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Aloha Candy Hearts

(A Russell Quant Mystery #6)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  18 reviews

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

Paperback, 244 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Insomniac Press (first published 2009)
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Richard Derus
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.4* of five

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
A.J. Llewellyn
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
I liked a lot of things about this book, but will say from the outset I initially picked it up because I thought it was set in Hawaii. It is, but only just a little.
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
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
loved this Russell Quant book. I swear that I would marry Anthony if he wasnt all ready married and to such a nice guy. Of course he would have to be into older men too. I love this series and not just the main charecter,I care about all of them and am really in love with Serena. Thanks for the good books.
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Saskatoon treasure hunt made the story for me.
Carol Balawyder
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Russell Quant mystery I read. I skipped along from the first (Amuse Bouche) to the sixth in the Russell Quant Mystery series because of the title. I am planning a trip to Hawaii, and knowing from his first novel that Anthony Bidulka does compelling settings, I was curious what he had to say about Hawaii.
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
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read! This is a really enjoyable book with a decent mystery with a surprise resolution that should have been seen, given all the clues (if the reader wasn't blinded or distracted by other things as was Russell), a quite satisfactory ending to the mystery with justice done and enough laughs to almost make me fall out of my recliner! The big wedding scene was absolutely hilarious and has to rank well up with any such scenes in any murder mystery! Now as to the ending to all of Russell's love ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I liked this much more than the previous installment. Even if the setting wasn't as exotic as in the previous books - the story begins in Hawaii, but it revolves around and takes place in Saskatoon - this book had more heart and feeling, in my opinion. At the end of the previous book, Russell revealed that his heart was divided and in the past two years he hasn't been able to deal with it. Russell is both afraid of not being capable of love and at the same time he is afraid of pursuing that tiny ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books, read-in-2014
I have mixed feelings about this one, I liked it enough but... there are things that I didn't like at all...

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
Anthony Bidulka's #6 novel in his Russell Quant mystery series. Not much Hawaii in it, just the first half of chapter one, where Russell get a marriage proposal from his long distance boyfriend, Alex. It's a bit of an awkward situation since Russell has a big, big crush on Ethan from the last book, which we meet again in this one. The plot is set around a treasure hunt around Saskatoon historical landmarks, the mystery is predictable, right down to the lost of Russell most treasure possession. I ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
A good read. It comes about midway through the Russell Quant series. In a way I knew how certain parts of it (especially relationships) will end up later on. These are good characters and i liked that most of it was set in Saskatoon. I liked the mystery. I didn't guess the killer at all. The motive was pretty unexpected too.
Daniel Beliveau
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this out of order, and although it was good, I think I would have rated it higher if I had read it in the order it was intended. I really like the characters, and knowing things before they happen just made this a read, rather than what I expect it would have been if it had been read in order.
Nada Loughead
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The 6th book in the Russell Quant series. Like how Bidulka develops the characters and relationships in this series. Apart from the first and last chapter of the book, not much takes place in Hawaii - a little misleading title and cover.
Sreevisakh Varmayil
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paused
The hero is gay ! The book was interesting with lots of happenings as u read on, but the hero is a gay !
I left it half read !!
Angel Pedroza
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a great fan of this author and his main character.
Lil' Grogan
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 4, romance, crack, lgbt
Loved the Saskatoon scavenger hunt with a showcase on history. Still enjoying the friends and family of Russell, especially Errall's journey.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
fun mystery series
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, pi, hawaii, lgbt
I rally enjoy the excellent conversational style of this series and Bidulka's sharply witty use of descriptive phrases.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, mystery
Very 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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