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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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On an Oceania Cruise

Blogging has been going slowly partly because Sharon and I are back on the Oceania ship, Marina, for back to back cruises. We left Miami on Sunday and are headed up the East coast of America. Yesterday we were in Charleston, South Carolina. Tomorrow we will be in New York City. We will then work our way around to the Maritimes and go up the St. Lawrence to Montreal where the first cruise will end.

I have not planned as much reading as past cruises as I never got as much reading done as planned.

Yesterday I finished Cut You Down by Sam Wiebe which is the second in the Dave Wakeland series. It was a fine book and I am working on posts though I keep getting distracted.

This morning it was Team Trivia at 10:00. Our team, Buzzards Too, had a credible second place finish.

Soon it was time for lunch which was extended when Sharon and I had a very pleasant conversation with a couple, Deena and Gerry, from England. We both have sons named Jonathan who are lawyers.

This afternoon I was reading in the library but got too comfortable and dozed off. 

When I came back to the stateroom I turned on the T.V. and Sharon and I got involved in watching Molly's Game starring Jessica Chastain. I thought it reasonably credible but was still surprised when I learned it was based on the real life story of skier, Molly Bloom.

It was interesting to subsequently learn of the real life Hollywood actors who played poker at the games she organized.

After the movie I spent some time on the net with members of the law office in Saskatchewan.

Then it was time for supper at the Grand dining room. I enjoyed herb crusted roast chicken (a feature of the restaurant's Jacque Pepin signature recipes).

When we were done it was time for evening trivia. Second again.

Back to the state room with just enough time to write this post before retiring.

Will post about crime fiction as best I can on the cruise. 


  1. I hope you have a wonderful trip, Bill! It sounds as though you're enjoying yourself, and that's great.

    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. The crew works hard to give every cruiser a good time.

  2. I am always a bit envious when you go on a cruise, even though I have a fear of traveling on boats. I know that they are relatively safe but that doesn't help. I still haven't read Sam Wiebe's first book, Last of the Independents. I hope to get to it sometime this year.

  3. TracyK: Thanks for the comment. I have always felt very comfortable on the cruise ship. Sam is getting better and better as a writer.