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Aloha, Candy Hearts [Paperback]

Anthony Bidulka
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April 1 2004 Russell Quant Mysteries
From the calm Pacific to the storm-tossed prairie, a teasing puzzle turns into a frightening game of cat and mouse for gay PI Russell Quant. Russell can't be sure whether a dead man's surprising last gift will take him on a treasure hunt or a treacherous game of life or death. With a series of clues spanning decades — from a shocking modern-day murder to Saskatoon's dark, hidden past — he revisits the harsh realities of early homesteading, investigates the blackmail of one of the literary world's most esteemed writers, and digs for clues at the site of a never-forgotten scourge. As past reveals future, the hunter becomes the hunted. Racing to keep up with his latest case, Russell must balance his professional life with the demands of a wedding, a memorial, and at least one home-cooked meal at Mom's. With the Hawaiian sand barely shook free from his hair, Russell is confronted, professionally and personally, with the harsh consequences of indecision. Saying aloha is not always easy. Welcome to the world of Russell Quant ... .

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Bidulka touches on a variety of serious issues ... while neatly weaving these strands into an engaging mystery. — Quill & Quire

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Anthony Bidulka is an award-winning writer who, like his protagonist, lives a big life in a small city on the Canadian prairies. Please visit his website at www.anthony bidulka.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best in the Series Dec 6 2009
By Todd C.
Format:Paperback
I've read each of the Russell Quant books as they have come out. I bought this book several months ago but for some reason only got around to reading it this weekend. What a shame -- this is the best Russell Quant book yet.

Set mainly in Saskatoon, Aloha, Candy Hearts jumps throughout the city and it's history deeper than any has before. As well, the book expands on Russell's romantic life, says a final goodbye to a previous character and introduces a few more memorable ones. The series keeps getting better as it goes on. The ending was something straight out of Hollywood, and I don't mean that in a cliched or bad way. I had a lump in my throat as I read the final page and any book that can do that to you, is worth keeping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I've read every Russell Quant adventure and absolutely loved each one! Each book has had me engrossed in the people, the situations, the mystery and has had me laughing out loud! This latest Triumph follows in that very high standard! It is wonderful! Surely, Anthony Bidulka must be a Giant in this genre, a Giant in gay writing with a gay hero and characters. And you certainly don't need to be gay to enjoy these works! I can't say enough about the thoroughly enjoyable experience each and every one of these books has been for me. Do yourself a favour -- escape with Russell Quant to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and enjoy the adventure! (Be prepared to laugh out loud!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy, From Start to Finish June 27 2009
By Andy
Format:Paperback
There's something about Anthony Bidulka's writing that tells me he must really love his job. The joy of his books, even when covering serious issues, simply pours from each page.
In Aloha, Candy Hearts, detective Russell Quant is proposed to on the first page. This has to be one of the most unexpected ways to begin a crime novel. But as usual with this long-running series, Bidulka is here to tell us that his tales are not like anyone elses. And thank goodness for that.
The mystery doesn't take long to get rolling, beginning with a brutal murder of a sweet old man, involving a famous writer, an archivist, a long-dead Olympic hero, and seven dogs hilariously named after the Sound of Music children.
Bidulka continues to write at top form. Sit back and take in a hot summer afternoon with Aloha, Candy Hearts. You won't regret it.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Aloha, Candy Hearts Aug. 27 2009
Format:Paperback
i think it one worst books i ever read. the review inn london free press said it was a great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best authors in the genre Dec 7 2009
By Keith Dupuis - Published on Amazon.com
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Periodically I go through "genre benders"; I started devouring gay mystery fiction about a year ago. Hands down, Anthony Bidulka is the best I've read. I went through all of his novels in succession and then waited, impatiently, for about 6 months until ALOHA, CANDY HEARTS came out. I am not disappointed.

This is the first time I've ever actually reviewed a book on Amazon. And as it turns out, I'm a fundamentally lazy reviewer... I figure you'll be able to get an idea of the plot from the synopsis above. In a nutshell what I'd like to say about ALOHA, CANDY HEARTS is that (1) it was great to spend some time with Russell again, (2) it was great to spend some time with the fantastically-rendered cast of secondary characters, (3) it was great to spend some time back in Saskatoon, and (4) I look forward to how the series develops based on the intensely-personal decision Russell is required to make in this installment. What more can I say? This book is worth every cent I paid for it.

I don't just think Russell Quant is a fantastic representation of gay detectives, I think he's one of the most interesting, affecting, and approachable literary characters I've read in a while. This is an exceptional series; and ALOHA, CANDY HEARTS is an excellent addition.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good fun read, Russell Quant rides again! Jan. 3 2010
By B. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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This tale puts a lot of Russell Quant's worlds together in a fun, delightful read. Enjoyingly set mostly back in Saskatoon, all the usual characters make their appearance. We learn a little more about Russell's immediate family, we get to have Russell in conflict over his personal life and two choice men, and we have a fun treasure map and murder investigation all at once. If you've read any of Bidulka's previous Quant mysteries, you can't miss this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Time It's Personal Aug. 15 2010
By Contradiction - Published on Amazon.com
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The wait was almost too long for Bidulka's fans but Aloha, Candy Hearts was worth it. For this instalment, the Russell's personal life takes center stage and the mystery is almost secondary. While I couldn't put it down when I was reading it, a month later, I don't remember a single detail of the book beyond the shifts in our hero's love life. But the book was necessary to set us up for what comes next and leaves us hungry for the next book. My only complaint is that sometimes Bidulka's stories drift dangerously close to twee. Russell's brief flirtation with Plakcy's hero Kimo from the Mahu series was such an example of a touch too precious. Still, the series remains one of the best for mystery lovers overall and an oasis for a gay audience searching for someone they can relate to.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich Read Dec 9 2009
By Edda - Published on Amazon.com
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I was once known to be a literary snob. At the urging of friends, I began reading genre fiction.
One of the more curious mystery titles I was suggested, was the first Russell Quant book, Amuse Bouche. I've now just finished devouring the sixth in this adorable and endearing series, Aloha, Candy Hearts. I stretched out the final pages as long as I could, feeling a bit heart sick. Not only from the deeply rewarding, heartbreaking yet still uplifting ending, but because I knew the story of detective Russell Quant, his family and friends in charming Saskatoon, and rich adventures around the world would come to an end too. At least until the next book, which I dearly hope comes out soon.
Do not be fooled. I urge you literary snobs, pick up a mystery or romance or fantasy novel, you may be surprised at what you find, and the joy it will bring you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better March 9 2014
By Marketing Professor in Connecticut - Published on Amazon.com
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Having purchased and started reading this 6th outing of the Russell Quant mysteries within seconds of having finished reading the 5th book, it's probably fair to infer that I'm obsessively, compulsively consuming these novels. They're addictive. Think the novel form of the illegal drug called crack, often said to be instantaneously addictive.

Author Anthony Bidulka, a gifted and masterful storyteller, has book-by-book built and developed his central character in a manner that makes the reader alternately love Russell and want to slap him, just like Cher slapping Nicholas Cage in "Moonstruck" before she shouted, "Snap out of it." Bidulka is an ambitious writer, but his reach never exceeds his talent. While he could easily have developed a formula for these stories, he didn't. For example, this book takes the reader to extreme emotional highs and lows, while observing Russell's introspection and self-discovery, along with his damning emotional and relational ineptitude.

Further, Bidulka's cast of recurring characters avoid the cardboard-cut-out syndrome. He writes their own growth and development with nuance and sensitivity, never allowing them to become cliches or after-thoughts. The gorgeous grooms, Anthony and Jared, marry during the most weather-challenged ceremony of the century. We see them experience relational honesty and integrity that makes us truly believe love can concur all, and do so without being saccharine, maudlin, or insincere. Errall makes terrible choices, corrects course before it's too late, and comes out of those gyrations stronger and more human. Ethan and Simon challenge Russell's assumptions about himself and the world, causing him to hide from and face up to his immaturity and his motivations. Mama Kay Quant rises above the realm of kitchen mastery and charming accent to demonstrate real strength, true intelligence, and a fierce love for her children that makes us love her all the more. Bidulka gives us a glimpse into life on that prairie farm even before Russell was born, providing insights into the biological and behavioral components that shaped Russell's past, present, and -- perhaps -- his future.

While writing this, I will admit that I've only just placed down my iPad, upon which I'm already well into the 7th book.
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