Book Reviews

Photograph of the Red Wall book by Jane Hall (retired RCMP member)






Since Jane Hall’s book was first published, there have been many complimentary reviews.

Recently, a review of her book has been posted to wikipedia.  Check out the Wikipedia review We have included additional book reviews below for your information:




April 27, 2012Peace Arch News – “POLICE CELEBRATION 60 YEARS”  by Frank Bucholtz – “Today this seems hard to believe, but there was a heated a debate about women joining the RCMP and, as outlined in the excellent book, The Red Wall, by Jane Hall, it was tough for many of the early female officers when they joined what had been a male-only bastion.”

November 16, 2011Five star rating – “Amazing” – Review by S.L. Watson (Ohio): “This book is, frankly, amazing.  The author’s voice is engaging, the details are incredible and vivid, and it paints a strong picture of a dynamic police force at its best, and in crisis as well.  Not only that,, but it gives a truly insightful view into recent history – misogyny, acceptance, struggles for rights.  It’s just absolutely, one hundred percent worth reading for anyone interested in looking into police work from a female point of view.” 

October 4, 2010 Krystina’s Review on “The Red Wall: A Woman in the RCMP” by Jane Hall.  “ I really enjoyed the policing aspects of the book, the parts where she talked about the RCMP, her job, and the traditions and rich history of the RCMP, but I would have to give this book a slightly lower rating because of the unneeded content. I would also advise age appropriateness and due caution for the parts of the book where she talks about some of the sad and more “mature” cases, and ultimately parental pre-viewing for anyone under 18.”

April 11, 2009Five star rating – “A New and Unforgettable Take on the Mounties” by Lou Allin (Vancouver Island) – “Jane joined the RCMP in 1977, one of the first females, and enjoyed a long, safe, and meritorious career in British Columbia, Vancouver area.  She also has a near photographic memory, which accounts for the amazing detail in her many stories.  Her prose is smooth and professional, so much so that the book was shortlisted for one of Canada’s top book prizes.

One fascinating detail involved the original dress uniform for women.  Since the dark trousers, Sam Browne belt, and Stetson were deemed ‘unfeminine,’ the ladies were issued skirts, a pillbox hat, and a purse!  They resembled airline stewardesses.  Wiser and more practical minds prevailed not long after, and women even got into the Musical Ride… with no side saddle.

A must-read for everyone interested in law enforcement.”