- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Insomniac Press (July 31 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554831288
- ISBN-13: 978-1554831289
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 118 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,001,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Anthony Bidulka is an avid traveller, partygiver, and sun worshipper. One of his favourite sayings is: “Life may be short, but it can be wide.” He lives in Saskatoon. This is the seventh book in his Russell Quant mystery series.
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This is a zenith in the Mystery Genre, and a first (as far as I've found) in the gay Mystery Genre. Not a political diatribe - just a wonderful entertaining mystery!
Every adventure of Russel Quant has been a wonderful adventure and mystery. This one is no exception. Plus I learned a great deal about life in the Middle East! A travelogue to boot!
I can't say enough about the Russel Quant series - all of them - including Sheesha! This one kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end! Can a book do that? Yes, it can. Yes they do!
Bidulka's Quant Mysteries all do. I haven't enjoyed reading this much in a long time, and I can't wait for the next in the series to come out.
Do yourself a favour. Have fun. Laugh out loud. Be enthralled with a good mystery, with characters you'll come to love. Go with the Russel Quant Mysteries. You'll love them as much as I do!
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I really loved Aloha, Candy Hearts, and felt that the decidedly substandard Sundowner Ubuntu was partially made up for with the new installment's spiffy pace and beautiful ending. I approached the newest book with a high heart and buoyant hopes.
And then Bidulka goes and exceeds them. Bar none, this is the best book in the series. The mystery is far and away the most accomplished and polished, pulling a suspect switcheroo successfully twice and marginally once. The ending, in fact the last three chapters, are so exciting I was pacing the floor as I read them. (The dog was most confused, poor little love, pacing along with me, looking worried at my exclamations of surprise and excitement.)
The story picks up with Russell happily ensconced in a relationship, seemingly one that's riding on rails it's going so smoothly and directly. He's happy, really truly happy, and the cherry on the sundae of his life lands with a plop in the form of a challenging, extremely remunerative job: Investigate the gay-bashing death of a world-renowned ancient carpet expert in glitzy, ritzy Dubai, all at the expense of a megarich Indian engineer and his wife. It's the engineer's son who's dead. Now...what to tell Mr. Man? "Honey, I'm going away for a few weeks, my life's going to be in danger, kiss kiss!"
Clouds gather, shadows lengthen, and once in Dubai, Russell enters the hyper-closeted world of gay Arabia, and the hyper-competitive world of ancient carpet buying and selling. What happens there leads Russell from a hot Arabian sandstorm back to frigid, January-blasted Saskatoon, a chase scene featuring Mr. Man's property's frozen pond, bullets, a dead body, and a Big Reveal that is really a Big Reveal!
I love being surprised, especially when I've come to the conclusion that a series is fun but no great shakes, worth reading because it's just entertaining. And now I'm awake and alert again, eager for the next book, agog to see what the author will do to fix a certain giant chasm he's ripped in Russell's life.
2011 can't come fast enough. I need my fix!!