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Deadly Fall

3.04 of 5 stars 3.04  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  14 reviews

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 had

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Published March 1st 2011 by TouchWood Editions (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lou Allin
Insurance adjuster Paula Savard knows something is wrong the moment she approaches the Elbow River near her house in Calgary. Yellow crime-scene tape rarely decorates the jogging trail in this safe Canadian city. Her intrusive male neighbour says that a woman has been shot. Then Paula finds that her absent friend Callie Moss has left a message on her answering machine. No doubt nattering on about her perfect life, Paula imagines, declining to listen to the note. Her own life is a boring shambles ...more
Since I prefer to read plot-driven fiction, I found this book enjoyable on that point alone. There were some interesting plot developments, IMO. However, the characters were quite weakly written. Another reviewer commented that the characters were too ordinary. I'm fine with that but they were quite two dimensional as well. What I noticed even more was that none of the relationships between any of the characters felt real, like watching a movie where the actors don't get along behind the scenes. ...more
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 won
“Deadly Fall” is Susan Calder’s first mystery novel set in Calgary. I’m drawn to mysteries with a strong sense of place and they really work for me if they can combine local flair with some interesting characters and a suspenseful plot. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t deliver it for me. I gave it 100 pages and then put it aside.

The local flair is actually there. Not only in naming familiar places but also in providing some of the anecdotes that are so unique for a place like Calgary. Where else
Jun 27, 2011 Denise rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denise by: Calgary Herald Bestseller List
What I most enjoyed about this book is that it's set in my home town of Calgary, and I liked the constant surprise of reading the names of some of my favourite spots in and around the city. Calder also introduces us to quite an array of interesting characters.

However, the pacing varied too much for my liking...sometimes seeming to drag interminably and other times jumping from one impulse to "help" the police with their investigation to another. I found it hard to believe that the central chara
I picked up this book from the New and Notables shelf at the library because I enjoy reading mysteries. This one kept me guessing to the end, which I found surprising and believable. Paula, the protagonist,is a strong, well-developed character. The other characters were equally interesting. I'll look out for the next book in the series to follow their further adventures.
Wow - loved it. This book has a protagonist that is just like your friendly aunt. She gets involved in helping the cops solve her best friends' murder. I loved the Calgary scenes, and the characters are all just like real people. If you like Sue Grafton or Gail Bowen, then you will love this series. I can't wait for the next one in the series.
Very well done! Although I had the right perpetrator, I certainly didn't have the motive. It was also quite interesting to read a book set in a city I'd actually visited. Love it .... would read more by Susan Calder ..... would seek them out ..... she's really, really good!
Being a Calgarian, it was a lovely experience to be able to actually have visited the sites mentioned in Ms. Calder book. The novel was a nice light read.
May 03, 2011 Leanne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leanne by: Strathcona LTO book group
Reading this with Strathcona LTO book group.
Murder mystery with a local setting.
Not sure why they bothered to publish it in hardcover.
Amy Ann
I didn't finish as the author swore continually. I do not recommend. It wasn't interesting enough to continue reading.
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