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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: 0.5 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,221,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From the Author

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

More About the Author

Susan Anderson grew up privileged. She travelled overseas with her family, attended private schools, and debuted internationally. But that's not the life she chose for herself. Susan, like her grandfather, wanted to work in law enforcement. As a small-town cop, Susan found the unique joy in helping and protecting her community, but her other passion, writing, drew her back to school for more studies. Cold Case in Ellyson is that intersection of her work as a cop colliding with her love of writing.

Susan grew up in the South and lives in Gulf Breeze, Florida with her husband and two sons.

Although some of the names and locations in this book exist, Cold Case in Ellyson is a fictional piece of work. Some descriptions, particularly those on the job, may be based on actual events although she has taken liberties with them for the advancement of the book.

Her book, Cold Case in Ellyson, is the 2010 Eric Hoffer Commercial Fiction award winner.

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Sometimes independent really is better.
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You are pulled along to the surprising ending of this book that will keep you guessing, I promise!
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You feel like you are a part of the characters lives and become immersed in their world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Bongiovi on October 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mollick on February 24, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigAl on July 21, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Nelson on February 20, 2010
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I thought this was a great effort for a first time author though I kept asking myself questions throughout the reading such as "why would she have done that? seems out of character"...The story was intriguing enough to keep me reading until the end but I was somewhat disappointed with the ending of the book which I felt was rushed. All in all, if you're into southern lit this should be on your list - it's definitely written in a different style than a typical mystery and gives a good feel for small southern towns.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Harrison on November 15, 2009
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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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