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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.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Pyramid by Henning Mankell

17. - 530.) The Pyramid by Henning Mankell – As there were to be no more Kurt Wallender books, but there will be a new one this year and, though I hope Mankell may re-consider his decision to end the series, a book containing the cases before the first Wallender novel is welcome. Starting as a rookie policeman Wallender is always an extremely dedicated police officer to the detriment of his personal relationships. Ever ready to put in extra time and follow his own thoughts on an investigation he irritates those who limit themselves to the following prescribed techniques. The injuries he suffers while investigating on his own make clear why many rules of investigation are best followed. In each story the investigation unfolds by logic rather than brute force or luck. Information, patiently assembled and carefully considered, yields the solution to often bafflingly crime. Wallender’s introspective nature serves him better as a police officer than a husband or a son. His high spirited daughter, Linda, is the only person who draws him out. In the closing title mystery Mankell explores the awkward loving relationship between Wallender and his father. At the same time he seeks out the connections between a crashed plane, two murdered elderly sisters who owned a modest sewing store and a murdered drug dealer. While the solution was as clearly before me as Wallender I did not see the decisive clue. Mankell skillfully draws us into the life of a resolute clever police officer whose personal life is as empty as his professional life is full of interest. I started reading Wallender mysteries while Jonathan was in Sweden 9 years ago. His first host father said I made a good choice. I agree. Excellent. (Apr. 22/10)

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