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Stain of the Berry: A Russell Quant Mystery (Russell Quant Mysteries) Paperback – April 1, 2007
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"Bidulka is at his finest in his depictions of ordinary life..." --Lambda Book Report (New York)
"...a mainstream mystery with an engaging protagonist and an exceptionally well drawn cast of characters that intrigue and captivate the reader." --Spinetingler Magazine
"Quant...makes for a riveting hero...the kind of friend you want to have--unless you're a killer." --Mystery Scene Magazine (New York)
"Bidulka is clear evidence that writing in the mystery genre does not automatically preclude character development or emotional connection with the reader." --Wayves (Halifax)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
This, to me, is a much more personal Russell Quant story. He doesn't do as much world travel as in the other novels, but he does finally find the answers to several mysteries that have tantalized us since the very first novel. The ending is bittersweet and I look forward to seeing how Russell and his friends handle what life has handed to them in this story.
I renounced some of my sleep time to finish this book, and I would like to do it justice, but there are a couple of considerations warring in my head.
I like dark. I like stories when a story, a setting, a character that should be light and sunny brush with the dark. I got this in the story. The mystery plot is about the consequences of thoughtless acts that seem innocuous, something small and innocent that becomes huge and scary. I think that Russell's investigation was more focused than it was in the previous book, it seemed he was more concerned, even if Sereena's disappearance was always in the back of his mind.
My problem is that the story about Sereena - who has always been a larger than life character - has become incredibly big. So big big big that I found myself fighting with my suspension of disbelief. The single parts of the story were believable, but when put together I couldn't help thinking "No. Way."
All Russell's circle of friends and acquaintances was still charming and interesting to read. Their stories are a thread that makes you want to keep reading just to know what happens to them. I wish Russell found someone for him, and there's something promising in this book, I hope. Russell is less carefree than in the previous books, I think he's beginning to face his inner needs.
This series is easy to read and entertaining, but there are slices of evil creeping through. Looking forward to the next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since there are excellent reviews of the story and the characters there is no need to rehash what has already been said. Mr. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Zinc
Let me start by saying that I am a great fan of Mr. Bidulka's previous books. He presented the reader with really interesting main characters and sub characters too. Read morePublished on July 31, 2007 by Chris Hawke