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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press; Reprint edition (May 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894663918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894663915
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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By Dave and Joe TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 5 2006
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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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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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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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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. You'll be glad you did. A nice, easy, warm, sometimes titillating, mystery with plenty of wit and whodunit.
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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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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. There are two more books after this one, and a fourth promised fall 06. Let's hope the author gets one out a year. I can't wait. Fun. Suspenseful. Unexpected. Unique. Tugs at heart strings and makes you guffaw. Who wants more from 250 pages.
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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. I hear rumour that number three is on its way end of this year? Its fun, easy, interesting and made me think - not always an easy task. Highly recommend this series.
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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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