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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.

Monday, January 7, 2013

New to Me Authors for October to December of 2012

For the fourth quarter of 2012 My New To Me Authors were few in number. From October through December I read the books of four new authors.

They are:

            1.) The Rule Book by Rob Kitchin;

            2.) In Search of Klingsor by Jorge Volpi;

            3.) The Truth Can Get You Killed by Mark Richard Zubro,

            4.) Murder in a Cold Climate by Scott Young.

The books had four different settings and time periods with The Rule Book in Ireland in the last 5 years, In Search of Klingsor in the United States and Germany before, during and shortly after World War II, The Truth Can Get You Killed in Chicago in the late 1990’s and Murder in a Cold Climate in the North West Territories of Canada in the mid-1980’s.
Of the group my favourite was Murder in a Cold Climate.

Kerrie Smith at her blog, Mysteries in Paradise, has been collecting quarterly lists of New to Me Authors. It is a good means of encouraging the reading of new authors.



  1. I recall reading your reviews of these four books including, most recently, "The Rule Book" by Rob Kitchin and it's definitely encouragement for me to read not just new-to-me authors but new authors as well.

  2. Bill - Your choices show a really interesting diversity not just in terms of location but also in terms of time period. I remember how much you liked the Young book and I'm glad you did. And I like both Zubro and Kitchin, so I was glad to see those in your list too.

  3. Prashant: Thanks for the comment. I hope you get a chance to read some of my New to me Authors.

  4. Margot: Thanks for the comment. They are good books. I expect I will read more books by the different authors except for Volpi.

  5. I didn't know where to put this, so I"m writing it here in response to your comment about the lack of women's rights in Saudi Arabia, as portrayed in Zoe Ferraris' Finding Nour.

    This is even more so in her second book City of Veils, but what is even more shocking -- and right up your alley -- is the lack of democratic rights in the criminal (in)justice system.

    If a suspect is on the run, his relative is jailed in his place until he returns. Also, the public executions are horrific.

    I am still sick over the public executive of a young Sri Lankan domestic worker in Saudi Arabia, despite pleas by human rights groups, the Sri Lankan government, migrant workers, etc.

  6. Kathy D.: Thanks for the comment. I have passed by City of Veils. I am going to have to get a copy.