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Deadly Fall [Hardcover]

Susan Calder
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Book Description

March 15 2011 Paula Savard Mysteries

Paula Savard's life has stalled. Her lukewarm love life, job as an insurance adjuster and grownup children are more frustrating than exciting. However, she gets more than she asked for when her once best friend, Callie, is murdered while jogging to Paula's inner-city Calgary home. The police suggest Callie was coming to Paula for help, which is news to Paula since they hadn't seen each other in ages. Soon, Paula's suspicions zero in on Callie's new husband, Sam.

An ill-considered investigation turns personal for Paula when she begins to get close to Sam, but is Sam's interest a front to trick Paula? Lies begin accumulating. Suddenly, Paula's not sure who she should protect and who she should fear. As the truth reveals itself, Paula hatches a plan to draw the killer out. The plan's success would not only allow her to solve the murder, but also give her life a fresh start. Also available in paperback.

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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


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


First-time novelist Calder hits the target with this fast-moving amateur sleuth outing. —Lou Allin, Crime Writers of Canada


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 or follow her on Facebook.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner June 2 2011
A friend of mine from Calgary told me about this novel since she enjoyed the local setting so I gave it a try (even though I live in Toronto). I was done in a week, since it turned out to be a real page turner.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice read July 9 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a good book and not only because I personally know the author. She is a new author and I recommend her book to everyone. I believe this will be a series of three books, so enjoy it as there is more to come. Thanks Susan for the entertainment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Mysery about Complex Friendships Nov. 13 2012
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Paula Savard is shocked to learn that her friend Callie was shot to death while jogging near Paula's home. Paula feels guilt for not having kept in touch with Callie, and for not returning her recent phone message. Upon contacting Callie's family and friends, it isn't long before Paula wonders if one of them killed her.

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.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long term Mystery Reader May 8 2011
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??? This book had a great plot, described very believably the long term friendship of two women from high school and met my criteria for a good read. Admittedly, because I'm from Calgary I really enjoyed the book being set here. I particularly enjoyed the Mt Indefatigable hike as it's exactly as described and a perfect setting for "getting rid of someone". KS from Calgary
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