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Product Details

  • Series: Russell Quant Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894663918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894663915
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,848,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"...Bidulka touches on a variety of serious issues...while neatly weaving these strands into an engaging mystery."
--Quill & Quire (Toronto)

"First-rate mystery...by any standards."
--The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)

"Amuse Bouche is a novel that entertains and broadens horizons; something...all literature should do."
--NewWinnipeg (Winnpeg)

"[Amuse Bouche] is populated with a broad variety of interesting and very human characters, written with warmth and a genuine sense of humour."
--FFWD (Calgary)

"With first novel 'Amuse Bouche', Anthony Bidulka shows a certain je ne sais quoi."
--in newsweekly (Boston)

"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 is an avid traveller and party-giver. He lives in Saskatoon. This is the first book in his Russell Quant mystery series.

Customer Reviews

All in all, a charming first book in a series, and I look forward to reading the rest of them!
Rainbear
And sometimes I was amazed at these unexpected literary paragraphs that somehow snuck into this little mystery genre story that blew me away.
Mason
If you like a mystery with minimal violence, good style, and a character-driven plot, this is for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Heath on January 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
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 mystery all the way,I sometimes forgot I was reading a mystery. I got to experience the sights and smells, good food and wine of a foreign country. I was immersed in the tale of a tragic love story and later some randy stuff too. I chuckled out loud at some of the hero's quips. Russell Quant is one funny man. I finished Amuse Bouche with the same feeling I get when I've completed a particularly fine meal with a lot of courses and unique flavours. Looking forward to more.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on October 28, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here is Russell Quant's first adventure. In this book you get not only a wonderful mystery that keeps the reader involved from beginning to end, but this is where you first meet the friends that will grow with complexity as this series continues. Re-reading Amuse Bouche after finishing the latest RQ mystery I was taken again by how much I like this sleuth and how the author isn't afraid to make his characters evolve - sometimes on the page, sometimes in our minds - and draw us on to the next book, not only for the simple joy of reading a well-written and witty and thoughtful book, but to see what has happened in the lives of Russell and Errall and Anthony and Sereena and all the others.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KA on October 14, 2005
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Amuse Bouche is a witty, inventive, attractive beginning to what is turning out to be a terrificly entertaining series that draws you in with each passing page and each passing book and has you reaching out with anticipation of a few good nights of reading whenever you see the next one. Although seemingly set up with all the regular conventions of the mystery genre, the author goes beyond with a unique hero, a bevy of curious characters, interesting locales and a solid mystery to boot. I was right there with Russell, every step of the way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By phillip on December 28, 2003
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Every so often I like to try a new mystery author, gay or otherwise - to see what I might be missing from my usuals - JM Wilson, Lev Raphael, Kellerman...and with Bidulka I was not disappointed. I just hope that the promised sequel to this first Russell Quant mystery follows up on the promise I see in this writer, his story and his characters. I was a little wary of the story taking place in Saskatchewan, in a city I'd never really heard of - but in the end, that was just one of the things that made this book so appealing and engaging - I felt as if I was discovering a new country.
This book went down like a nice glass of lemonade on a hot day (with a bit of vodka in it as a surprise). I was expecting a gorgeous hero, the sexual innuendos, the drag queen, the fag hag etc etc etc which - not to deride those things which I do enjoy - I was glad to find little of - instead Amuse Bouche is a nice change from all that. Every so often when I least expected it Bidulka interjected in his witty and smooth writing little gems - turns of phrase or descriptions that I fell in love with. Pay attention when Russell is in a little French village and is describing the characters he sees.
I feel as if more is going to happen in this series than just solving mysteries - I feel as if I'm going to want to know more and more about Sereena and the priest and Jared, the model at the end of his career.
I can only hope and await to hear what next Russell is up to in Saskatoon - wherever that is.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CaliforniaRod on May 3, 2005
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Mr. Bidulka has another fan in California. I love mystery novels and this is the beginning of a really terrific series. Russell Quant and his family and friends are such believable and interesting people the reader feels like he/she is being told a true story...maybe it is, I don't know.

Every time I thought I knew where the author was going, he took a slightly different turn that kept me turning the pages.

I immediately bought the second in the series and it is even better and now I see a third is on its way this fall. I know what I'm taking on holiday this winter...and what gift will end up in many Xmas stockings.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roger on May 9, 2005
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Amuse Bouche is aptly titled - amuse me it did.

And much more - the mystery certainly kept my interest, but what really kept the pages turning were the story's affable and engaging hero, Russell Quant and the people and places that surround him.

This is fine story telling by a fine new writer. I look forward to more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jasper on April 2, 2006
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Amuse Bouche is about Russell Quant, a young gay man celebrating his first year as a private detective with a bottle of passable champagne he retrieves from the mini fridge that holds up one end of his office desk. He is reminiscing about his less than exciting cases in the first twelve months when along comes the case of a lifetime - murder, deceit, international travel, and a client who may be the bad guy. What follows is an absolutely alluring and amusing romp of a mystery that anyone will enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mason on December 28, 2003
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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 something I did not get. But happy to get it. The story was inventive; a nice wry turn on regular mystery; the gay aspects were plentiful and satisfying, at times a subtle, gentle revelation - as if Bidulka was succeeding without really trying to educate his audience about what it can be like to be a regular Joe gay man in Canada. And boy did I laugh. Sometimes right out loud at Russell's little quips. And sometimes I was amazed at these unexpected literary paragraphs that somehow snuck into this little mystery genre story that blew me away. I like this new writer. He's a raw talent that I think will get better and better as his writing matures. Keep em coming.
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More About the Author

I am the author of the long-running Russell Quant mystery series and the new thriller series featuring Disaster Recovery Agent Adam Saint.

I was raised on a farm near the small town of Prud'homme, Saskatchewan. I attended the University of Saskatchewan (UofS), and received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (with distinction), a Bachelor of Education (BEd) and a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) (with distinction)

I was hired by the international audit and accounting firm of Ernst & Young, then wrote and passed the grueling four-day Uniform Final Exam (UFE). I qualified for the Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1993.

After a decade-long career, I left accounting to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a writer.

In 2003, Insomniac Press, Toronto, ON, published my first book, Amuse Bouche: A Russell Quant Mystery. With the very first book, the series became an instant success with book reviewers and readers, provincially, nationally, and internationally:

"Bidulka's Amuse Bouche is an effervescent first novel that is much like the tasty French hors d'oeuvres from which it takes its name...It's an amusing, entertaining, and sometimes titillating story with a lively supporting cast of characters...What really stands out here is the subtle way that Bidulka comments on the ordinary lives in Russell's world. Bidulka touches on a variety of serious issues...while neatly weaving these strands into an engaging mystery." - Quill & Quire (Toronto)

Sold in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia, the mystery series tells the story of a world-travelling, wine-swilling, wise-cracking, Saskatchewan, gay, ex-farm boy, ex-cop, half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, prairie private eye, living a big life in a small city--Saskatoon.

The Russell Quant series is now a multi-award nominee including for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award, Re-Lit Award, and Saskatchewan Book Award. The second book in the series, Flight of Aquavit, was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men's Mystery, making me the first Canadian to win in that category. The American Library Association GLBT Round Table listed two of the Russell Quant books to its inaugural list of Best Reads in the mystery category (out of only nine titles).

An avid world traveller, I have also toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States for speaking engagements and book tours. A great believer in community involvement, I have sat on boards and committees of Persephone Theatre, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, AIDS Saskatoon, The Saskatchewan Writer's Guild, The Saskatchewan Writer's Guild Foundation, Crime Writers of Canada, the International Association of Crime Writers, and I am a co-founder of Camp fYrefly-Saskatchewan (a life skills camp for LGBT youth).

One of my favourite sayings is "Life is short, but it can be wide". Proof of the same can be found at my website at: www.anthonybidulka.com.



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