- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Insomniac Press (Sept. 1 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1894663977
- ISBN-13: 978-1894663977
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #686,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tapas on the Ramblas Paperback – Sep 1 2005
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About the Author
Anthony Bidulka is an avid traveller, party-giver, and sun worshipper.?One of his?favourite sayings is: "Life may be short, but it can be wide." He lives in Saskatoon and invites you to visit his website at www.anthonybidulka.com. This is the fourth book in his Russell Quant mystery series.
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Tapas on the Ramblas is a howl of a read. Dramatic, tense and emotive and all the humour is there from the previous two books in the Russell Quant series. But this time, Bidulka seems to have increased the stakes, both the dramatic plot twists and the emotional lives of his characters are heightened in Tapas to great effect.
I keep waiting for the author to give in to some easy resolution with his characters' lives. But he always resists, which builds a real and rare authenticity to his narrative and the players in his unfolding tale.
This is a screamingly-good read, with enough plot twists for any mystery fan, but it's Bidulka's insightful humour and colourful turns of phrase that really highlight the uniqueness of his creation. Witty, fun, laugh-out-loud. High adventure murder mystery with our charming and unlikely hero in Russell Quant -- a PI from Saskatoon Saskatchewan travelling the world and rescuing more than one damsel in distress. Without nary a wrinkle in his ubiquitous "wonderpants".
In this story, Russell Quant is hired to find out who wants to kill off a matriarch for the inheritance. Pretty typical mystery stuff - but really not so much anymore - it was decidedly refreshing to move away from the blood & guts, government conspiracy, CSI-like stores that have become today's standard mystery fodder, and return to some good, chewy, character-laden stuff with enticing and exotic foreign locales as the background. I changed my mind several times on who I thought the culprit was and I thought I had it but the author pulls out more than one surprise at the end.
As usual, the heart of the Quant novels are the characters and even though our roving detective spends little time in his small-city stomping grounds this time around, the author somehow found ways to bring a number of our favourites along with him. Thankfully. And how he makes these subsidiary characters continue to live and develop even (in the case of one of my faves - Russell's mother) in just a few short, well-written lines, is a strength of this writer.
Tapas on the Ramblas is a story that is as colourful and bright and interesting as its cover. Highly recommended.
There is something really fun about reading a book like this when its cold and snowy outside and the biggest adventure in your life recently was taking out the garbage.
In this Russell Quant mystery, we find our detective aboard The Dorothy, a luxury gay cruise leaving from Barcelona heading directly into trouble! There are bad guys and bad lounge acts, exotic ports of call and (from one of my favourite scenes) a flower pot dropped on someone's head (which is a terrific nod to the Christie potboilers of the past which this feels a lot like).
This book is at once fun, frivolous, but not for the faint-hearted - there are some truly scary moments. And, for those following the series from book one, Bidulka, thankfully, does not forget to throw us a few clever tie-ins with the regular cast of characters.