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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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7th Canadian Book Challenge Roundup (Part I)

Almost a month after the close of the 7th Canadian Book Challenge hosted by John Mutford at the Book Mine Set blog this post will list the books I read for the Challenge from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014:

1.) Stranglehold by Robert Rotenberg;

2.) The Third Riel Conspiracy by Stephen Legault;

3.) Diefenbaker for the Defence by Garrett Wilson and Kevin Wilson;

4.) The Shaman's Knife by Scott Young;

5.) The Gifted by Gail Bowen;

6.) How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny;

7.) Fire on Ice by Darrell Davis;

8.) Furies by D.L. Johnstone;

9.) A Cold White Sun by Vicki Delany;

10.) Frisky Business by Jill Edmondson;

11.) Open Secret by Deryn Collier;

12.) Kill All the Lawyers by William Deverell;

13.) Gold Web by Vicki Delany;

14.) Presto Variations by Lee Lamothe;

15.) Walls of a Mind by John Brooke;

16.) Miss Montreal by Howard Shrier;

17.) An Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. James; and,

18.) The Hero of Hopewell Hill by Barbara Martin.

Other years I have participated in the Challenge I barely fulfilled the Challenge to read 13 books by Canadians during the 12 months from Canada Day to Canada Day. With 18 for the 7th Challenge I expect I have reached my maximum. I doubt I will read as many during the 8th Challenge.

Out of the 18 books read during the 7th Challenge 4 were part of the shortlist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. I have now finished the 5th book on the shortlist and next week will have a post discussing the shortlist and stating which one I liked the best.

My next post will examine the books I read for the 7th Canadian Book Challenge.


  1. Congratulations Bill!

    1. Jose Ignacio: Thanks. It feels good to successfully complete a reading challenge.

  2. Quite a diversity of books you have there, Bill, many congratulations! Your joy of reading comes across in the books you read for this challenge.

    1. Prashant: Thanks for the kind words. Reading is a joy in my life.

  3. Well done, Bill! I'm impressed with the diversity of books you've read for this challenge. I think it also reflects the breadth of Canadian crime fiction that's out there.

    1. Margot: Thanks. I appreciate your comment. There has probably never been a time when there is more diversity in Canadian crime fiction.

  4. That's quite a list Bill, very impressive. I've read several of those authors and have more works by them lined up.

    1. Moira; Thanks for the compliment. I have been trying to read a range of Canadian authors.

  5. Good work, Bill. Another author I need to catch up on is Vicki Delany.

    1. TracyK: Thanks for the comment. I think you will enjoy Vicki's books.