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Stain of the Berry [Paperback]

Anthony Bidulka
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Sept. 1 2006 Russell Quant Mysteries
Everyone has their Boogeyman. But who — or what — is scaring Saskatoon locals to death? Private detective Russell Quant is roused from sleep only to fall into a nightmare case when the family of a suicide victim hires him to uncover the real cause of death. But what is real and what is imaginary? Quant works to narrow his list of suspects only to find the number of victims growing. Russell is mystified as the trail of fear connects him to a vast landscape of people, including an elegant potash miner, dubious trailer park denizens, reticent farm folk, the Pink Gopher choir, and a gaseous psychiatrist.

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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 A Wonderous Discovery June 8 2007
Russell Quant mysteries are something different - a cut above the rest. I love series mysteries. But I often lose interest. After three or four or five of the same thing ....even with good writing, I lose interest. My problem, maybe.

Then someone suggested I read the new Canadian hot mystery guy, Anthony Bidulka. So I give the first one - Amuse Bouche - a try. It was good. I went to the second, Flight of Aquavit. He had me. Now, four books into the series, I am intriqued by this author's willingness to take his characters beyond the boundaries or normal mystery fair. He makes them live,he gives them real storylines and sometimes, he leaves us hanging. He wrings the life out of these people, makes them real, live, breathing people who you care about.

With other series I lost interest because I knew nothing of great interest was going to happen to the people I cared about most - i.e. the main characters. Not so in a Russell Quant mystery - things happen to these people - whether we like it or not - and I can hardly wait for the next book to see what happens. More than a mystery? Oh yeah!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read It - You'll Love It March 24 2007
By Gerard
Seldom have I read a fiction book where I truly felt as if I was being told the story of a real person. That is the case with Stain of the Berry, a story about a young, witty, engaging, gay man living a normal life in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - a little known Canadian city. Well, as normal as you can get if you happen to be trying to make a living as a MagnumPI/Jane Tennison private detective, your best friend has disappeared (seemingly off the face of the earth), you're kidnapped in the middle of the night by a handsome stranger, and you're being hassled by none other than the BOOGEYMAN. All this and still he's dealing with a stalled love life, friend problems, dog issues, mother issues, and turning 35. This is the well-rounded story of Russell Quant, PI. You'll love him, you'll love the people around him, you'll cheer him on, you'll be pulled into this rather spooky mystery (maybe you'll even stop reading when it gets a little too late at night and you hear that bump in the night) and, probably, like me, you'll run - not walk - to the nearest bookstore and buy (or in my case, order) the first three books in this wonderful series by an exciting new Canadian writer.
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record in regards to this series, I am being truthful when I say "Stain of the Berry is my new favourite". This is especially true for one very personal reason.

But first off, I need to say that I prefer when a series author does not lead his audience on for too long with an unresolved plot line (I feel the same with TV series). However, I found the ongoing mystery surrounding the background of subsidiary character, Sereena Orion Smith, compelling enough to keep me going for at least a few more books. So I was wary when I understood much would be revealed in Stain of the Berry. But as usual, this author reads his readers right, and gave us just enough to satisfy our hunger, yet not allow us to gorge.

Back to why this was such an emotionally evocative book for me - there is a scene, in the lovely (not to mention exciting and noirish) Sereena side story, where Russell is comfronted with not only Sereena's past but his own as well. Without making this review a spoiler, let me just say, I recently had a loss in my family which left me reeling, and the deep emotions this writer shares in some of these scenes - one in particular - made this self-proclaimed tough-guy reader, shed a tear. I know its melodramatic of me, but gosh I loved it, needed it, re-read it several times. And I just know the author knows what I feel and that is comforting some how.

I can't ask for more than what I got from this book, but am just betting when the next Russell Quant mystery comes out, I'll be saying...ohhhh, this is my favourite.
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By BrentC
From the spooky cover featuring the contradictory images of a fairground ferris wheel against the rusty-hued backdrop of a prairie sky stained by an approaching storm, Anthony Bidulka's newest Russell Quant mystery takes hold of the reader and never lets go.

After just discovering this series earlier this year, I had my name in at the local bookstore to call me as soon as this book arrived - last night! It is a page turner that kept me going until hunger or thirst or sleep could no longer be denied. It started off slowly, refamiliarizing the reader with the characters that series regulars have now come to love, reminding us of the cliff-hanger that the last book, Tapas on the Ramblas, left us with. And then, like dunking yourself in cold water, the story plunges head first into a mystery that is at the same time complex yet very personal and private and frightening.

The book jacket says Russell Quant finds himself on a perilous bridge between idyllic childhood and grown up violence. At first I did not know what that meant. But I do now - and I couldn't have said it better myself - so kudos to whoever writes Mr. Bidulka's jacket copy.

Stain of the Berry is about a woman who commits suicide - or did she? Enter the boogeyman. At the same time, Russell is searching for his friend Sereena who mysteriously disappeared. He could have really written a whole book just about this adventure.

A wholly satisfying reading experience. My only complaint is that its now over. Will a fifth Russell Quant be far off?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Lovely Stain
Stain of the Berry tackles some serious concepts and issues, none more so than a harrowing scene involved the hero, Russell Quant, at his most defenceless, face down in a dark... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2008 by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book I'll Read More Than Once
Stain of the Berry is like a mythology text on all that is Russell Quant. I've loved the other books, and this once just gave me that little bit more background. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2007 by Alia
5.0 out of 5 stars real progression
Anthony's writing is getting better all the time. He's created an almost real person with his Mr. Russell Quant character, flaws and all. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2007 by ron bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands-Down a Favourite Series
Anthony Bidulka's Prairie PI is a character you can't help but love and follow through the series. This latest Russell Quant novel is no exception, and the author does a fantastic... Read more
Published on April 21 2007 by MagicMan
4.0 out of 5 stars Explanations
Bidulka has created a PI with wit and real charm. Problem is he has surrounded him with people and events that take away from the story. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2007 by Dave and Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent series just got better!
In Stain of the Berry, author Anthony Bidulka shows what can be done with a mystery series to make it so much more than a sum of its parts. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2006 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bidulka gets better and better!
Couldn't read Stain of the Berry fast enough! Great plot, memorable characters, as usual...though it isn't necessary to read all four of the author's novels, it certainly makes... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2006 by W. Shawn Bursey
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Frightening
Stain of the Berry by Anthony Bidulka is indeed a tale of mystery and suspense, but beneath its Mystery veil is a story of great beauty and great tension. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2006 by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, Loveable, Enjoyable - Want More!
Russell Quant has quite the case on his hands. He's hunting down someone we all know (whether we admit it or not): The BOOGEYMAN! Read more
Published on Dec 5 2006 by JeffC
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent work in the series
Anthony Bidulka just keeps getting better and better and I look forward to every novel. I couldn't wait till this was released in the states so I ordered as soon as it was... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2006 by Mark Long
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