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Date with a Sheesha

(A Russell Quant Mystery #7)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Neil Gupta went to the Middle East looking for antique carpets. He found something equally timeless: murder. When Neil is found stabbed to death in Dubai's spice souk, his distraught father wants revenge. He hires private investigator Russell Quant to catch the killer. In his greatest case to date, Quant goes undercover to match wits with a wily museum curator, shifty souk ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Insomniac Press (first published 2010)
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Richard Derus
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4* of five

I truly do not know how I will fill the next year or so of my life, waiting for book eight in the Russell Quant, Prairie PI, series. It bodes ill that I am already casting feverishly about for possible plot lines that mend the hideous damage done to my beloved Russell in this book. I'm the sort of a boy whose brain needs chew-toys, as my younger brother said once, or it turns on the furniture and tears the place up.

I really loved Aloha, Candy Hearts, and felt that the decidedly
Made it to 3 stars because the last 100 pages were what the whole book should have been like. It took 152 pages for the story to start and not be a boring travel log. Once the plot got underway and Russell started being the smart detective he usually is and not a soporific travel guide it got better. Show don't tell. That usually works.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book opens with private investigator Russell Quant receiving a macabre invitation in the mail to witness/attend the death of one Nayan Gupta at the Saskatoon Airport. Shades of Agatha Christie! The plot progressively thickens as the author skilfully takes readers alongside a determined Quant to investigate the demise of a young South Asian gay man.

As with many of Bidulka’s previous titles in his Quant Mysteries series – the scene locales are foreign and exotic, the characters sometimes large
Noel Roach
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Thank god there is only one more Russell Quant novel to go. I seriously considered not reading the 8th but I have suffered through 7 books so far so and one of them was quite good (Flight of Aquavit #2); maybe the last one will not be so bad, but I am not going to hold my breath. I thought alternating Bidulka's novels with books in other genres would keep them fresh, but Quant is really getting on my nerves. At least the 'bad guy' is realistically unknown until the end. It felt like almost every ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read and IMHO the best in the series so far. Again I think that to really appreciate a series you should read the books in order and I think that is pretty obvious here because, for an example, despite all the backstory info provided there is no way a reader can understand the significance of Sareena without having read almost all of the previous books. I also think that the Quant stories are much better when the major part of the story is centred in an around Saskatoon and not in some fo ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
3.5 stars.

The book was a bit discontinuous. The very beginning was good, tight story line and it had me curious and eager. The central part sometimes read a bit too much like a travel guide, I didn't really have a sense of place. I was expecting more about the smells and chaos of the souk, the endless trading. I also had the impression the whole plot was a bit predictable, and when Sereena appeared instead of being thrilled, I was a bit bored. The ending was very good. A lot of action, twists, t
Daniel Beliveau
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
I read this out of order, so that may be why I didn't think it was as good as some of the others, but the ending seemed kind of quick, once you knew who did it and there seemed to be a part that was never followed up on (who what shooting at him on the ice?) I think you can guess, but maybe I just wanted to finish it, because I realized it was out of order. I love this author and his sexy PI. I'm interested in the next one becasue I want to know what happens to Russell next!
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I read this because of Caarianna's rec and quite liked it. It had a lively, energetic style, a nice mystery, and interesting characters. Sadly, the DC library only owns the one. I've been looking at interlibrary loan for others. 3 stars
Nada Loughead
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This Russell Quant trek takes us to Dubai and area. This one deals with the ups and downs of Russell's personal life. Nice to see real human struggles developed in this series.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
A quick mystery read from a Saskatchewan author. I love that it is set in Saskatoon (with travels around the world, of course), and certain things, like the "Babamobile", only a Saskatchewanite might understand.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books, read-in-2014
I loved this one!! I took a break from Russell's adventures and I'm happy I did it. I think I've enjoyed this one more after giving Russell some space... the end it's bittersweet but perfect, sadly life happens while you wait for the right momment...
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, mystery
Good mystery. No point in even complaining about the between the books character development anymore, I suppose.
Elisa Rolle
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Mark Macatee
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Russell Quant an d the people in his life. There are not nearly enough stories out there like this.
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an ending. It's not a cliffhanger but yet it feels like it might as well be. I'm dying to find out what is in store for Russell now. The next book can't come out fast enough!
Fawn Nielsen
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anthony's sophisticated writing style is like a chilled ice wine with a piece of dark chocolate. You come away completely satisfied and craving more.
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Love these books, love another truly SK murder attempt too.
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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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  • Flight of Aquavit (A Russell Quant Mystery, #2)
  • Tapas on the Ramblas (A Russell Quant Mystery, #3)
  • Stain of the Berry (A Russell Quant Mystery, #4)
  • Sundowner Ubuntu (A Russell Quant Mystery, #5)
  • Aloha Candy Hearts (A Russell Quant Mystery, #6)
  • Dos Equis (A Russell Quant Mystery, #8)