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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, November 4, 2013

Cover Reveal for Open Secret by Deryn Collier

In this post I am participating in a cover reveal for a new book, Open Secret by Deryn Collier. The image next to this post is the first portion of the reveal. The book is being published on April 8, 2014 by Simon & Schuster.

Open Secret will be the second book in a series featuring Coroner Bern Fortin. An excerpt from Simon & Schuster’s page for the book provides the following about the book:

After the abrupt end to his military career Bern has settled into an uneasy peace in his new life in Kootenay Landing—a peace he knows can’t last. Out for a fall hike, he discovers Dr. Juniper Sinclair, the town’s lone doctor, attempting to revive small-time drug dealer Seymour Melnychuk, who has been shot in the forehead. In a seemingly unrelated incident, Gary Dowd abandons his van while crossing the US border. Gary is a local father of two, an accountant, and a steady, predictable guy. He’s also been best friends with Seymour Melnychuk since elementary school.

The first book in the series was Confined Space.

Deryn provides the following about herself on her website:

Deryn Collier grew up in Ottawa and Montreal and is a graduate of McGill University. After a very short career as a federal bureaucrat she ran away to the mountains of BC where she has been ever since. She has worked in a log yard, a brewery, as a doctor recruiter and a communications consultant.

Deryn’s first novel, Confined Space was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished first crime novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. It was published in Canada by Simon & Schuster in 2012.

Deryn lives in Nelson, BC with her family and blogs about crime fiction and life in the mountains www.deryncollier.com.

The remaining parts to the cover reveal can be found at:

Wednesday, Nov. 6: A Bookworm’s World
Friday, Nov. 8: House of Crime and Mystery

I am looking forward to reading Open Secret especially as I have not read mysteries set in central B.C.


  1. Sounds very interesting, Bill. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I am looking forward to the rest of the reveal.

  3. Deryn is a terrific writer and fun person as well. This is a very inventive way to reveal a cover. Thanks for participating in it Bill.

  4. Anthony: Thanks for the comment. I hope I can meet Deryn some day - maybe if she ventures east over the mountains.

  5. This is interesting and fun. You know I am always looking for Canadian mystery authors to try. (I am once again behind on the Canadian challenge and will be scrambling to read all the books in January - June 2014. I have more Anthony Bidulka, more Gail Bowen, and some new authors to try.)

  6. TracyK: Thanks for the comment. I am doing better on the Challenge this year as I have completed over half the Challenge. I am sure you will do well in your 2014 reading.

  7. Bill, this "cover reveal" meme is fascinating. I'm waiting to see what it reveals.

  8. Prashant: Thanks for the comment. On Friday all will be revealed.