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Private detective Russell Quant is perplexed. From the middle of the Pacific to the middle of Canada, he's missing clues and proposing answers that only beg questions. The parking lot murder of a passing acquaintance draws Quant to a poem that just might be a treasure map. But is it treasure or extortion he is trailing?
Unsure of his commitment to a case he wasn't even hire...more
Your attention please, aspiring mystery novelists: If your killer isn't introduced to the reader of your mystery by p50 of a 224+pp book, you are not playing fair with your readers.
That is the one and only reason I took a tenth of a star from this fun, breezy, sweet mystery, number six in a seven-book (to date) series. I don't know exactly how this happened, but when I looked over my records (snort--when I went and looked at the reviews page for the book!), I was startled to ...more
I loved the Hawaiian references even though the hero, Russell Quant, claims to eat at Wo Fat (closed for three years now) and the lengthy scene between hero Quant and fictional cop Kimo was creepy. Sorry, but it was. Paying homage to close pal Neil Plakcy's homicide detective from the "Mahu" series was just weird. I know the two auth ...more
I didn’t find much in the novel itself but his introduction reads like a personal diary: “Waikiki Shore with its perfect slice of Waikiki Beach and view of Friday night firewo ...more
Well Russell... let's see if I got this straight... You got engaged with your boyfriend, you had second thoughts about it the second you said yes but you let him oblivious to that feeling. You came back home and started lusting after a "married" boy you barely know... then you managed to get involved in a new case and put yourself (again) in danger despite you were suspicious things could ...more
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 ...more