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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

Tapas on the Ramblas by Anthony Bidulka

55. - 310.) Tapas on the Ramblas by Anthony Bidulka – Russell Quant leaves Saskatoon for a fabulous cruise in the Mediterrean on the Dorothy. He has been hired by Charity Wiser, the daunting 80 year old matriarch, of the Wiser Meats business empire to find out which family member is trying to kill her. Charity is a wonderful character dominating the story. The cruise is a Charity Event (a family affair commanded by Charity). The Wiser family’s willingness to comply with Charity’s demands is sad and credible. With a promise to change her will Charity then antagonizes the whole edgy family. The gay theme cruise experience is vividly drawn. Unfortunately, the early murder efforts seem too amateurish. I thought there was an unnecessary false solution. The actual ending was striking and inventive. A good book but I hope Russell returns to Saskatchewan for his next adventure. I believe mystery detectives are far better at home. (Nov. 29/05)

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