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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, April 6, 2013

My Theme for the 2013 Alphabet in Crime Fiction

I have participated in Kerrie Smith’s meme, the Alphabet in Crime Fiction, in 2011 and 2012. I have signed up for the meme again in 2013. The meme starts this coming week.

Last year I decided on a theme for my posts. I would put up a post on an author for each of the letters of the alphabet. I found the theme made the meme more interesting and more challenging.

For 2013 I have decided to follow the theme approach again. Rather than repeat the author format I have decided on another theme. I am putting up posts for which I have a personal connection.

I expect there are a few letters which will be more daunting for a connection but for most of the letters I can see a post with an association for me.

As an example “A” will be a review of the book, Red Mass by Canadian author Rosemary Aubert. A Red Mass is a special Mass celebrated for lawyers and judges in many cities. As a lawyer and a Catholic I have a double connection.

Other connections will include books set in places I have visited.

At the end of each post I will be setting out my connection to that post.

It is going to be an exciting trip through the alphabet. Drop over to Mysteries in Paradise where 8 bloggers have signed up to participate in the meme. There is still time to join!
My author posts and a few related to respective authors from the 2012 meme are:


  1. Bill - That's a very good idea and I am looking forward to your posts.

  2. My best wishes to you, Bill. You have made this meme even more exiting and challenging for yourself. I look forward to reading your posts and how you connect with each of the them.

  3. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I am also looking forward to your participation.

  4. Prashant: Thanks for the encouragement. I am hoping it will be exciting and not too challenging.

  5. Bill, that sounds like an interesting theme for the meme. Challenging, though. Looking forward to all your posts for the Crime Fiction Alphabet.

  6. TracyK: Thanks for the comment. I will try to keep the connections from getting too distant.