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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.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

11th Canadian Book Challenge Roundup (Part I)

The 11th Canadian Book Challenge ended a few days ago on June 30.

It was hosted by Melanie at her blog, The Indextrious Reader.

It was not a great reading year for me which meant less Canadian books read. I was down to 13 Canadian books for the Challenge when I usually read 17-18 during the year.

What struck me in my reading for this challenge is that 5 of the 13 books were non-fiction. As usual the proportion of fiction v. non-fiction was not planned.

The books read were:


1.) Wishful Seeing by Janet Kellough

2.) The Winners' Circle by Gail Bowen

3.) Heart of the City by Robert Rotenberg

4.) Glass Houses by Louise Penny

5.) Dyed in the Green by George Mercer

6.) Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany

7.) Cut You Down by Sam Wiebe 

8.) Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin


9.) More Tough Crimes edited by William Trudel and Lorene Shyba

10.) The Mighty Hughes by Craig McInnes

11.) The Work of Justice by J. Pecover

12.) Decisions by Jim Treliving

13.) Sleuth - Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries - Part I and Part II

In my next post I will discuss the books I read during the Challenge.


  1. Interesting, isn't it, Bill, how some years turn out to be great reading years, while others...don't so much. Still, you read a solid variety of Canadian books, and I look forward to your post about them.

    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. After 60 plus years of reading you would think every year would be a great reading year but I have not found it so in my reading life.

  2. How I wish every single book I pick up is a great one. It does make a difference in one's life.

    Is a person reading a book that he/she can't wait to pick up again at every moment? I want to read those books.

    1. Kathy D.: Thanks for the comment. I start reading every book with the anticipation it will be a great book.