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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, July 2, 2015

Go Set a Watchman Blogger Tour

Last week I was reading a New York Times article on the numerous promotions and events being set up for the middle of July when Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is being released. The article set me thinking and, after an exchange of emails with fellow mystery book blogger Margot Kinberg at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist, we are co-hosting a special tour with regard to the book. Margot efficiently provided the following announcement post we are jointly posting today and created the tour blog logo above (she is a gifted person).

In one of the biggest pieces of literary/fiction news this year, Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is about to be released. As you’ll no doubt know, the only other novel she’s released has been the critically acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird. There’s no need to detail the long list of prizes it’s won, or the impact it’s had. Suffice it to say that it’s considered by many to be one of the best pieces of American literature. The University of Alabama Law School and the American Bar Association (ABA) have even instituted the Harper Lee Prize for Best Legal Fiction because of that novel.

There’s a great deal of anticipation about Go Set a Watchman, and there will no doubt be lots of people reading it. However, unlike many authors, Harper Lee won’t be making review copies available, giving interviews, or doing blog tours. So Bill Selnes at Mysteries and More From Saskatchewan had a terrific idea. Why not put together our own blog tour? It’s a great way to get some conversation going about the book, and see what each of us thinks.

Wanna be a part of it? You know you do! Here’s Bill’s idea:

Decide whether you’d like to be a part of the blog tour

If you’re willing to commit to being a part of this tour, let Bill or me know by 10 July, so we can put the tour together.

The tour will start 23 July and run for approximately a week (it could certainly go a bit longer if there’s enough interest!). So It’ll also be very helpful to us if you’d let us know which date works best for you.

Once we know who’s interested, we’ll put the tour stops together and publish a list, so that everyone will be able to follow along.

Read the book and write your review or discussion of it. Then, plan to publish it on your blog when the tour stops there.

See? Couldn’t be easier!!

Don’t miss the tour!  You can use the comments section of this post to let us know you’re interested, or you can send an email to Margot at (margotkinberg(at)gmail(dot)com) or Bill at (mysteriesandmore(at)gmail(dot)com). Any questions? Ask Bill or me, and we’ll be happy to answer them. All aboard!
I hope lots of bloggers join us to make this a worldwide tour. We look forward to hearing from you.


  1. This was a great idea, Bill, and I hope we get lots of interest! ...and thanks for the kind words :-)

    1. Margot: Thanks for your support. I appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to try new things.

  2. I happened to see this on Margot's blog first, Bill, so signed up there, but I've come over to show solidarity and say Great Idea!

    1. Moira: Thanks for taking the time to drop in on my blog. I appreciate the solidarity!

  3. This sounds like a great idea, Bill. I will not be reading Go Set a Watchman when it first comes out, but I will be eagerly checking out the reviews from this tour.

  4. TracyK: Thanks for considering the tour. I will look forward to comments on the reviews.

  5. Read New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani's scathing review of Go Set a Watchman in which a major character of To Kill a Mockingbird has had a total change of personality and values. It is at the Times blog today.

    This will set off a firestorm of reactions, criticisms, curiosity of how this book was found, a lot of upset by children and parents and teachers. Oh, well, the reading world will be shaken upside down.