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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.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New to Me Authors for April to June of 2013

During the second trimester of 2013, April 1 to June 30, I was  I read 7 new authors in the last 3 months. The total is down slightly from the opening 3 months when I read 9 new authors.

They were:

3.) Murder One by Robert Dugoni;
4.) Pierced by Thomas Enger;
5.) The Third Riel Conspiracy by Stephen Legault (I have not yet posted a review post. It will be my entry for "T" in the Alphabet in Crime Fiction meme. It is an interesting mystery set in Saskatchewan before we became a province and were still part of the Northwest Territories.);
6.) The Rising by Brian McGilloway (I have not put up a review post but it is coming. The book is a contemporary Irish mystery which I picked up in Dublin almost a year ago.); and,
7.) In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson (I finished on June 29 and will have a review post shortly. It involves William E. Dodd and his family when he was the American ambassador to Germany from 1933 - 1937. It focuses on their first year in Germany. They arrived shortly after Hitler had taken power.)

Two of the books were non-fiction, Redefining Success and In the Garden of the Beasts. Both were excellent books.

Of the 5 mysteries my favourite was Showdown at Border Town. Caroline Woodward is a teenage author who crafted a good mystery set 60 years ago featuring a Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin, as a teenager. The series Leaders & Legacies, which has  Prime Ministers in adventures at 12-13 years old, has reached 3 books with a fourth expected later this year.

Overall I read 14 books during the three months which is about average. With 7 new authors half of my books read were new authors to me. The percentage is alittle higher than I would expect to have in my reading.

This quarterly post continues to help keep my reading varied.


  1. Bill, your reading is certainly "varied." I think I'd like to read "In the Garden of the Beasts" by Erik Larson due to my interest in war history. I often read new authors though I forget to read their other books.

  2. Bill, thank you for hosting my blog on yours. I meant to acknowledge earlier.

  3. Bill - You certainly have had some varied reading and I'm looking forward to the reviews you haven't yet posted. How interesting too that you've chosen a teen author as your favourite. I do like the Leaders and Legacies series of which Woodward's novel is a part. I wish her much success.

  4. Bill, I also want to read In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson. My husband read it and liked it a lot. I like to read about that time period. I look forward to your upcoming review.

  5. Prashant: Thanks for the comment. In the Garden of the Beasts has the feel of fiction with the romantic entanglements of the daughter, the intrigues against the father inside government and the Nazi regime asserting control over Germany.

  6. Prashant: I am very glad to have your fine blog on my blog list.

  7. Margot: Thanks for the comment. A reader would be hard pressed to know Caroline is a teenager by reading the book.

  8. TracyK: Thanks for the comment. In the Garden of the Beasts provides an American family perspective on Nazi Germany.

  9. Bill, I read McGilloway's first a few years ago and it was enjoyable. Dugoni seems interesting, but I'll probably pass on the rest.

  10. col: Thanks for the comment. So many choices in new authors. Glad there is a new author you may try reading.