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Amuse Bouche [Mass Market Paperback]

Anthony Bidulka
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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May 1 2005 Russell Quant Mysteries
A gay wedding gone bad. A missing groom. An unsullied reputation at risk. Enter Russell Quant — cute, gay, and a rookie private detective. With a nose for good wine and bad lies, Quant is off to France on his first big case. From the smudgy streets of Paris, he cajoles and sleuths his way to the pastel-colored promenade of Sanary-sur-Mer.Back in Saskatoon, Quant comes face-to-face with a client who may be the bad guy, a quarry who turns up in the most unexpected place, and a cast of colorful suspects: the vile sister, the best friend, the colleague, the ex-lover, the lawyer, the priest, the snoopy neighbor — are they involved? Or is someone else lurking in the shadows? As he works through his case, Quant juggles his detective gig with the responsibilities of a personal life full of captivating personalities.Taking a cue from the style and humor of Robert B. Parker, and evoking Armistead Maupin with his wit and warmth, Anthony Bidulka's Amuse Bouche is a rich, saucy, and engaging read.

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"Bidulka manages to spin a compelling detective story with colourful characters, hilarious situations, and touching relationships." — Midwest Book Review"Bidulka touches on a variety of serious issues ... while neatly weaving these strands into an engaging mystery." — Quill & Quire"... carries the reader along on an exuberant joy ride of action with sporadic pit stops for mayhem, menace, and occasional romance." — Halifax Wayves"... there is sincerity and just a hint of sage world-weariness about the self-questioning lifestyle and relationships the author draws from his charming, vulnerable detective." — Canadian Book Review Annual

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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J'Amuse Sept. 5 2006
By Dave and Joe TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sorry, Amazon, I bought this in a traditional bookstore, finding it by accident in amongst other mysteries. I bought it warily having had poor luck with gay literature in the past. So many writers in this genre try way too hard with the lines and the 'quirky but loveable' characters. I was predisposed to dislike the book. But Mr. Bidulka surprised me with the depth of the story and the restraint he used - he actually let the story tell itself. The mark of a great writer is to be read effortlessly - Mr. Bidulka hit that mark. The plot moves quickly and the pages turn quicker than you'd like. I've worked in Saskatoon many, many times and enjoyed revisiting the locales and placing the action. Nice job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great find! July 18 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bought this on a lark and was totally taken in by Bidulka's characters and plot twists. If you're looking for a great book featuring a gay hero, can't recommend this enough. Solid mystery plot, vibrant and eccentric cast of Prairie characters and a real sense of fun make this a superb read. I immediately ordered Flight of the Aquavit and just finished Tapas on the Ramblas. Am absolutely ooking forward to this fall's new release -- Stain of the Berry.

Bidulka does a great service to his characters by developing them over the course of the series rather than holding them in a sitcom pattern where at the end of each episode, everything returns to its original state. At the end of each book, you'll definitely be wanting for more of our Saskatoon Detective Hero, Russell Quant, his ubiquitous "wonderpants" and his colourful friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful beginning of a Terrific Series Dec 25 2006
By Dan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You'll love every moment of this book which first introduces us to the cast of characters that return often in this series. There is a lot to love here, but mostly the way the author seems to be writing to provide pure enjoyment to his readers. Job well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another gay book July 5 2004
Even though this is a mystery about a groom gone missing from a gay wedding, it is way more than that. There is comedy, supense, plot teases and more. Excellent read from a first time author. I hope he goes on to write more about Russell Quant and make it into a series of books, It was wonderful to read another gay themed book (like Mysterious Places... Mysterious Dreams) without all the stereotypical gay stuff. This was just a damn good mystery that happens to be about gay people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth you time June 17 2004
My friend let me borrow this book with a warning of "I only got a chapter in. It's boring. Good luck."
Unlike my friend, I loved this book. Far from boring, this story about a detective in Saskatoon searching for a groom who goes missing the day of his wedding to his devoted partner is worth whatever it takes for you to find it. The storyline is quite captivating and has many little twists and turns. Anthony Bidulka's Russell Quant is a funny man; his quips and insights often had me laughing out loud.
The character of Russell Quant is also rather interesting, and his world is full of characters such as his neighbor, Sereena, his friends Erral and Kelly, and his uncle and his uncle's boyfriend, Anthony and Jared, all of whom are intriguing. Throughout the story we are introduced to these characters and many more, and we are given just enough information and hints about them to make us want more.
I'm looking forward to Flight of Aquavit, and I would recommend Amuse Bouche to anyone inclined.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Easy Read Dec 28 2003
By Mason
Don't be fooled by the title - nothing foreign or difficult here - just fun ride on a new gay mystery series train. This is the first Russell Quant mystery - and I found it very engaging and a little quirky. More than once Russell's witty asides made me laugh out loud. I like how the author planted some seeds of mystery for future books - like, what's up with the neighbor lady? And the uncle?
The mystery - case of a missing groom - is inventive, with a little bit of an old fashioned mystery feel to it - think modern Mickey Spillane with a gay twist - takes us on a trip from Canada to France and back and introduces us to some great characters. Although i found myself engaged and paying attention to the mystery, I found myself just as interested in what Russell was going to say next, what he thought about things and how he interacted with the people in his life - people I expect to be part of future books.
More than just a mystery - this will be a series that you'll be waiting for the next one to come out. Soon I hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something New for Gay Mystery Dec 28 2003
By phillip
Every so often I like to try a new mystery author, gay or otherwise - to see what I might be missing from my usuals - JM Wilson, Lev Raphael, Kellerman...and with Bidulka I was not disappointed. I just hope that the promised sequel to this first Russell Quant mystery follows up on the promise I see in this writer, his story and his characters. I was a little wary of the story taking place in Saskatchewan, in a city I'd never really heard of - but in the end, that was just one of the things that made this book so appealing and engaging - I felt as if I was discovering a new country.
This book went down like a nice glass of lemonade on a hot day (with a bit of vodka in it as a surprise). I was expecting a gorgeous hero, the sexual innuendos, the drag queen, the fag hag etc etc etc which - not to deride those things which I do enjoy - I was glad to find little of - instead Amuse Bouche is a nice change from all that. Every so often when I least expected it Bidulka interjected in his witty and smooth writing little gems - turns of phrase or descriptions that I fell in love with. Pay attention when Russell is in a little French village and is describing the characters he sees.
I feel as if more is going to happen in this series than just solving mysteries - I feel as if I'm going to want to know more and more about Sereena and the priest and Jared, the model at the end of his career.
I can only hope and await to hear what next Russell is up to in Saskatoon - wherever that is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't know this was a gay mystery !
First time reading Anthony Bidulka - great to read a Canadian author doing a good mystery. The gay references were kept discrete and usually funny - enjoyed the book and will buy... Read more
Published on April 25 2011 by B. Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Amuse Yourself with Amuse Bouche
A mystery both serious and funny. Great balance. Great new characters for the genre. Read on.
Published on Oct. 2 2009 by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genesis of a Wholly Enjoyable Series - Start Here
This is where we first meet Russell Quant and the unique world he lives in. Its not LA or New York, Vancouver or Montreal - its Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Where? you say. Find out. Read more
Published on March 24 2007 by Gerard
5.0 out of 5 stars Begiining of a Reader's Love Affair
When you meet Russell and Errall and Jared and Sereena and all the others, you'll want to know more. Well, you're in luck. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2006 by Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome start to a new series
Russell Quant is my man. Read Flight of Aquavit first, then had to come back for Amuse Bouche - now that paperback is finally out! I can hardly wait to read more. Read more
Published on March 8 2005 by Reg
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Mystery
The title at first made me wonder, what kind of mystery is this? And I was right to wonder. Although this story (about a groom gone missing from a gay wedding) is a first rate... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2004 by Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect a Fun Read
Amuse Bouche was as surprising and different as it's title. Once I got that this was a mystery, a gay mystery and a gay mystery set in small town Canada - I was expecting... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Mason
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