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.
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
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
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 morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by Mason