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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 8, 2013

Cruising with a Library

My wife, Sharon, our younger son, Michael and myself are crusing from Lima to New York City on the Oceania Cruise Line ship, Marina. One of the reasons I like this ship is the library.

On the 14th deck is a traditional library with a couple of thousand hardcover books. Most are fiction with a healthy selection of crime fiction.

The library has open access to windows looking out over the ocean. Inside the library are big comfortable leather chairs. Around the corner is a free coffee bar which will make up a reader's favourite speciality coffees. (They are included in your ticket.) Cookies are always available to supplement the coffee.

It is hard for me to think of a more inviting place for a book lover. It is a rare time of the day or evening when several people are not in the library.

All of the books are available to be borrowed. The ship requests that each passenger borrow a couple of books at a time.

I went through the crime fiction books. Not surprisingly most are from ongoing series with well known authors. I took back to the state room a pair of books.

I have read some of the books in Stella Rimington's series featuring English spy, Liz Carlyle. The author, the former head of MI-5 is a good writer. I picked up Present Danger from the shelves.

The other book is The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear in her ongoing Maisie Dobbs series set in England in the 1930's.

Michael is currently reading World Without End by Ken Follett. His second saga from medieval England focused around a cathedral.

When he is finished the book he has In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson waiting for him. It is the story of an American family in Hitler's Berlin during the 1930's.

We are happy cruisers. 


  1. Bill, if I'd seen the image minus your post, I'd have thought it was one of America's presidential libraries! How many books do you hope to read on this wonderful cruise? Ken Follett never disappoints although I haven't read any of his recent novels. I'll always remember him for the spy thriller EYE OF THE NEEDLE.

  2. I'm envious Bill...it looks very inviting. I've only ever done one cruise and I too found the library - it was generally under-used as most people seemed more interested in the pool or casino but I spent quite a bit of my on-boat time in the library. It made a nice change from our room which was booked at the last minute and was very small and very lacking in windows :)

  3. Bill - Oh, this sounds absolutely marvellous! I hope that you all have a wonderful time. Not that I'm envious or anything... ;-) Like Bernadette I've only done one cruise and the ship didn't have a lovely library like that one!

  4. Prashant: Thanks for the comment. I have read 3 books since leaving home just under a week ago. I will probably reach 6 or 7 on the cruise. Sometimes I am reading and then start watching the sea flowing by and then I am gone ...

  5. Bernadette: Thanks for the comment. I am sure you would love Marina. Oceania prides itself on food and no formal nights. Add a lovely library and what could be better.

  6. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I'll extend the traditional I wish you were here. If the book bloggers of the world were ever interested in a cruise together I would vote Oceania. It is wonderful.