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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.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New to Me Authors for January to March of 2013

 During the first three months of 2013 I read books by nine new authors to me:

1.) Slip & Fall by Nick Santora;

2.) River in a DryLand by Trevor Heriot;

3.) The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau;

4.) Healthy, Wealthy& Dead by Suzanne North;

5.) Blood of theWicked by Leighton Gage;

6.) To Kill a MockingBird by Harper Lee;

7.) Murder Leaves Its Mark by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl;

8.) A Lawyer’s Journey by Morris Dees with Steve Fiffer; and,

9.) Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews.

River in a Dry Land and A Lawyer’s Journey were non-fiction while the other six were mysteries. With nine new authors it meant just over half of the books I read during the first three months were new authors for me.

The choice of the best for the first quarter was easy. To Kill a Mocking Bird is a remarkable book that is a classic that will be read with pleasure for generations to come.

Of the remainder they were decent to good reads but none were outstanding. The best of the rest was Red Sparrow. I think it will get a lot of attention when it is published in June.

Drop over to Kerrie Smith’s fine blog, Mysteries in Paradise, to find a collection of New to Me Author posts.


  1. Bill - Thanks for sharing your reads. To Kill a Mockingbird really is a classic on many levels and I'm not at all surprised that it was your pick of the month. I'm glad all of the rest of your reads were at least decent.

  2. A nice variety of books on this list. I am looking forward to reading Blood of the Wicked if I can ever fit it in.

  3. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I hope I can a book in the next quarter that will come close to the quality of To Kill a Mocking Bird.

  4. TracyK: Thanks for the comment. I would like your perspective on Blood of the Wicked.