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Janet recommended this author to me and now I'm passing it along. I've virtually inhaled all the books in this series over the past week or so (starting with Flight of the Aquevit and Amuse Bouche). There are something like eight or nine books in the series so far with, I very much hope, a good deal more coming in the future.

Russell is a gay private detective who lives in Saskatoon, but whose cases take him all over the world, from the Arctic to New York City, from France and Spain to Africa. He has a wonderful collection of friends, interesting cases, and ... well, you need to get to know them. Bidulka writes with an easy reading style that flows well, is amusing as well as moving, and he does pretty well with suspence. Mostly, it's just a lot of fun to be in Russell's world: he's a really nice guy, a detective who goes the distance to do the right thing and a man who loves his mother and his friends (including his two dogs), and who does his best for all of them.

Go, read the books! I'm sure you'll enjoy them every bit as much as I do.


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Jun. 26th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
They look good, but ouch $9.99 for the ebook version?
Jun. 26th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! My library has them!
Jun. 26th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
That's half of what I pay for e books for more established writers, so I thought it more than fair. But ... alas, while I like to buy books, to support the writers, so they'll keep writing, I need to start going to the library too. I've found out that Kindle doesn't allow access to library books because Amazon refused to sign a contract to do so with Canadian libraries. Guess I'll be buying a Kobo or whatever it's called from Chapters.
Jun. 26th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
I just got three from the library so I'll try them.

I have a Kobo, but with Calibre I can put Kindle books on it, so I imagine you could do that in reverse? Library books download to Adobe Digital Editions; from there you put them onto Calibre and it converts them to a format your ereader likes.

Very handy!
Jun. 26th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Good suggestion, Jane, thanks. Unfortunately, I'm a total writeoff when it comes to fiddling around with technology and have, literally, no clue. It's a phobia of sorts. Makes me anxious to even think about trying to figure out Calibre, where to find it, how to install it, how to download to Adobe whatever, how to link ... getting slightly breathless just writing this. Think I'll just buy a Kobo and use one machine for library books and one for those I buy from Amazon. Yeah, I know. Total coward.
Jun. 26th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
You'll still have to d/l Adobe to read the library books on your Kobo; that's the interface they use. It's really easy; I showed my 71 year old mum how to use Adobe and Calibre when she was over last and she's loving it.

If you want to give it a try, happy to help!

Calibre is free and makes everything masses simpler. I'd be lost without it. It allows you to list all your ebooks in one place to import to your reader, and sort them with a single click by author/title/tags you've given them (mystery, romance, unread etc). Otherwise you end up with them in your Kindle folder, your Kobo folder, your Adobe folder and you can't keep track and buy duplicates :-)

Calibre is here:


Adobe is here:

Jun. 26th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
I have Adobe, thanks. I use it on the computer. Once I buy the Kobo, I'll try Calibre. Appreciate the offer of help. I'll probably need to take you up on it. LOL, I'm not all that much younger than your mother and she may be much more adept at technology than I. I haven't even managed to load stories to AO3 on my own -- how pathetic is that? I really need to get past this stupid panic reaction every time I contemplate anything that requires any kind of coding or use of new software.
Jun. 26th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)

Thanks for passing on the rec - I'll look out for them.

Jul. 3rd, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased your enjoying Anthony Bidulka's book. I don't read as fast as you I am only on book three 'Tapas on the Ramblas' Some of his writing has me laughing out loud. He is so good. Hope he is writing his next one right now..
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