Amuse Bouche (Russell Quant Mysteries) by Anthony Bidulka

By Anthony Bidulka

New version of Canadian favorite Russell Quant's first case. A homosexual marriage ceremony long gone undesirable. A lacking groom. An unsullied recognition in danger. input Russell Quant —cute, homosexual, and a rookie inner most detective. With a nostril for sturdy wine and undesirable lies, Quant is off to France on his first large case. From the smudgy streets of Paris, he cajoles and sleuths his option to the pastel-colored prom of Sanary-sur-Mer. again in Saskatoon, Quant comes face-to-face with a shopper who could be the undesirable man, a quarry who turns up within the so much unforeseen position, and a forged of colorful suspects: the vile sister, the simplest buddy, the colleague, the ex-lover, the legal professional, the priest, the snoopy neighbour —are they concerned? Or is another person lurking within the shadows? As he works via his case, Quant juggles his detective gig with the tasks of a private lifestyles choked with beautiful personalities. Taking a cue from the fashion and humor of Robert B. Parker, and evoking Armistead Maupin along with his wit and heat, Anthony Bidulka's Amuse Bouche is a wealthy, saucy, and interesting learn.

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No wine cellar, no humidor, no Persian rugs or 36 Anthony Bidulka pantry full of foie gras. How could he possibly survive? The apartment did not appear to have been abandoned or left in a hurry. It did not look like a place from where someone had been abducted. Chavell was probably right. The last time Tom Osborn left his apartment, it had been on his own terms. I checked the closets. No suitcases. Very few clothes. And what there was looked like work clothes: suits, shirts, ties, shiny dress shoes.

Drawers and nooks and crannies that are often home to secrets, revealed none. I felt under furniture, checked behind pictures and in the refrigerator, rifled through books, sock drawers and stacks of papers, but came up empty. I had learned from Chavell that Tom was a partner in QW Technologies, a high technology firm he co-founded with a college buddy. Except for a few technical manuals with chapters full of gobbledygook it appeared he kept his work at work. Not even a computer. Odd. Most computer geeks like to keep a computer nearby at all times.

And now, she is simply relieved to have survived, maybe a little disappointed things turned out the way they did, but content to live a quieter life. She never boasts of her travels or experi49 Amuse Bouohe ences or the famous people she once knew and is never impressed by anything or anyone—like someone who has seen and done it all and knows it ain't so great. Many people consider her abrasive and gruff. And maybe she is. But the thing I like about Sereena is that what you see is what you get.

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