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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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Open Season by C.J. Box

13. - 476.) Open Season by C.J. Box – Rookie Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett, is off to a tough start. Not recognizing the new governor he ticketed him for fishing illegally. In a confrontation with outfitter Ote Keeley over taking over his limit of antelope his preoccupation with a summons lets Ote take his revolver. While Ote promises not to tell word spreads across the state. Just trying to deal with the challenges of the fall hunting season his 7 year old daughter, Sheridan, sees a monster cross their rural backyard. It turns out to be Ote who dies on the family woodpile. Two more are dead in the mountains. Joe is dissastisfied with the perfunctory investigation. As he pushes where no one wants him looking the possibility of an endangered species in the area starts floating around. The story delves into the problems for local people of the finding of an endangered species. Joe is that American rarity – an American mystery hero with a happy marriage and 2 young children. The story is crisply told and the characters are credible. The opening description of the sound a high powered bullet makes when it hits sent a little shiver up the spine.There are now two fine mystery series set in Wyoming. Box speaks knowledgeably of the state and hunting. I look forward to the next in the series. Hardcover or paperback. (Mar. 30/09)


  1. I'm very glad you liked this book, Bill. I think it is an addictive little series! Apologies if I missed it, but what is the other fine mystery series set in Wyoming?

  2. Bill - Oh, I'm so happy you liked this! I think Box does a terrific job with the Joe Pickett series. As the series goes on, too, Box lets the characters grow and develop. He does an excellent job, too, of conveying the setting I think.

  3. Maxine: Thanks for the comment. The other series is the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson.

  4. Margot: Thanks for the comment. It is one of the series I only started reading when several books have been written. At this point I think new books are being written faster than I am reading the series. I do like Box creating a real family who will grow together.