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Flight of Aquavit: A Russell Quant Mystery (Russell Quant Mysteries) Paperback – November 14, 2008
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--Globe & Mail (Toronto)
"Bidulka manages to spin a compelling detective story with colourful characters, hilarious situations, and touching relationships."
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Russell Quant is a wonderful character who over a scant two books in this series thus far (hopefully the beginning of many more)manages to reach out and touch the reader with his humanness, his wit, candour, smart aleck remarks, those fabulous wonderpants and not least of all the people with whom he surrounds himself.
And, in the same scant two books, Bidulka has grown as an author. No lazy writer here. Where others might use a tried and true phraseology or genre standbys, he often tries for something new and different and almost always succeeds. At times I forgot I was reading a mystery novel and, written in the first person as the RQ novels are, I was immersed in a most entertaining autobiography. He never resists an good opportunity to talk about his locales, the smells, what someone was wearing and, most beguiling, what they were drinking and eating. A full, well-rounded and tasty life is set out before the reader. Go ahead and take a bite.
Russell Quant is a human, real character who is a regular guy and just happens to be a PI and gay and lives on the Canadian prairie. What's curious is that what makes him "regular" also makes him a very interesting and compelling character. Sure the mystery and friends and family who surround him are wonderful...and try awful hard to overshadow Mr. Quant, but in the end, you really just want to know how Russell fares through it all.
Bring it on, Mr. Bidulka. We are ready for MORE. (And thanks for the wonderful weekend of reading ...and the red apple martini recipe)
This story isn't LA hot, NYC chic, Boston tough or anything other than Canadian, right down to Quant's Ukrainian mother, aboriginal restaurant owner friend, the wild winter weather, the quirky senses of humour, etc etc.
With Bidulka's Russell Quant series, you will find a twisting and turning mystery, interesting characters who grow with every page, some romance, some comedy, some pause to think and some pretty darn good, easy to read writing from a new writer in Canada. This isn't hard, or edgy or dark or brooding - which I like too - but rather a lot of fun.
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I read book one of the Russell Quant mystery series in about 24 hours. As soon as I finished it I bought this book, number two in the series. Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Marketing Professor in Connecticut
Loved the trip to my home town, New York City. Very well done. With each novel we learn more about the characters who show up again and again.Published on January 19, 2014 by mystro965
I liked this book very much, because it's a light book with a touch of melancholy. There is no romance in which the main character, Russell Quant, is involved, but like in the... Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Emanuela PlasticDuck
With FLIGHT OF AQUAVIT, Anthony Bidulka has done it again. From the eyes and heart of a lovable man, we rejoice in a world of intense cold winter with warm fireside friends and a... Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by Theresa de Valence
It's the title that intrigued me and got me to look at this book, which I purchased in Kindle format. I found out that Anthony Bidulka can definitely write. Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by Todd V. Leone
This is the second of the Russelll Quant detective series. I have enjoyed each book and the stories get more interesting with each new book. Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by James MHA
Who tried to ambush Detective Russel Quant in a desolate dead end of a country road, intimating him to drop a case when he hadn't got one-yet? Read morePublished on January 24, 2009 by Ventura Angelo
This was the first of the Russell Quant mysteriea I read, and it was while I was on a Mediterranean cruise. I really got into the main character and all the rest of his friends. Read morePublished on October 2, 2007 by Lloyd G. Kay
This book was one of the best reading experiences I've had in a long while, bar none! Anthony Bidulka has quickly become one of my top 5 authors and once you've read "Flight of... Read morePublished on November 26, 2006 by krtsphd