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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, July 8, 2011

The Endless Knot by Gail Bowen

8. - 374.) The Endless Knot by Gail Bowen – What could be better – a Joanne Kilbourn mystery featuring a mid-50’s criminal lawyer who is also her passionate love interest. Zack Shreeve has become the focus of Joanne’s life. He is defending charismatic evangelical, Sam Parker, on an attempted murder charge with regard to a bullet that just missed Kathryn Morrisey who wrote a trashy bestseller on the struggling lives of Canadian celebreties. Sam’s son Glen is becoming Glenda and the anguish over the publicity has overwhelmed Sam. Joanne, on sabbatical from university, covers the trial for NationTV. At home Taylor is a precocious almost 11 year old who has a troubled 13 year old friend/acquaintance, Ethan. The trial features skilful cross-examinations. There are a couple of errors in procedure but it is well done. What is most intriguing about Zack is that he is a paraplegic succeeding as a lawyer and a skilled lover in the bedroom. The murder is almost incidental. Unlike most mystery series Bowen's characters actually grow in their lives during the series. Bowen is even more unique in her willingness to develop a family. A full generation’s experiences have been chronicled in the series. Excellent. Hardcover. (Jan. 28/07) (2nd Best Fiction of 2007)

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