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Anita Page’s debut crime novel, DAMNED IF YOU DON'T, is set in the Catskills and features Hannah Fox, a community activist raised in the sixties on picket lines and peace marches. Hannah can’t turn her back when an eminent domain scam that threatens a young friend’s land ends in murder. With her friend under suspicion, Hannah is drawn into the police case, and into a relat ...more
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Carole Howard
While there's so much to like about this book - taut writing, intriguing plot(s) - it was Hannah Fox who reached out and grabbed me. She's a richly-drawn, complex protagonist. Thoroughly-likable, funny, off-beat and irreverent, she jumps from the pages and makes the reader listen up.

I started to get to know her immediately, on the first page (actually, in the first paragraph). She never let me down, getting more compelling as the book went on. Wish she were real and that I knew her. But I'll set
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Kathie Turner
Thoroughly enjoyed this book - wished it was longer because I didn't want it to end. And one of the few mystery books where I didn't know who did the crime until almost the end.
Jacqueline Seewald
Award-winning short story writer, Anita Page, has written an excellent first novel. Hannah Fox, a well-developed, sympathetic character, is a woman of courage, conviction and compassion. Her parents were hippies in the sixties and she was raised in a family of social activists. However, she chose a more conventional lifestyle, marrying, becoming a school teacher, and raising a child in a Catskill New York community.

Hannah cares about helping people, other women in particular. She helps a friend
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Cathi
In this mystery set in a small Catskill Mountain town, we meet Hannah Fox. Teacher and activist, Hannah is helping a friend fight and eminent domain scheme and finds herself in the middle of the murder investigation of a local land developer. Hannah is determined to find the killer and is drawn deeper into the case and its dangers, all while dealing mixed feelings about her long distance marriage and the police investigator she finds herself drawn to. This is a very well written mystery with a p ...more
Susan Chalfin
Teacher and progressive activist Hannah Fox is drawn into a murder investigation in her small upstate New York town when she volunteers at a local hotline for domestic violence victims and her first call ends in a gunshot. She uncovers venal local developers, corrupt politicians and a thicket of ugly domestic violence. While investigating the murder, Hannah must also face tensions in her long-distance marriage, her mixed feelings about the attractive state police investigator she's working with, ...more
Lynn Farris
Anita Page’s first full length novel, ‘Damned if you Don’t captivated me and I hope to read more in a Hannah Fox series. The book kept me up late reading and I finished it in one setting.

I was drawn to it after I heard Ms. Page speak on the ‘Politics Large and Small: Think Globally, Kill Locally’ panel at Malice Domestic. I love mysteries where you have an opportunity to think about a current political issue. ‘Damned if you Don’t’ addresses two timely topics: eminent domain and domestic violence
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Mary Schildman
Good mystery

Good mystery

Wow, many characters that are like the average person, very believable. Tough subject to write about but handled well. Makes you want to volunteer to help. Well written, good characters and a few twists, enjoyable. looking forward to next of Hannah's adventures
Lois
It's rare, these days, to find a mystery I want to pick up and read until I've turned the last page. From beginning to end, this one's a real pleasure, and left me wanting more. The book is peopled by beautifully drawn characters, each distinctive and alive on the page. The Catskill setting is, itself, a darkly rich and nuanced character. Great debut novel for a talented writer; I hope to read more in this series.
Gretchen Gibbs
I hardly read mysteries anymore, but this one broke through the cliches. The upstate New York setting was appealing, and its bucolic beauty was a nice contrast to the dark doings. The heroine was likable, and neither an alcoholic nor a depressive. And best was the tension, edge of the chair throughout, without gratuitous violence. Loved it.
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