Goodreads: 2010 Winner of the Writers League of Texas’s Romance Manuscript contest
2012 Winner of the Houston Writers Guild’s Ghost Story contest
Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously in a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. When she flees Texas for the Caribbean, Katie escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked Bloody Mary habit, but she trades one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. She’s bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she’s as much a danger to herself as the island’s bad guys are. As the worst of her worlds collide, Katie drags herself back to the courthouse to defend her new friend Ava, an island local accused of stabbing the senator she’s been sleeping with.
Pamela Fagan Hutchins, a former attorney and native Texan, lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for nearly ten years. She refuses to admit to taking notes for this novel during that time.
Ope’s Opinion: This is the first in a series of books. Hutchins took a lot of time in this book to set up the story behind Katie Connell being on the island of St. Marcos. The description of the island is vivid. Hutchins made you feel like you were there.
The jumbie ( ghost ) part was not my favorite. I do not care for super natural things in stories. If you do, you will probably like that part of the story.
The mystery part of it only seem to happen in the last part of the book. It was all solved at the end of this book.