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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.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stripped by Brian Freeman

30. – 440.) Stripped by Brian Freeman – With a busy week at work and Rotary Conference I have been away from the blog. I return with a review of a book I read in 2008 by Brian Freeman.
Jonathan Stride has moved to Las Vegas to be with his lover, Serena Dial. He has joined the LV police force as a detective. Stride is adapting to LV but it is not easy for a Minnesotan. A call to deal with a man killed while engaged with a prostitute becomes a media murder when the victim turns out to be M.J. Lane, the son of wealthy and reclusive movie mogul Walker Lane. Stride starts working the case with Amanda Gillen. Each thinks the department is punishing the other by pairing them with a partner with whom no one else wants to be partner. Amanda is the first transsexual detective (still retaining male sexual organs) I have encountered in fiction. At the same time Dial is pursuing the killer of a young boy. The murders intersect and lead back to the glory days of the soon to be imploded Sherezade Hotel. The disparate threads are convincingly brought together. It is more thriller than mystery as the story pounds to a conclusion. Excellent. Hardcover or paperback. (July 26/08)


  1. Las Vegas is most definitely a change from Minnesota, Bill. And it sounds like this is a solid Las Vegas-style story. I'm glad you found it a good read. It's reminding me too that there's a lot of crime fiction that takes place all or at least partly in Las Vegas. I'm going to have to do a post on that sometime.

    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. It was a convincing portrayal of Las Vegas.

  2. This sounds like a good read, Bill, and I love the idea of the transsexual detective. I think I still haven't come across one and in 2008 that must have been quite advanced.

    1. Moira: Thanks for the comment. I do not think I have come across another transgendered detective.