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Stain of the Berry (A Russell Quant Mystery #4)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  225 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Everyone has their Boogeyman. But who-or what-is scaring Saskatoon locals to death? Private detective Russell Quant is roused from 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 ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published January 22nd 2010 by Insomniac Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Feb 10, 2014 Rosa rated it liked it
Shelves: books, read-in-2014
I liked this one a lot. Many things has happened in Russell's life since he returned from the infamous Mediterranean cruise... and I love how the character grows in this book... nothing is going to be the same anymore and we face how life could change from one moment to another.
I've grown fond of Bidulka's writing so I'm starting the next one right now.
Richard Derus
Jan 03, 2012 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5* of five

This is by way of being the fourth Russell Quant mystery...and this time set in gay metropolitan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada almost exclusively! W00T!

The most interesting thread from the previous Russell Quant book, "Tapas on the Ramblas", comes in for its full-bore resolution here. Like Russell, I really really wanted to know what was what with Sereena Orion Smith by the end of that book.

Be careful what you wish for. You'd think we'd have all learned that by the time we'
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
3.5 stars.


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
I won a copy of "Stain of the Berry" by Anthony Bidulka, through the Goodreads Giveaaway Contest.

"The Boogeyman is gonna get you!"

Russell Quant receives a early morning phone call from a frantic woman"He coming to get me...I don't know why...but I can't take it anymore."

A few years ago, Russell had left his job as a police constable to go and live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and working as a private detective. Curently business was slow in the summer months but by the fall everybody is back at w
Sep 26, 2007 Philip rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, lgbt-related
Ok, so I was a fan of Russell Quant from the get-go. He doesn't take himself too seriously (unlike the hard boiled detectives or noir), and he's methodical about what he's doing (as opposed to nosing around digging for information a la Marple). But what I found to be frustrating is that the mystery in Stain of the Berry was flimsy at best. Characters we never meet die, under circumstances that would appear mysterious only to the most novice of mystery readers, and we're supposed to care. Truth ...more
Fourth book in the Russell Quant Mystery series. Creepier and darker than the first three. The main story deals with people from a choir being harassed and ultimately killed by a mystery boogeyman. Russell follows the clues as the killer becomes more and more bold and dangerous. That plot is interesting and Russell shines throughout resolution. It's also creepy, dark and doesn't end all in roses and joy.

The secondary plot wraps up the whole Seerena's disappearance. It's a little boring and pred
Brian Collyer
Dec 28, 2013 Brian Collyer rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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Mar 01, 2008 Scot rated it liked it
Fourth in the series. This private detective lives in Saskatchewan, has a comp[elling wry sense of humor, and is gay. I like his dogs and some of the distinctly Canadian perspectives and Canadian prairie life details. This installment was a bit uneven but the mystery component got better at the end, and the blend includes elements of jet setting with the filthy rich as well as a variant of a teen age slasher movie psychopathic there's something for everyone, I guess, or at least ...more
Sep 03, 2010 Grey853 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, gay
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Feb 24, 2013 Scotchneat rated it liked it
Shelves: canadia, mystery

Russell Quant is a detective in Saskatoon who's kinda short on cases and missing an old exotic friend named Serena.

Then a series of deaths links an LGBT choir to an unknown killer who becomes their boogeyman and Russell has to figure out who it is.

I like how Bidulka builds in the traditional thriller storylines with smalltown Canada (Saskatchewan and the Arctic) and strong gay characters. Not great, but pretty good.
Jul 15, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, canada, pi
Russell Quant tackles a puzzling case that starts out with the apparent suicide of a fragile girl but on closer examination reveals that even on the idyllic plains of Canada in the midsummer more than waves of golden grain are spreading out and causing people to sit up and take notice and shiver on the warmest of July days.
Aug 03, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Man, I love these books! It's about time someone wrote about a gay private eye who lives in Saskatoon - seriously! I adore Russell's cheeky monkey inner monologue, his thirst for the truth and his prairie-boy views of life, love, the world and murder.
I need to meet Anthony Bidulka for a big-ole hug.
Sep 19, 2007 Larry rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Best of the series so far. Love the fact that we revisted some former charecters and tied up some loose ends and made some new ones. The twist at the end was totally a surprise and left me really wanting another Quaint novel.NOW
Jan 22, 2015 Shawn rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay, fiction-crime
Perhaps I'd have liked it better if I'd read the earlier books. The Saskatoon location is interesting, as are some of the characters, but the mystery is very slight and I suspect that the Sereena plot line seems purely ridiculous to most of the (like me) uninitiated.
Nov 29, 2013 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super Read! Probably the best of the series so far. I found the ending a bit vague - obviously leading to the next book in the series, but that's actually OK!
Dec 04, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
After a few pages, I thought I was going to find the protagonist's voice annoying. But I got over it.
Nada Loughead
Oct 04, 2014 Nada Loughead rated it it was amazing
Love Bidulka's writing style - the 4th in the Russell Quant mysteries. Quick read - perfect!
Oct 27, 2013 Drianne rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, mystery
Again, the actual mystery was weak. Glad to see some resolution to the ongoing mysteries (Sereena).
Tammi Grenda
Mar 26, 2015 Tammi Grenda rated it really liked it
If you like this series you won't be disappointed. The Russell Quant books are an easy read and always enjoyable.
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In 1999 Anthony Bidulka, BA, BEd, BComm, CPA left a decade long professional accounting career to pursue writing and never looked back.

In 2003, Quill & Quire described Bidulka’s first book, Amuse Bouche: A Russell Quant Mystery, 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
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A Russell Quant Mystery (8 books)
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