Mystery Monday | Escape to Havana by Nick Wilkshire

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Mystery Mondays is an occasional review feature here on Words of Mystery that showcases books in the mystery (and on occasion thriller) genre that we are currently reading and our thoughts on them. Feel free to comment and leave suggestions as to what we should read and review next.

Who is it by? Nick Wilkshire is a lawyer in addition to being a writer. Escape to Havana is the first book in his Foreign Affairs Mystery series. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

What is it about?After a very public scandal involving his wife, and a divorce that followed soon after the last thing Charlie Hillier wants is to remain in Ottawa where his ex-wife is. So when a posting in Cuba opens up, he’s more than willing to go. What he wasn’t expecting to find in his new position are the drugs under his bedroom floor…


Where does it take place? Havana, the capital city of Cuba where Charlie has his first foreign posting.

Why did I like it? Escape to Havana was a title that wasn’t actually picked by myself but rather it won a twitter poll to be the next title to be featured on “Mystery Monday”. To be honest, it felt like it took an eternity for something to actually happen and for a mystery there was not much sleuthing going on. That being said, the protagonist, Charlie is quite likeable and a character that us regular folks can generally relate to. And things do really pick up in the last few chapters before the book ends. Escape to Havana was a fairly light read with a satisfying conclusion however I’m not sure if I’m be picking up Book 2 in this series.

When is it out? November 12, 2016

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Book Review | The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences by Robin Esrock

Robin Esrock
Trade Paperback, 390 pages
Publication date:
October 12th 2013
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.


“Travel magic is not about what you’re doing, it’s about whom you’re doing it with.” (p. 69)

I think…at least for me it’s true what they say; when you live somewhere for a long time you tend to take things for granted. For instance, I’ve lived in Canada all my life and while I love travelling and have been to several different places, I have not visited much of the country I was born in.

What I love about Robin Esrock’s The Great Canadian Bucket List: One of a Kind Travel Experiences is that it provides not just outsiders, but Canadians a glimpse of what our country has to offer in terms of things to do, eat and observe. The book is separated into thirteen different sections for each of the provinces and territories that comprise Canada; and I loved how the sections were arranged in order from west coast to east coast followed by the three territories in the north. In addition to the organization, another thing this book has is a unique format. In each section the writer lists different things that he recommends readers should definitely try. Just like with any bucket list, the recommendations are actual items off of Esrock’s own bucket list and things that he in reality has tried himself for the book. This gives The Great Canadian Bucket List, a somewhat travel memoir feel in addition to it being a travel guide to Canada.

Overall The Great Canadian Bucket List: One of a Kind Travel Experiences is a straightforward and entertaining read and guide to Canada. It is informative without being overwhelming and has an excellent balance of stunning photography, personal antidotes, historical tidbits, travel tips, and expert recommendations. After finishing this book, I can say for certain my wanderlust has definitely worsened and I am extra eager to embark on a road trip across Canada…now if only I can find someone willing to go with me who can drive.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.