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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.

Author Index - Non-Fiction


NON-FICTION


Anderson, Frank W. - (2003) - The Manchur Murder Case; paperback

(2016) - A Letter to Roger Angell on This Old Man Begun and Finished

Andrew, Christopher – (2000) - The Mitrokhin Archive (co-authored by Vasili Mitrohkin)

Ash, Timothy Garton – (2006) - The File by Timothy Garton (Tied for 3rd Best non-fiction of 2006)

Auchard, John – (2004) - Four Trials (Assisted John Edwards) (Second Best non-fiction of 2004)

Backhouse, Constance and Backhouse, Nancy L. – (2005) - The Heiress vs The Establishment (Tied for Third Best non-fiction of 2005)

Baldwin, Ged – (2004) - Frontier Justice

Bascomb, Neal – (2009) - Hunting Eichmann

Behrens, Father James Stephen - (2002) - Memories of Grace - Portraits from the Monastery; Hardcover or paperback

Black, Conrad – (2004) - Franklin Delano Roosevelt; (2007) - A Lift in Progress (Longest book at 1,134 pages)

Black, Roy – (2000) - Black’s Law

Bliss, Michael – (2000) - William Osler: A Life in Medicine

Boies, David – (2005) - Courting Justice (Second Best non-fiction of 2005)

Botein, Justice Bernard – (2004) - Trial Judge

Bower, Tom - (2006) - Conrad and Lady Black – Dancing on the Edge

Boyes, Roger (with Adam LeBor) - (2016) - Seduced by Hitler and Personal Choices in the Third Reich

Boyne, Walter J. - (2003) - The Two O'Clock War

Brands, H.W. – (2005) - The First American - The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

Brysac, Shareen Blair – (2001) - Tournament of Shadows (co-authored by Karl E. Meyer)

Bush, George W. – (2015) - 41

Butala, Sharon – (2006) - the perfection of the morning (Most interesting of 2006 – fiction and non-fiction)

Capuzzo, Michael – (2010) - The Murder Room

Carius, Otto – (2005) - Tigers in the Mud

Chernow, Ron – (2005) - Alexander Hamilton

Cooley, Robert – (2009) - When Corruption was King (with Hillel Levin)

Conrads, David – (2004) - I was Right on Time (assisted Buck O’Neil and Steve Wulf)

Copp, Terry – (2003) Fields of Fire (Second best non-fiction of 2003)

Cornwell, John - (2003) - Hitler’s Pope; Hardcover or paperback

Couric, Emily – (2009) - The Trial Lawyers (Possible best non-fiction of 2009)

Cutler, Bruce – (2007) - Closing Argument – Defending (and Befriending) John Gotti, and Other Legal Battles I Have Waged

Davis, Darrell - (2016) - Fire on Ice

Dean, John W. – (2004) - The Rehnquist Choice

Dees, Morris – (2013) - A Lawyer’s Journey (2001) (co-written with Steve Fiffer)

Douglas, John – (2003) – Mindhunter; (2003) - The Cases that Haunt Us (co-written with Mark Olshaker) Hardcover or paperback

Downer, Martyn – (2007) - Nelson’s Purse

The Dubin Lectures on Advocacy 1998-2002 – (2004)

Edsel, Robert M. – (2010) - The Monuments Men

Evans, C.D. (co-editor with Lorene Shyba) - Tough Crimes

Edwards, John – (2004) - Four Trials (With John Auchard) (Second Best non-fiction of 2004)

Ehrlich, J.W. – (2009) - A Life in My Hands

Evans, C.D. – (2015) - Tough Crimes edited with Lorene Shyba

Evans, Richard J. – (2007) - Telling Lies About Hitler­

Felder, Raoul – (2004) - Bare-Knuckle Negotiation

Fiffer, Steve - (2013) - A Lawyer’s Journey (2001) (co-writter with Dees, Morris)

Fitzsimons, Peter – (2010) - Kokada

Flanders, Judith – (2012) The Invention of Murder – How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime


Foster, Tony – (2004) - Meeting of Generals


Frankl, Viktor – (2010) - Man’s Search for Meaning


Fritz, Stephen G. – (2009) - Frontsoldaten – The German Soldier in World War II (Possible Best non-fiction of 2009)


Gladwell, Malcolm – (2006) - The Tipping Point (Best non-fiction of 2006); (2010) - What the Dog Saw


Glantz, David M. - (2003) - The Battle of Kursk; Paperback (co-authored by Jonathan M. House)


Goda, Norman J.W. – (2010) - Tales from Spandau


Goodwin, Doris Kearns – (2006) - Team of Rivals – The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln


* - Graham, Katherine – (2001) - Personal History; Excellent (Second best non-fiction of 2001)


Grant, Ulysses S. – (2007) - The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant


Greenhouse, Linda – (2012) – Becoming Justice Blackmun


Greenspan, Alan – (2008) - The Age of Turbulence (Best non-fiction of 2008)


Grier, Howard D. – (2007) - Hitler/Donitz and the Baltic Sea – The Third Reich’s Last Hope, 1944 – 1945


Gruenfeld, Lee – (2004) - Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief (Assisted Bill Mason)


Gutenplan, D.D. – (2001) - The Holocaust on Trial; Hardcover (Best non-fiction of 2001)


Hakakian, Roya – (2013) - Assassins of the Turqouise Palace


Harris, Richard – (2012) - Decision

Harris, Robert – (2010) – Selling Hitler (See also in fiction)

Hastings, Max – (2008) - Armageddon – The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945

Hemming, Henry – (2015) – The Ingenious Mr. Pyke

Herriot, Trevor – (2013) - River in a Dry Land


Hett, Benjamin Carter – (2010) - Crossing Hitler


Hines, Stephen - (2003) - The True Crime Files of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Hochschild, Adam – (2008) - Bury the Chains


House, Jonathan M. - (2003) - The Battle of Kursk; Paperback (co-authored by David M. Glantz)


Houseman, John – (2010) - Final Dress


Howarth, David – (2009) - Sledge Patrol


Hunter, Bill - (2002) - Wild Bill (co-authored by Bob Weber) (Second best non-fiction of 2002)


Ignatieff, Michael – (2000) - Isaiah Berlin

James, P.D. – (2000) - Time to be in Earnest; (2010) - Talking About Detective Fiction (Possible ---- best non-fiction of 2010)

Johnston, David - (2017) - The Idea of Canada - Letters to a Nation and Writing to the Governor General about Derek Boogard and Law Clerks

Jones, Brian Jay - (2013) - Jim Henson - Part I and Part II and The Muppets and Me

Kershaw, Ian - (2002) Hubris and Nemesis Volumes I and II of Hitler's biography; Hardcover (Best non-fiction of 2002)

King, James - (2016) - Jack - A Life with Writers and The Letters of Jack

King, Larry (with Rabbi Irwin Katsof) – (2001) - Powerful Prayers


Kipp, Charles – (2006) - Because We Are Canadians (Tied for 3rd Best non-fiction of 2006)

Knight, Amy – (2006) - How the Cold War Began

Lahav, Pnina - (2001) - Judgment in Jerusalem

Lampe, David – (2014) - Hitler’s Savage Canary (1957)

Larson, Erik – (2013) - In the Garden of Beasts

LeBor, Adam (with Roger Boyes - (2016) - Seduced by Hitler
 
Levin, Hillel – (2009) - When Corruption was King (assisted Robert Cooley)

Lewis, David – (2008) - The Man Who Invented Hitler


Lewis, Michael – (2004) - Moneyball (Best non-fiction of 2004); (2012) - Boomerang – Travels in the New Third World


Lucas, James – (2004) - Battle Group


MacEwen, Grant – (2011) - He Left Them Laughing When He Said Good-bye


Macintyre, Ben – (2009) - Zig Zag


MacMillan, Margaret - (2003) - Paris 1919 (Best of 2003 – fiction and non-fiction)


Manning, Preston - (2003) - Think Big; Hardcover

Mason, Bill – (2004) - Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief (With Lee Gruenfeld)

Mazzeo, Tilar J. - (2016) - The Hotel on Place Vendome


McAleer, John – (2005) - Rex Stout – A Majesty’s Life


David McCullough – (2005) - John Adams


McGrath, Alister – (2001) - In the Beginning


McKillop, A.B. – (2000) - The Spinster and the Prophet (Best non-fiction of 2000)


Meyer, Karl E. – (2001) - Tournament of Shadows (co-authored by Shareen Blair Brysac)


Mitchell, Barbara and Ormond – (2007) - Mitchell – The Years of Fame 1948 – 1998


Mitchell-Halter, LuAn – (2004) - Paper Doll


Mitrohkin, Vasili – (2000) - The Mitrokhin Archive (co-authored by Christopher Andrew)


Mortenson, Greg – (2011) - Three Cups of Tea (with David Oliver Relin)


Mosier, John – (2006) - The Blitzkreig Myth (2nd best non-fiction of 2006); (2006) - Cross of Iron; (2007) - Grant


Moynahan, Brian – (2009) - Forgotten Soldiers


Murphy, Bruce Allen – (2003) - Wild Bill; Hardcover


Napley, Sir David – (2012) - Not Without Prejudice


Newman, Peter – (2007) - The Establishment Man


O'Donnell, Pierce and McDougal, Dennis - (2002) - Fatal Subtraction - The Inside Story of Buchwald v. Paramount; Hardcover or paperback


Olshaker, Mark – (2003) - The Cases that Haunt Us (co-written with John Douglas)


O’Neil, Buck – (2004) - I was Right on Time (with Steve Wulf and David Conrads)


Pausch, Randy (with Jeffrey Zaslow) – (2008) - The Last Lecture


Pepin, Jacques – (2013) - The Apprentice - My Life in the Kitchen


Powers, Thomas – (2012) – Heisenberg’s War


Raab, Selwyn – (2007) - Five Families


Radzinsky, Edvard - (2002) - Stalin; Hardcover


Reid, Brian A. – (2005) - No Holding Back (Best non-fiction of 2005)


Relin, David Oliver – (2011) - Three Cups of Tea (with Greg Mortenson)


Reynolds, David – (2008) - In Command of History – Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War (____ Best non-fiction of 2008)


Reynolds, Michael – (2008) - Steel Inferno


Rice, Cy – (2000) - Defender of the Damned: Gladys Towles Root

Riebling, Mark - (2016) - Church of Spies and Josef Muller - A German Catholic Hero of World War II

Ronald, Susan - (2016) - Hitler's Art Thief - Begun and Completed
Rose, Arthur – (2000) - Scandal at the Savoy

Rosenbaum, Ron - (2002) - Explaining Hitler; Hardcover

Rowe, C.D. - (2002) - The Western Flair

Ruddick, James – (2004) - Death at the Priory

Rutland, Robert A. – (2005) - James Madison – The Founding Father


Sands, Phillipe – (2008) - The Torture Team


Ryback, Timothy W. – (2008) - Hitler’s Private Library


Schandling, Nina – (2007) - Hellish Nell


Schroeder, Alice – (2010) - The Snowball – Warren Buffett and the Business of Life


Segev, Tom - (2001) - One Palestine, Complete; (2011) - Simon Wiesenthal


Sereny, Gitta – (2005) - The Healing Wound (Tied for Third Best non-fiction of 2005)


Shyba, Lorene – (2015) - Tough Crimes edited with C.D. Evans


Sides, Hampton – (2001) - Ghost Soldiers


Simpson, Gary L. – (2003) - Tiger Ace (Most interesting of 2003 – fiction and non-fiction)

Sisman, Adam - (2016) - John Le Carré and John Le Carré as Real Life Spy

Smith, Helmut Walser – (2009) - The Butcher’s Tale

Smith, Jean Edward – (2005) - John Marshall



Spence, Gerry – (2004) - How to Argue and Win Everytime



Stevens, John Paul - (2017) - Five Chiefs

Stewart, Walter – (2004) - The Life and Political Times of Tommy Douglas; possible hardcover




Thomas, Frank – (2000) - Last Will and Testament


Thomas, Helen – (2000) - Front Row at the White House (Second best non-fiction of 2000)


Toobin, Jeffrey - (2008) - The Nine


The Trial of Socrates (2000); The Trial of St. Thomas More - (2000)



Vallant, John – (2007) - The Golden Spruce (______ best Non-Fiction of 2007)

Warwaruk, Larry – (2008) – Red Finns on the Coteau

Weber, Bobby - (2003) - Wild Bill (co-authored by Bill Hunter)


Wiener, Jon – (2007) - Historians in Trouble (______ best Non-Fiction of 2007)


Wilson, Garrett and Wilson, Kevin – (2013) – Diefenbaker for the Defence


Wilson, W. Brett – (2013) - Redefining Success – Still Making Mistakes


Woodward, Bob – (2008) - Maestro – Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom


Wulf, Steve – (2004) - I was Right on Time (assisted Buck O’Neil and David Conrads)


Wurth, Bob – (2010) - 1942


Zuehlke, Mark – (2005) - Holding Juno