Deadly Fall Hardcover – Mar 15 2011
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A pointedly nuanced debut novel, Deadly Fall sparkles with tone and energy that set the pace, a concise storyline, and edgy dialogue that moves the story forward. —Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator(2011-04-15)
Paula is an intelligent, determined, often critical (though in a good way) yet still compassionate amateur sleuth, who is front and center in this mystery debut. —Mysterious Reviews(2011-04-15)
First-time novelist Calder hits the target with this fast-moving amateur sleuth outing. —Lou Allin, Crime Writers of Canada(2011-04-15)
About the Author
Susan Calder is a member of the Mystery Writers INK and the Writer’s Guild of Alberta. She has a degree in Urban Studies from Concordia University. Susan’s poems and short stories can be found in The Prairie Journal, Alberta Views, Avenue, and the Silver Boomers Anthology. She teaches writing at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society in Calgary, where she lives. Deadly Fall is her first novel and the first in the Paula Savard mystery series.
Please visit Susan at www.susancalder.com or follow her on Facebook.
Top Customer Reviews
There were several twists, but they were all consistent with the characters and what had already happened in the novel. On the whole, I found the characters to be quite likeable and the story to be layered enough without becoming overly convoluted.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries.
Deadly Fall is the first in a new series set in Calgary, Alberta, and author Susan Calder provides great descriptions of different communities within the city. She also does a wonderful job of portraying the complexity of friendships, new and old. The angst of strained friendships is a terrific theme which leads to a surprising but satisfying ending.
When you're reading an amateur sleuth story dealing with family, friends, and coworkers, it's always a little tough to remember all the characters at first, and this group has overlapping marital histories which made relationships even more complicated. Yet, characters are sufficiently drawn so I could soon distinguish one from the other. Paula is a 52-year-old divorced insurance adjuster with two daughters and an uncertain love life, and I think readers will relate to her concerns and struggles. As an insurance adjuster, she has an inquisitive, semi-suspicious mind, and is a natural at knocking on doors to ask questions. It's a terrific job for an amateur sleuth, and I look forward to reading more of Paula's adventures in future.
Most recent customer reviews
I found this to be a quick read and it kept me guessing until the end. I'm also a Calgarian and I enjoyed the local references. Read morePublished on May 10 2011 by Karen Willsteed
I am a huge mystery fan. I've read most of the well known mystery authors out there. I have no idea what the negative review is talking about??? Read morePublished on May 8 2011 by Mystery reader
We selected this book for our latest bookclub read, and though we aren't yet finished, the concensus is that we don't like it. Read morePublished on April 26 2011 by nmmj