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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.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards Blog Tour

Great ideas come from clever minds. Craig Sisterson is an inventive thoughtful blogger. Since I became a blogger almost 7 years ago Craig instantly comes to mind when I think of New Zealand crime fiction. His blog, Crime Watch at kiwicrime@blogspot.com, is a wonderful resource for New Zealand crime fiction. I might be influenced because he trained as a lawyer though he is not practising law.

On behalf of the Ngaio Marsh Awards for New Zealand crime fiction he contacted me a few weeks ago with a plan to promote the Awards around the world. He offered to send me a book from the shortlists and I would provide a scheduled review as part of a worldwide blog tour of reviews and/or interviews of the shortlists ant the authors.

I was glad to participate and will be putting up my review of The Ice Shroud by Gordon Ell.

Craig’s concept provides a grand exposure of New Zealand crime fiction. As with many great ideas I wish I had thought of it. 

Below is a listing of the participants in the tour. I have started reading the daily posts and intend to follow them around the world:

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More information is available at Craig's blog or the Awards Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/NgaioMarshAward/.


  1. Great to hear you'll be part of this tour, Bill. I'll be very interested to get your thoughts on The Ice Shroud

  2. Margot: Thanks for the comment. Only a couple of days and my review will be up.

  3. Yes it is a great idea Bill, I'm enjoying reading all the posts and will also be joining in in a few days.

    1. Bernadette: Thanks for the comment. Looking forward to your post.

  4. How lovely, now I can learn about more books from New Zealand if I can just remember to go check at these blogs. And get introduced to some new blogs too, although many of these I am familiar with already.

    1. TracyK: Thanks for the comment. I was proud to be included in this group of bloggers.