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Stain of the Berry [Paperback]

Anthony Bidulka
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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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 real progression Aug. 8 2007
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. I look forward to the next title in the series and hope there will be many more. Anthony Bidulka is a gifted author and I am so glad a friend recommended his books to me. Read them and enjoy.
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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 Hands-Down a Favourite Series April 21 2007
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 job of creating a spooky mystery that holds its own while dipping into and bringing some startling revelations to open questions from previous installments.

Although Stain of the Berry would stand on its own, I'd personally recommend picking up the series from the beginning. Then you can really enjoy the development of the lead character and the strong backstories that are woven through the novels.

I actually delayed buying this book so I had something to look forward to and kicked myself after unabashedly devouring this in a weekend.

Discover Russell Quant if you haven't yet; Bidulka is a fun writer, obviously really enjoying what he's doing, and his creations are engaging, the mysteries are well-crafted and his characters are unforgettable.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent series just got better! Dec 25 2006
By Dan
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. There are bits of this story that have popped into my head long after I was done reading. The most obvious is the boogeyman storyline which, instead of the expected horror/slasher treatment, Bidulka weaves gently and subtly into a tale of fear and misunderstanding that ends up having dire circumstances not only for Russell Quant's clients, but for Russell Quant himself.

In other parts of the book, Russell is drinking chilled Rose on a sweltering hot day at an outdoor restaurant, being chased down Davie Street in Vancouver, considering a dip in an Artic pool, eating fresh peas from a garden, battling his fears in a trailer park, confronting death in a hospital waiting room, watching fairground fireworks with his mother, celebrating a birthday luau. All in one book.

But the best of it all, this is a true page turner of a mystery, with solid writing, undeniable humour, it was created by a scribe striving for his best. I'm betting Bidulka loves what he does. It shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bidulka gets better and better! Dec 22 2006
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 one appreciate and better know the main character, Russell Quant. Thank you for book #4, Mr. Bidulka! Waiting in anticipation for Russell's next journey of discovery and mystery (would love to see him travel to Canada's east coast! ...the island of Newfoundland would be a great locale for further intrigue and Russell could fall in love here, who knows?!) BUY THIS BOOK!
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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 Read It - You'll Love It
Seldom have I read a fiction book where I truly felt as if I was being told the story of a real person. Read more
Published on March 24 2007 by Gerard
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 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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