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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.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stain of the Berry by Anthony Bidulka

51. - 366.) Stain of the Berry by Anthony Bidulka – In his 4th adventure Russell Quant is back in Saskatoon. I believe Anthony’s vivid descriptions of life in Saskatoon in the first decade of the 21st century will be a basic future reference on what life was like in the city. Asked to determine if Tanya Culinare’s leap to death from a Broadway balcony was a suicide Russell investigates the Pink Gophers chorus. Tanya and other members are being harassed by a mysterious figure called the Boogeyman. (I wish he had chosen a different name. The Boogeyman is too much a child’s unreasoning fear of the dark rather than a real stalker.) The search for his missing friend, Sereena, takes him to the Arctic. I found the subplot contrived and a distraction (see e-mail to Anthony.) Russell diligently pulls at the strings of the investigation which takes in and around Saskatoon. A good mystery. (Dec. 25/06)

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