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August Free Read is Ten Day in Summer, a Mystery/Suspense novel by Susan Calder Click this cover to download a PDF copy.



A native of Montreal, Susan Calder worked as an insurance claims examiner before taking up writing at the age of 39.  Susan moved west to Calgary in 1996 with her husband and two sons. She is the author of three novels and numerous short stories. Her work ranges from murder mystery to suspense and literary.  

Susan teaches fiction writing courses and workshops at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and serves on the board of Calgary’s annual When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers. When she’s not writing or engaged in writing-related activities, Susan is likely to be travelling, hiking or visiting her sons and granddaughter in Ontario.  


Author of Deadly Fall and Ten Days in Summer, books 1 & 2 of the Paula Savard mystery novel series set in Calgary and just released To Catch a Fox, a novel (BWL Ltd.)

And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” - Lennon-McCartney



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Julie Fox is on the run. A psychotic breakdown has shattered her career in Calgary, her marriage and her love for her child. Julie travels to California to search for her mother and learn the root of her problems.


Clues at a cult-like retreat appear to hold the answers. As the retreat leaders lure Julie into their twisted game, her ex-husband tries to wrest her from their control. Trapped in a tangle of lies, Julie’s grip on reality falters.


Who will catch Julie Fox? Or will she break free, confront the truth about her past and set out on a new journey?






Calgary, Alberta, gears up for its ten-day Stampede festival. When a hoarder dies in a suspicious house fire, adjuster Paula Savard sets the revelry aside to handle the property insurance claim. But Paula’s interviews with the hoarder’s bickering heirs raise questions. What are they hiding from each other and the police? Are they trying to help or to sabotage the investigation? Did one of them set the blaze to kill a relative and hasten an inheritance?

The case turns personal when Paula’s daughter becomes involved with a suspect and moves into his home. If Paula learns the truth, she can ensure her daughter’s safety. While the police are occupied with keeping order during the Stampede, Paula digs through the hoarder’s life. She unearths betrayal, murder and a long-ago secret that led to his death. Exposing the truth would put Paula at risk, but free a troubled family.

Editorial Reviews
“A pointedly nuanced debut novel, ...sparkles with tone and energy that set the pace, a concise storyline, and edgy dialogue that moves the story forward…a debut worth reading and a possible series with insurance claims providing a minefield of potential stories.” -- Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator

“Paula is an intelligent, determined, often critical (though in a good way) yet still compassionate sleuth, who is front and center in this mystery debut. 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.” -- Mysterious Reviews