Book Review – Amuse Bouche (Russell Quant Series, Book #1) by Anthony Bidulka

Genre: Contemporary Gay Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Insomniac Press (April 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1894663918
ISBN-13: 978-1894663915

About the book:

“A gay wedding gone bad. A missing groom. An unsullied reputation at risk. Enter Russell Quant, cute, gay and rookie private detective.”

MY REVIEW:

With Amuse Bouche, Anthony Bidulka really started out his Russell Quant detective series with a bang!

Russell Quant, newly minted private detective, is just happy to be hired for another simple job where it seems only his discretion is required – when he is asked to investigate a run-away groom’s case. Harold Chavell, a well-respected businessman, hires him to find out what happened to his fiance Tom Osborne who disappeared to France on the day of their wedding, and has apparently decided to embark on his honeymoon by himself. All straightforward and simple…

Fortunately for us (And Russell), the case turns out to be more complicated than Russell figures it would be, and he ends up on a trans-continental chase after a man who might as well be a shadow. And when it comes out that the missing person’s case might be a murder case, things come to a head when Russell’s client Chavell is arrested as the main suspect. Russell does not know if his client is innocent, but it is up to him to find out the truth.

What I really loved about this first book in the Russell Quant Series was how matter-of-fact the presence of the gay characters are. It’s a true blue detective series where the investigator just happens to be gay, and in this case, the clients are too. I’m not sure if this will be the trend in future books in the series, but for now, I can appreciate how not-big-a-deal it is in the book. I also really like how erotica plays NO PART in the novel! We all need a break from all that every once in a while in this genre.

The writing is crisp and smart throughout the book, and Anthony Bidulka even pulls a couple of surprises (although not all were). Russell Quant is a sweet and witty character, who goes about his job without much drama. I really enjoyed the little glimpses into his private life and close group of friends. I’m guessing that we’ll be meeting more of them in future books in the series. All I can say is, this one is a very fine read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy a nice satisfying (gay) detective mystery. It was also great to meet a new place I’ve never been to – Saskatoon sounds like a great place to visit 🙂

Other reviews of Amuse Bouche (Russell Quant Series, Book #1) are found at Good Reads.

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~ by RandomizeME on February 13, 2010.

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