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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, January 1, 2011

Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto

This week the Alphabet in Crime
Fiction hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries
in Paradise has reached "I".
I am posting a triple "I"! See all
the other entries on Kerrie's


29. – 439.) Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto – A mystery written and taking place in Japan of the late 1950’s. A man is found beaten to death and placed upon railway tracks under a train. Inspector Imanishi starts out on an incredibly difficult investigation. There is great difficulty determining the victim’s identity. While witnesses can identify him with another man shortly before his death with an unusual accident the inspector struggles to find any connection between the deceased and the area of Japan where the accent is most common. The inspector is incredibly dogged in following the slender threads of the investigation. A parallel story follows the Nouveau group – several young intellectuals bent on changing Japan’s approach to the arts. Three more unusual deaths occur but none seem to have a means of homicide. The inspector is unusual in having a loving wife and son. While we would consider his focus on his job excessive they have a strong marriage. In the police department he is respected and respects his superiors. It is so different from most contemporary mysteries where there is frequently a lack of respect, support and co-operation between investigators, supervisors and administrators. Chasing Darkness illustrates the current approach. It was very interesting. I will look for more by the author. Hardcover or paperback. (July 18/08)

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