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Cold Case in Ellyson Paperback – October 16, 2009

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Her prose reveals an intimacy with the South that can't be faked, and this authenticity is part of what enables her to move so fluidly between gorgeous sensory images and scenes of horrifying emotional power. --Michael Carr, editor of The Zero Game

Her carefully crafted tale of an unsolved murder in an old-fashioned town with old-fashioned secrets is as nostalgic as it is ominous. Personally, I wouldn't be caught dead in the town of Ellyson.Then again, maybe I would. --Poet Taylor Mali

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Cold Case in Ellyson won the Eric Hoffer award for Commercial Fiction in May of 2010.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (October 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449538835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449538835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,381,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Found that having heroine relating background & developing situation in first-person/present tense got & kept my interest.
Fact that family relationships played a role added to intensity.
Appreciated fact that book wasn't "padded"; events & revelations came along briskly, & characters described briefly but quite sufficiently.
Showing extent to which law officers must be multi-taskers like so many of the rest us added to the tension.
Quite surprised when first-person account changed to third-person. Glad the denouement doesn't come as a "cute/clever" discovery on the last page, but comes naturally & believably as result of foot-on-the-ground investigative work.
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I thought it was a great mystery and I liked the way it gently unwrapped a lot of the "gentile southern" personalities. Having grown up in the south I have found that most books and/or movies do not really know how to deal with the southern traditions without a lot of exaggeration. It was also refreshing to read a mystery that dealt with a three dimensional main character. Most writers fail to develop their main character and the reader is left guessing what the main character is about. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a refreshing change from the "typical" mystery novel.
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Remember the gutteral/sensual fascination of the porcelin-skinned beauty clutched in the vice grip of King Kong's course hairy palm? It's pure razor's edge potential, an instant dichotomy of steel and flesh, beauty and evil, love and terror. This was the visceral experience of Susan Anderson's deliciously Southern novel. Simple and honest, yet richly satisfying, probably like the Author herself who undoubtedly LISTENED to the sage advice of writing what you KNOW. Yes, it breaks a few rules, but does so 'in-character' with a Harper Lee brand of genteel confidence only experienced writers can manage. Reading as both a mystery and police-procedural at various times, I nevertheless found myself venturing deeply into her elegant, horrific world; thereby feeling the profound SHOCK of her truly unique literary device like I would the brutal, senseless slaying of a beloved female cousin. I'm very curious to see what else this self-styled Southern Belle has to offer.

Michael Mollick
Screenwriter and Novelist.
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As one of Susan's former English teachers I am very happy to recommend this book to anyone. As the suspense increased toward the end, I had to have my cat in my lap so I wouldn't be sitting alone! A great read. A+
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Amazon's Kindle ereaders plus available apps give almost anybody a viable method for reading ebooks. Their author services lower the entry barriers for someone to "break into print" (virtual print or, through their Createspace publishing subsidiary, traditional paper and ink as well). If this leaves you with visions of "vanity press" and the attitude that if it wasn't good enough to attract a traditional publisher then it isn't good enough, you might reconsider. Times have changed.

Not unlike the music business, traditional publishing often aims for what the most people will like. This leaves talented musicians doing it themselves because they don't fit neatly with what the big labels want. Yet many music fans find their favorites by looking outside the mainstream. Sure, you'll find more duds, but you'll also find those acts that break the formulas you're tired of hearing. As I've been exploring indie authors I've found the same thing. "Cold Case in Ellyson" is my latest case-in-point.

This book is as well executed as most mainstream releases I've read. But I can imagine an agent, editor, or other gatekeeper saying "this book doesn't know if it's a murder mystery or police procedural." Or "you can't have THAT happen halfway through the book - the readers won't like it." I won't tell you what THAT is, you'll have to read it for yourself. I will tell you it works. Anderson imbues the story with Southern texture and a lot more food for thought than your standard by-the-book mystery. Sometimes independent really is better.
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I read Cold Case in Ellyson on a dare. In Cold Case I found a terrific mystery that immediately drew me to Kathleen and Joe. Twists, turns and surprises in the plot as well as glimpses into the psyches of both characters captivated me for the entire length of the book. I think Cold Case is a quality well written first effort for Anderson. Her characters are well thought out and quite believable in both their personal and professional lives. The depiction of small town Alabama and Panhandle Florida is vivid and accurate. It's obvious the author has lived in the area and has absorbed the local color and culture. I look forward to more offerings from this talented author.
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