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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.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Alphabet in Crime Fiction (2012) Meme

Last year I joined the Alphabet in Crime Fiction meme hosted by Kerrie Smith at her excellent bog, Mysteries in Paradise, a few letters into the alphabet. I had a posting for all the remaining letters of the alphabet though a couple of my posts stretched the boundaries of the meme.

Kerrie’s rules are simple:

“Your post MUST be related to either the first letter of a book’s title, the first letter of an author’s first name, or the first letter of the author’s surname, or even maybe a crime fiction “topic”. But above all, it has to be crime fiction.”

It was fun last year coming up with a weekly post and reading the posts of other participants. Several weeks there were multiple posts of the same author or even the same book. The differing perspectives added to the enjoyment of the meme.

My posts from 2011 can be found through clicking the label on the side of the blog for the Alphabet in Crime Fiction.

It is easy to become a participant in this year’s meme.. Click here to reach Mysteries in Paradise and follow the instructions.

There are already 8 bloggers signed up to take part in the meme.

While the meme does not start until May it has prompted me to think about what I will post this year. I have taken a look at my reading over the past 12 years and am going to try to make each post about an author. I have read books by authors whose first letter of the surname covers all the letters of the alphabet.

It is going to an interesting 26 week journey through the alphabet.


  1. Bill - I am very, very glad you're going to be a part of this meme. I know I'll learn from your posts. I suspect, though, that my TBR and book buying budgets will suffer ;-).

  2. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I believe the world would be a better place if the worst addiction more people had was buying books faster than they read them.

  3. I read about the Alphabet in Crime Fiction meme at other blogs, including Kerrie Smith's blog, and would have liked to be a part of it. However, there are two reasons why I won't: while I read a few books every month, I don't have the time to review them. Second, I read more than crime fiction and I just might forget my alphabets along the way. A meme requires dedication. I look forward to reading the reviews of other participants in the meme.

  4. I'll look forward to your posts with interest, Bill. I found quite a few authors "new to me" via doing this meme, as some of the letters presented quite a challenge!

  5. Prashant: Thanks for the comment. I look forward to your commens during the course of the meme.

  6. Maxine: Thanks for the comment. The meme last year opened up the world of crime fiction for me.

  7. Kerrie: Thanks for dropping by the blog. Less than 2 months to the start of the meme!