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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.

Friday, December 10, 2010

20. – 70.) Pope John Paul II by Ted Szulc - A biography coveing the pope's life to the mid-1990's explains his economic compassion (against capitalism and communism) and religious conservatism (a disciplined, moralistic faith obedient to its leader). Excellent (June 17/01)

19. – 69.) 8 Black Horses by Ed McBain - The "Deaf Man" has a fiendish Christmas plot against the detectives of the 87th Precinct. Interesting but not as plausible. (June 13/01)

18. – 68.) Powerful Prayers by Larry King with Rabbi Irwin Katsof - The American talk show host interviews scores of famous people on their prayers and debates the need and purpose of prayer with his co-author. Excellent (June 10/01)

17. – 67.) Ice by Ed McBain - A superb 87th precient book. The detectives try to solve the killings of a dancer, a small drug dealer and a diamond dealer. They all involve "ice" in various meanings. Excellent; paperback anytime. (June 7/01)

16. – 66.) Folly by Laurie R. King - A new novel away from current series. Rae Newborn works at resurrecting and rebuilding her uncle's burned home in the San Juan islands. Great for 3/4 but a contrived ending. (June 4/01)  

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