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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.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Cosy Knave Blogger Relay

Dorte Jakobsen has written a mystery, The Cosy Knave. Smashwords describes the book:

"The vicious attacks begin when the prodigal son of Knavesborough returns to the sleepy village after forty years in Argentina with fame and fortune. No wonder what spiteful Rose Walnut-Whip is killed, but when the violence escalates, Constable Penrose knows he needs help from his fiancee, librarian Rhapsody Gershwin." 

Dorte has put up a post at http://djskrimiblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/wait/ that sets out how you can purchase the book.

She has come up with a clever means of promoting her book. She is conducting a round the world blogger relay of questions and answers. Yesterday Kerrie Smith at her blog Mysteries in Paradise posted the answer to question 5 and question 6. You can follow the relay back to Kerrie at http://paradise-mysteries.blogspot.com/2011/08/do-you-like-your-cozies.html. Having made her post Kerrie has passed the baton from Australia to me in Western Canada.

Question 6 was:

What kind of plot can we expect in "The Cosy Knave"?

Dorte’s answer is:

I promise I´ll do my best not to spoil the mystery for anyone, but in the very first scene the Knavesborough gossips have just heard that the prodigal son is on his way back. The major´s son left the village forty years ago after a successful career as a musician so of course he settles for nothing less than the local manor, and soon all sorts of dramatic events shatter the peace. The prize scandalmonger of the local knitting club is killed - had she stumbled on a secret that could be dangerous for someone else?  So even though the story is light and entertaining, there is also a proper murder mystery with clues strewn over the pages, and I trust that even for the seasoned reader of puzzles there will be a few surprises.

Question 7 is:

How do you come up with your characters; are any of them based on real people?

I now pass the baton across the Atlantic to Denmark where Dorte will be posting the answer to Question 7 on August 8 on her blog, djskrimiblog. I encourage readers to make the journey to Dorte’s blog. It is amazing how the baton is racing around and around and around the world.


  1. This morning I went through the relay one question at a time and have enjoyed it. What I like best about the relay idea is that each post is not too long, and you get a lot of exposure on each blog.

    Dorte, if you need another baton pass through my blog, let me know.

  2. Bill - Thanks for being a part of this relay; I've enjoyed my own part in it very much, and I'm glad you've been on the "relay team" :-).

  3. Clarissa: Thanks for the comment. I was glad to be part of a round the world relay.

    Margot: Thank you for commenting. I am equally glad to be part of a distinguished relay team that includes yourself.

  4. I wasn´t too well yesterday, but I´m happy to see that my relay team can cope on their own.

    Thank you, folks ;)

  5. Dorte: I hope you are doing better today. You have alot of people around the world who care about you.

  6. Bill: now I hardly know what to say - I hope thank you will do!