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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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Book Launch for Volume 3 of A Literary History of Saskatchewan

For any readers of the blog who are in Saskatoon on the evening of October 23 I am pleased to advise that Volume 3 of A Literary History of Saskatchewan is having its second book launch. at the McNally Robinson bookstore on 8th Street starting at 7:00. The first launch date is in Regina on October 17.)

My excitement over the event comes from my participation in Volume 3. It is the first book launch I will have attended where my writing is a part of the book.

Dave Carpenter, the editor of all three volumes of a Literary History of Saskatchewan, invited me to contribute an essay on the crime fiction of Saskatchewan.

I took up the challenge and wrote an essay which is titled Saskatchewan Mysteries - A Report from the Field.

Within my essay I focus on five current or former Saskatchewan based mystery writers – Gail Bowen, Anthony Bidulka, Nelson Brunanski, Suzanne North and Alan Bradley. As well I discuss themes I have found in Saskatchewan mysteries.

It was an interesting project and I appreciate being a part of Volume 3.

Sharon and I will be going to the release party and look forward to seeing any reader who can join us.

The publisher, Coteau Books, has provided the following concerning the book:

The three volumes of this literary history constitute a bringing together of the best, the most influential, the most significant writing in our province …\

Volume 3 shifts its focus to Regina’s literary culture and to the coming generation of younger writers but it continues to examine the best work from Saskatchewan. The impact, the relevance, the illuminations of our best writers’ work tend to move well beyond the borders of our province. This work transcends the regional sources of its inspiration. Just as Marilynne Robinson has much to say to Canadians about the disruptions and the graces of family life, Dianne Warren has much to say to Americans about the omnipresence of the past, the shadows it casts on people’s lives in the present. Many of our best books are nurtured by the history and the life of this province but they spring into literature roughly in proportion to their applications and their immemorial responses to the human condition.

I have enjoyed meeting Dave and appreciate his editing advice on my essay.

Dave is an interesting forthright guy. From his website bio:

Carpenter’s writing credo is as follows (and it many apply to poets): Most writers must learn to make a pact with dullness. Not boredom, or lack of imagination or passion, but dullness of routine. Keep your daily appointment with the computer screen and keep your ass on the chair until you’ve reached your daily quota. However rich your inner life may be, seek also the dullard within.

The assistant editor of Volume 3 is Kelly-Anne Riess. Her website includes some biographical information:

The author of the Saskatchewan Book of Everything, she received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Saskatchewan and was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award and a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. In 2011, she was a CTV National Fellow at the Banff World Media Festival. And in 2003, she was awarded the C. Irwin McIntosh Journalism Prize from the School of Journalism at the University of Regina.

I shall report fully after the launch.


  1. Congratulations, Bill! Well done! I'm pleased to hear that your insights are included in the book, and I hope the launch will go well. It sounds like a great time.

    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I appreciate your kind words. I am really looking forward to the evening.

  2. Well done Bill, I bet you've done a great job. Hope you enjoy the party!

    1. Moira: Thanks for the kind words. I am looking forward to Tuesday evening. It will be a new experience for me.

  3. How exciting to be part of a literary effort like this and especially in an area that is so meaningful to you. Congratulations.

    1. TracyK: Thanks for the kind words. It was interesting to reflect on the mystery writers of Saskatchewan.