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Fiction Crime

Going to Beautiful

by (author) Anthony Bidulka

Stonehouse Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2022
Crime, Transgender, Culinary
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Winner of 2023 IPPY Award, and CWC Best Crime Novel 2023 –International chef Jake Hardy has it all. Celebrity, thriving career, plenty of friends, a happy family and faithful dog. Until one day when a tragic accident tears it all apart. Struggling to recover, Hardy finds himself in a strange new world—a snow-swept prairie town that time forgot—a place where nothing makes sense. Cold is beautiful. Simple is complex. And doubts begin to surface about whether Jake’s tragedy was truly an accident after all. As the sun sets in the Land of Living Skies, Hardy and his glamourous, seventy-eight-year-old transgender neighbour find themselves ensnared in multiple murders separated by decades. In Bidulka’s “love letter to life on the prairies” he delivers a story of grief and loss that manages to burst with joy, tenderness and hope. Redolent of his earlier works, Going to Beautiful brings us unexpected, under-represented characters in settings that immediately feel familiar and beloved. Beautiful—a place where what you need may not be what you were looking for.

About the author

In 1999 Anthony Bidulka left his career as a corporate auditor to pursue writing and never looked back. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards. Flight of Aquavit was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men's Mystery, making Bidulka the first Canadian to win in that category. 2022's Going to Beautiful won the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for Best Crime Novel and the Independent Publisher Book Award as the Canada West Best Fiction Gold Medalist.

For his literary achievements and widespread volunteer and philanthropic efforts, Bidulka has received honours from the University of Saskatchewan, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, was named Saskatoon Citizen of the Year and recognized by his home city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with the selection of a two-part park named Bidulka Park and Bidulka Park North. Bidulka lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and in his free time loves to travel the world, collect art, walk his dogs, obsess over decorating Christmas trees (it's a thing) and throw a good party. Website: (

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  • Winner, Independent Publishers Book Award

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