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Anthony Bidulka

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Oct. 14, 2003
One of Anthony Bidulka’s favourite sayings is: “Life may be short, but it can be wide.” In 1999 Anthony Bidulka, BA, BEd, BComm, CA left a decade long career as a Chartered Accountant to pursue writing. In 2003 Quill & Quire described Amuse Bouche as “…an effervescent first novel that is much like the tasty French hors d’oeuvres from which it takes its name”, earning Bidulka a nomination for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. Bidulka’s follow up novel, Flight of Aquavit was awarded the 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Best Men’s Mystery. The third installment in the series, Tapas on the Ramblas was a Saskatchewan Book Award finalist for Fiction. Stain of the Berry is the fourth book in the series. With sharp writing, descriptive flair and wry humour, Bidulka’s Russell Quant mystery series tells the story of a gay, novice private detective living a big life in a small, Canadian, prairie city. An avid traveller, party-giver, and sun worshipper, Anthony lives in Saskatoon where he is at work on his next novel.
Russell Quant Mystery Series
  1. Amuse Bouche (2003)
    "This entertaining, witty tale introduces a most engaging, sleuth in Russell Quant ... Anthony Bidulka is a welcome new voice in mystery fiction."  -- Katherine V. Forrest, from the book cover.

  2. Flight of Aquavit (2004) -- Winner 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery)
    Detective Russell Quant is faced with personal threats he can't ignore, a friend who may be a foe and a cagey client with a treacherous monkey on his back.

  3. Tapas on the Ramblas (2005)
    Shifting from his Prairie stomping ground to a sea undulating with murder, Quant's smarts, senses, and sea legs are challenged in the next Russell Quant mystery, Tapas on the Ramblas. In the captivating yet captive environment of a gay cruise, tensions mount and suspicions build. And Russell must balance his detective duties with safeguarding his client and protecting his own life. From the delight of tapas and sweet sangria in Spain to the bitter taste of death in Sicily, Quant connects and clashes with friends and foes in a series of unforgettable locales. Come aboard a sensual journey of sun and sea brine, caviar and champagne on a cruise replete with the luxury of murder.

  4. Stain of the Berry (2006)-- Nominated 2007 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery
    Everyone has their Boogeyman. But who—or what—is scaring Saskatoon locals to death? Private detective Russell Quant is roused from his sleep only to fall into a nightmare case when the family of a suicide victim hires him to uncover the real cause of death. But what is real and what is imaginary? Quant works to narrow his list of suspects only to find the number of victims growing. Russell is mystified as a trail of fear connects him to a vast landscape of people including an elegant potash miner, dubious trailer park denizens, reticent farm folk, the Pink Gopher choir and a gaseous psychiatrist. Compounding Quant’s bewilderment is the complete and perfect disappearance of his once very real friend—Sereena—who has become a ghost he simply can’t find. With the Boogeyman always a few paces ahead, Russell struggles to keep the hounds of failure from baying. From Saskatchewan’s summer storms to the menacing Lotus Land of Vancouver, Quant finally touches down in the Canadian Arctic where tragic hope resides.

  5. Sundowner Ubuntu (2007)
    Desperate to right old wrongs, a wealthy client hires Russell Quant to locate her son Matthew, lost to her for twenty years. But can money relieve remorse? Tracking Matthew's life from the drug culture of a pleasant prairie city's underbelly to the stunning vistas, vibrant townships, and wild safaris of Africa, Russell finds much more than he was looking for and faces a difficult question: What happens when the prodigal son resists the return?

  6. Aloha Candy Hearts: A Russell Quant Mystery (May 26, 2009 release)
    From Pacific to Prairie, a teasing treasure hunt turns into a frightening game of cat and mouse. PI Russell Quant is plunged into the vagaries of a shocking hometown murder and the blasphemous blackmail of one of the literary world's most esteemed writers.

    Russell can’t be sure whether a dead man’s surprising last gift is a treasure map or wild goose chase. With a series of clues that beckon Russell into the annals of suppressed Saskatoon history, he revisits the harsh realities of early homesteaders, investigates an infamous local sports heroine, escapes a second-run movie house, and digs for clues beneath the site of a never-forgotten scourge. As past reveals future, the hunter become the huntee.

    Attempting to keep pace with his latest mystery, Russell balances his professional life with the demands of a wedding, a memorial, and at least one home-cooked meal at Mom’s. With the Hawaiian sand barely shook free from his hair, Russell is confronted, professionally and personally, with the harsh consequences of indecision. Saying hello and good-bye is never easy. 

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