By Anthony Bidulka
Re-creation of Canadian favorite Russell Quant's first case. A homosexual marriage ceremony long gone undesirable. A lacking groom. An unsullied acceptance in danger. input Russell Quant —cute, homosexual, and a rookie deepest detective. With a nostril for reliable wine and undesirable lies, Quant is off to France on his first titanic case. From the smudgy streets of Paris, he cajoles and sleuths his method to the pastel-colored prom of Sanary-sur-Mer. again in Saskatoon, Quant comes face-to-face with a consumer who could be the undesirable man, a quarry who turns up within the such a lot unforeseen position, and a solid of colorful suspects: the vile sister, the easiest buddy, the colleague, the ex-lover, the attorney, the priest, the snoopy neighbour —are they concerned? Or is another individual lurking within the shadows? As he works via his case, Quant juggles his detective gig with the tasks of a private existence choked with pleasing 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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I didn't mind. When I had to, I could nap on my feet. When it was my turn at the phone I spoke with someone I understood to be Solonge Fontaine's assistant. I might have gotten that wrong as my French was a little rusty. (At Uncle Lawrence's suggestion, I had taken French immersion classes several years before. ) The assistant told me "Madame" was expecting me and could receive me mid-afternoon at her apartment. I wrote down directions and hung up. I had a few hours to kill. A lovely young woman behind the Sixt car rental counter presented me with the keys to the C180 Mercedes Chavell had arranged for me.
The apartment was dark. I couldn't think of a reason not to switch on the lights, so I felt around the wall next to the door and flipped up 35 Amuse Bouohe the first protuberance I touched. I was in a short hallway. To my left a closet door. To my right an alcove shelf covered with a collection of stuff: paper chits, a bowl full of change, a pair of weight-lifting gloves and a portable CD player. Further down was the entryway to the rest of the apartment. Throwing on lights as if I lived there, I walked first into a smallish dining room, which gave way to an odd, triangular-shaped kitchen.
Later, as I headed into the bowels of Paris, I was grateful for the proliferation of signs telling me in no uncertain terms where to go. Signage was not the problem—it was the millions of cars and trucks and vans and motorized scooters whizzing by me like a movie on fast-forward. I've always thought there should be a tourist's lane, but no one pays attention to my ideas. The last time I was in Paris I drove around the Arc de Triomphe traffic circle several times, each time helplessly watching my exit sign speed by before I found the reckless courage to go for it.