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Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Flight of Aquavit by Anthony Bidulka

22. – 277.) Flight of Aquavit by Anthony Bidulka –The second mystery featuring gay Saskatoon private investigator, Russell Quant, is much better than the first novel. Plotting is defter and dialogue more natural. As Christmas draws near a “closeted” accountant is threatened with blackmail or be outed to his wife and the community. The investigation travels through the Saskatoon haunts of the gay community with assorted gay and lesbian friends. At home Russell’s mother, Kay, has come in from the farm to spend the Christmas season with him. She is a classic Ukranian farm mother focused on family and food. For the second mystery in a row there is not a body until far into the story (over 200 pages this time). There is the most imaginative, uniquely Saskatchewan, attempt at murder involving a 3 ton farm truck. (A flight of aquavit refers to downing shots of 3 different kinds of aquavit chased by beer.) (May 2/05) (2nd Best fiction in 2005)

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