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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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review of Crime Fiction on a Euro Pass

On Monday I completed my journey on Kerrie Smith’s meme Crime Fiction on a Euro Pass when the train arrived in Turkey. Kerrie hosted the meme at her blog, Mysteries in Paradise.

For each of my posts I profiled a book in the country of the week.

My journey around Europe saw the following posts:

9.) Czech Republic - The Miracle Game by Josef Skvorecky 

Thankfully there were 12 weeks for the journey unlike my 1981 bus tour when it was if today is ----- we must be in -------.

I read a variety of different mysteries ranging from the early 19th Century to current days.

They were written from the 1950's to 2010.

Several were authors I read for the first time and I would not have encountered them but for the meme.

Switzerland was the most difficult nation for me to find a book. I searched bookstores and ordered through the local library but the interlibrary loan was slow. Finally on a trip to Regina, 300 km from Melfort, I tracked down The Pledge in one of the suburban libraries of the Regina Public Library.

It was a great trip and I thank Kerrie for hosting the tour.

On Friday I will discsuss my favourite posts from the dozen I put up for the trip.


  1. Bill - Thanks for that summing-up. I really enjoyed reading these meme posts; there are a few countries about which I know very little when it comes to crime fiction. It'll be good to remedy that as I try some of the books that have been recommended.

  2. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I significantly expanded my knowledge of crime fiction in Europe through the meme.