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Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Amuse Bouche by Anthony Bidulka

8. - 189.) Amuse Bouche by Anthony Bidulka – Saskatoon private detective, Russell Quant, is called by a wealthy businessman to search for his fiancee who jilted him and failed to attend their wedding. The twist in the tale is that the couple were gay and Russell is gay. There is an unsuccessful search through France and then the fiancee turns up dead in Saskatchewan. Russell pursues threads of the investigation through Saskatoon’s gay and lesbian world and the high tech world of Innovation Place. The solution is too cute and obscure for me. The dialogue at times is artificial. Bidulka is at his best in describing gay relationships. His portrayal of Saskatoon is flawless. The light hearted tone works well and reminds me of Archie McNally, the Palm Beach detective created by Lawrence Sanders. Overall it is satisfying first novel. Bidulka is Saskatchewan’s second best mystery writer. Gail Bowen remains the best. Paperback by choice. (Feb. 3/ 04) (Most interesting of 2004 – fiction and non-fiction)

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