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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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

National Crime Writing Month in Canada

May is National Crime Writing Month in Canada as proclaimed by the Crime Writers of Canada.

Events are taking place at libraries and bookstores across Canada.

David Russell has talking about and signing copies of his new book in several communities around British Columbia.

Owen Laukkanen is at the Drumheller Library and other places talking about his first book, The Professionals, which is a thriller.

I found interesting that a pair of brother authors I have read are appearing at a bookstore in the small Ontario town of Fergus on Thursday of this week. The promotion says:

Robert Rotenberg will join his brother and fellow thriller
author David Rotenberg at Reflections Bookstore in Fergus to
meet with fans and discuss the art of crime writing.

And then there is this year’s FICTIONista tour which has made its way across Canada.

They have a very interesting blog / website.

They describe their program as:

FICTIONistas is a unique reading series conceived in 2006 under the leadership of Coteau Books. It’s a collaborative project among independent publishers to bring together Canadian women writers for events with a difference.

The FICTIONistas describe their events:

Each event has four authors, usually hosted by a FICTIONista alumna, with Q&A and discussions this year, led by Book Clubs in the Adopt-a-FICTIONista program!

Alison Preston was part of the group crossing the country. She was talking about her new mystery, The Girl in the Wall.

For the online community the CWC have created the National Crime Writers Blog which goes year round. This month Canadian mystery authors are putting up posts on why they turned to crime.

Who could have guessed that Anthony Bidulka was inspired to write about crime while a teenager in rural Saskatchewan because of his love for the original Charlie’s Angels T.V. series.

The CWC has partnered with our national public broadcasting system, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. At the Canada Writes website there are several activities taking place. One of the most interesting is a crime fiction master class with Louise Penny. In a recent post she discussed the creation of Armand Gamache. She starts:  

      It was a mistake. I'd initially wanted Clara and Peter Morrow to
      be the main characters. An updating of the Thin Man series.  
      It would be a series of  books featuring these amateur 
      detectives, who'd have the help of a Surete du Quebec homicide
      detective, Chief Inspector Gamache.

And thus a great series is born with an unplanned lead sleuth.
The month ends with the Bloody Words Conference in Toronto

Why not make an online trip this spring to Canada and visit some Canadian crime writers!


  1. Bill - These are all really interesting-sounding events! I didn't know about this month-long celebration of crime writing in Canada. I love the idea :-)

  2. fascinating, Bill, thank you. And I look forward to reading more about some of these authors and their books here on this blog!

  3. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I think you would enjoy the entries on the blog about why Canadian writers turn to crime.

  4. Maxine: Thanks for the comment. Blogging has led me to read more Canadian crime fiction. It should not have taken a blog but I admit I should have been reading more of the mysteries of my land.