Amuse Bouche Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2005
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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
About the Author
Anthony Bidulka has been a bartender, a teacher, a shoe salesman, a waiter, a bull-cook at a uranium mine, and an auditor. An avid traveler and mystery reader, he lives in Saskatoon where he is at work on his fifth Russell Quant novel. Amuse Bouche is his first book.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on April 25 2011 by B. Keller
A mystery both serious and funny. Great balance. Great new characters for the genre. Read on.Published on Oct. 2 2009 by Brad
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 morePublished on Feb. 17 2006 by Dillon
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 morePublished on March 8 2005 by Reg
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 morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by Heath