A Paula Savards Mystery by Susan Calder
Review: When Paula Savard's friend Callie is murdered, Paula's dull life quickly becomes a whirlwind of excitement in Deadly Fall, the first mystery in this series by Susan Calder.
Paula had received a voice mail a few days ago from Callie, who suggests they get together and catch up. Paula, who hadn't heard from Callie for years, hadn't gotten around to returning the call yet … but is shocked to learn that Callie had been murdered before dawn while walking down a path in Paula's neighborhood. She's even more surprised when the police consider her a "person of interest". As if that made any sense. The authorities don't seem to be making any progress in the case, so Paula, as an insurance adjuster, who knows how to ask questions, begins her own investigation into the murder. Who would have a reason to kill her? Her husband? Her ex-husband? Her step-son? Ignoring the police advice to back-off, she's determined to identify her friend's killer on her own terms.
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. Indeed, the murder investigation often seems to be secondary to everything else going on in Paula's life. She's a solidly developed character, one readers will want to get to know better, with an interesting supporting cast, which should serve her well in subsequent books. With possibly a new profession in hand, and her first case behind her, readers will look forward to seeing how she fares with a more challenging mystery to solve.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Deadly Fall.
Acknowledgment: TouchWood Editions provided a copy of Deadly Fall for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Deadly Fall: Calgary, Alberta
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Deadly Fall by Susan Calder — A Paula Savards Mystery
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Publication Date: March 2011
List Price: $26.95