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
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.
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
Tapas on the Ramblas
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
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.
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?
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
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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