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Deadly Fall Hardcover – Mar 15 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: TouchWood Editions (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926741188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926741185
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,194,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hill on June 2 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Howard Lowry on July 9 2013
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lezer on Sept. 6 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm sorry to say I found this the most boring "mystery" I've ever read. As mentioned in the description, this is "an ill-considered investigation" by the main character into a murder that turns out to be related to events in the past which involved most of the characters. It is completely unbelievable that the police would listen to her, give her information, and in the end even cooperate with her to draw out the killer. None of the characters are really fleshed out or remotely likeable. The endless dialogues between characters and Paula's own ruminations and speculations are boring and there is no beautiful prose that could help save the day. A total waste of time in my opinion.
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