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Deborah Nicholson has always loved the arts. She studied dance for over ten years. She took drama in school, working as playwright, stage manager and director. She studied music for almost 20 years and taught music for ten years. She moved into medical administration but kept up her love of arts by working and volunteering at the Calgary Centre for Performing arts, with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Calgary International Children’s Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects and Theatre Calgary. Deborah worked as an usher, bartender, shift supervisor, secretary, receptionist, volunteer coordinator and craft designer for these various organizations.
The culmination of her career at the Centre was as House Manager for Theatre Calgary for several years. Leaving this position, and the longing to still go to the theatre every night, led to the creation of the Kate Carpenter Mystery Series (Severn House). There are currently five novels published in this series, available in eight countries around the world, and widely reviewed. Deborah has also completed a medical mystery/thriller, Mind Games.
To balance her career in the arts, she has continued to work in medical administration with various specialties, such as physiotherapy and rehabilitation, dermatology and cosmetic surgery, general practice and now chronic pain. This interesting field has led to her upcoming series of medical thrillers.
Since being published, Deborah has done several workshops and readings to encourage people who dream of writing to stop dreaming and start writing. She has joined several organizations, very interested in literacy and mentorship.
She has made numerous appearances on The Breakfast Show, Shaw Television and was a featured performed in “The Letters”. Deborah is a member of Mystery Writers Ink, The Alexandra Writers Society, Crime Writers of Canada, The Alberta Writers Guild, and Romance Writers of America. Deborah is a great supporter of charity and volunteerism and donates 10% of all profits of her novels to charity.
In 2009 Deborah wrote The Pain Diaries, a play based on her experience at the Chronic Pain Centre. She spent three years researching the topic, interviewing patients and experts in the field. The play won the CPS Pain Awareness Award in May 2009 and was then workshopped in December 2009. Two sold-out public readings happened in February 2010, followed by a one week run at the Grand Theatre in Calgary in May 2010. A movie adaptation of The Pain Diaries is currently in production.
on Nov. 12, 2012 :
A first-rate mystery-thriller set in the theatre. The twists & turns kept me guessing until the end.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on July 17, 2011 :
I read this book ages ago when it first came out and I'm happy it's available this way now so I can reread it. I love Kate. She's crazy and stupid and funny and doesn't know how great her boyfriend is. I like live theatre so its fun to get a behind the s ends glimpse. Luckily her friends manage to save her all the time so she goes on to new mysteries. Highly recorded for a light and fun read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 12, 2011 :
I just finish reading this book and it was an AWESOME murder mystery! I fell in love with Kate Carpenter, along with her personality and sense of humor :) I really enjoyed the many of the other characters, and the dynamics of the relationships Kate has with each one. This is the first entry in the Kate Carpenter Mysteries series, and I fully intend to read more! I hope you will enjoy it, as much as I did!!!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on June 21, 2011 :
Canadian theater manager Kate Carpenter is a mystery buff, so when a man's body is discovered in the washroom of her theater, she's eager to play amateur sleuth and find out who killed him. Both the police and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Cam, try to dissuade her from the idea, but she refuses to listen. All the clues point to the killer being someone who has inside knowledge of the theater, but it's difficult for Kate to see any of her employees as murderers. Then the clues start pointing to Cam as the person with the motive, the means, and the opportunity. Can the man she loves really be a killer? Nicholson's first entry in this promising new series has plenty of red herrings and dramatic plot twists, along with a savvy, sassy, modern heroine who is a sort of Canadian Kinsey Milhone. The writing is enthusiastic, the characters appealing, and the overall effect engaging.
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(reviewed the day of purchase)