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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, October 1, 2015

New to Me Authors for July to September of 2015

The third quarter of 2015 was a 3 month period when I did not read as many books as usual. Between summer and a long cruise I read less rather than more. I wonder what that says about my priorities.

The new authors read were:

1.) No Known Grave by Maureen Jennings;

2.) Plague by C.C. Humphreys;

3.) The Ingenious Mr. Pyke by Henry Hemming;

4.) The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson; and,

5.) Another Margaret by Janice MacDonald.

Of the quintet four were fiction with The Ingenious Mr. Pyke being the exception though, as I set out in my review, I thought it was fiction for almost half the book. The life of Mr. Pyke was so fantastical I thought it was fiction.

Most quarters I pick one of the new authors as my favourite. This quarter I am unable to pick between The Ingenious Mr. Pyke; The Secret of Magic and Another Margaret.

For these past 3 months I do note the five new authors to me have written very different books. From WW II to 17th Century London to a biography spanning the first half of the 20th Century to the post WW II American South to contemporary academic life in Edmonton, Alberta.

I will claim diversity for the quarter.

The New to Me Author meme is hosted by Kerrie Smith at her blog, Mysteries in Paradise.


  1. You've read some really interesting-sounding books this time. And I remember thinking that I really should read The Ingenious Mr. Pike. It did sound absolutely fascinating. And about priorities? My reading might drop off, too, if I were on such a fabulous cruise.

    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I expect you would still read more on a cruise than I did last month.