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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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Wild Thing by Mike Harrison

31. – 441.) Wild Thing by Mike Harrison – Calgary detective, Eddie Dancer, is called to England to work for author/doctor, Peter Maurice, who is being charged as the serial murderer of several women. The method is unique and gruesome. Their skulls are being crushed by a homemade contraption. Eddie, cocky and witty, finds Dr. and Mrs. Maurice besieged by the very aggressive British paparazzi. Occasionally using them and losing them Eddie must deal continually with the paparazzi 24/7 pursuit of stories and photos. At the heart of the investigation are a set of notes from the famous Dr. Messmer in old Italian. Eddie seeks out a translation and is startled by what has been set down. The investigation is well done. I found myself wishing I had started with an earlier book in the series located in Alberta. While Eddie travels well I have a hunch the stories are better at home. Paperback. (Aug. 1/08)
I am rather slowly working my way through a book so will put up a review I wrote for myself a few years ago. There are three books in the series.


  1. You make an interesting point about main characters going 'on the road,' Bill. Sometimes it can work very well (I'm thinking for instance of Hamilton's Ava Lee). Sometimes it works better if the sleuth stays put, so to speak...

    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. For most sleuths on the road I miss the characters they leave behind. Now Ava has few supporting characters and Uncle often meets her on the road.