all the way through all three books of this box set. We highly recommend it. Bruce & Krystyna.

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  • 02-19-21

Engaging Trilogy.

Really good story line. I liked that the next book mentions situations from the previous book, so you feel you are reading a continuous story rather than 3 separate books.

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  • "starky"
  • 05-25-20

enjoyable with tounge in cheek

Agood coverage of some emotional problems but the heroines abilities too far fetch to make it a believable tale

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  • Helen
  • 05-15-20

brilliant book

amazing
I Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Cat14
  • 04-30-18

Fabulous texas drawl

Although the accent at first annoyed me by turning speed to 1.2 I got with Emily and her adventures - she made several work drives easy as pie (pronounced paaa😀)