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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 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.
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.
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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