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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.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

10th Canadian Book Challenge Roundup (Part I)

June 30th marked the end of the 10th Canadian Book Challenge. John Mutford hosted the Challenge for its first 10 years. The new host is Melwyk at her blog, https://indextrious.blogspot.ca/. I am planning to take up the 11th Canadian Book Challenge with her.
This past year I read 16 Canadian books which is about average for me. In the 9th Challenge it was also 16. In the 8th it was 19 and for the 7th it was 18.

The books I have read for the Challenge are:

1.) Open Season by Peter Kirby

2.) A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

3.) The Scottish Banker of Surabaya by Ian Hamilton

4.) A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny - The Academy and Comparisons and The Map

5.) A Candle to Light the Sun by Patricia Blondal and Patricia Blondal

6.) Jack - A Life with Writers by James King

7.) Invisible Dead by Sam Wiebe

8.) Safe at Home by Alison Gordon

9.) Set Free by Anthony Bidulka

10.) Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany

11.) Final Appeal by Colin Thatcher

12.) The Idea of Canada - Letters to a Nation by David Johnston - Part I and Part II and Part III and his letter in reply

13.) Black Thursday by Scott Gregory Miller

14.) Hang Down Your Head by Janice MacDonald

15.) The Fortunate Brother by Donna Morrissey

16.) After James by Michael Helm

In my next post I will discuss the books I read during the 10th Challenge.


  1. I hope you'll have a good experience with this challenge, Bill. It's a really effective way, I think, to get the word out there about Canadian books. I look forward to your discussions of the books you read for Challenge #10.

    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I know participating in the Challenge has inspired me to read more Canadian books.

  2. I really enjoy Canadian crime fiction, but sadly I only read one such book in the past year, SNOW JOB by William Deverell (the fifth of Deverell's books I've read). Might have to join the 11th challenge to ramp up my Canuck Crime quota

  3. Craig: Thanks for the comment. It would be great to have joining the 11th Challenge.

  4. So many of these books sound good just by the title. It's hard for me to choose what I want to delve into.

    1. Kathy D.: Thanks for the comment. For you might I suggest A Great Reckoning and A Candle to Light the Sun.