"Lady Blues is intelligent and tightly written...evocative, startling, teasing, terse, soothing and suspenseful in turns. Author Aaron Paul Lazar has a wonderfully readable style, empathetic and gentle, but also frank and realistic. The characters he creates are fully rounded, flaws and all, and it’s hard not to be drawn deep into their world with them. Good food and music are recurring motifs throughout the story and so is the Genesee valley. There is so much to admire artistically in this book, and with a catchy cover and a very high standard of presentation, it is a perfectly presented piece of fiction. Very, very highly recommended."
- Stephanie Dagg, best selling author.
In book 10 of the LeGarde Mystery series, Gus unravels twin mysteries of an abused Korean seamstress and a 1940s jazz ingénue whose pianist lover disappeared overseas on the same night Glen Miller’s plane was lost in English Channel. Gus helps an Alzheimer’s patient reclaim his identity, while dodging a drug company who will silence any witness to keep the truth of their breakthrough Alzheimer's treatment under wraps
Mystery, suspense, adventure, romance, and a few paranormal thrills propel readers through the Genesee Valley, Adirondack Mountains, Cape Cod, and even Paris, the city of lights... You'll fall in love with the characters and love to hate the villains. Come see what all the excitement is about! Check out the eBooks, paperbacks, and audio books available everywhere books are sold.
LADY BLUES - MARCH, 2014, eBook
FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book coming 2013)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book coming 2013)
THE SEACREST (2013)
DEVIL'S LAKE (coming in 2014)
Discover why this book is being compared to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Stephen King's The Body (Stand by Me, movie), and Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer.
When twelve-year-old Gus LeGarde and his two best friends, Elsbeth and Siegfried, stumble on a hermit’s cabin in the woods in the summer of 1965, they’re unprepared for Tully, the crotchety old man who sticks his head out the window and threatens to shoot them. But more surprising is Tully’s best friend, a young Indian girl spirit, Penaki, who reveals herself to the children by forming patterns with butterflies, rattling tin cups, drawing on dusty mirrors, and flipping book pages.
Tully’s past is shrouded in mystery, and Gus can’t understand why his mother hates Tully so. Gus is drawn into an intriguing mystery that reveals long-hidden truths about his grandfather, with even deeper ties to the Ambuscade and the history of the Genesee Valley region. Will Gus’s findings rewrite the most brutal chapter in the history of Livingston County?
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"Aaron Paul Lazar is at the top of his game" - D.G. Torrens
re. LeGarde Mysteries: "I hope this series goes on for years! Compelling, transcending, poetic and addictive. Please keep writing Mr. Lazar. You leave us hungry for more!" - Janie Adams, reader
“I love Aaron Lazar’s books! His style is home-spun background that continues to flow while readers are tossed into tragedy, terror and some of the best mysteries you will find!”
- Glenda Bixler, literary critic
Re. all books: "Aaron's stories that are full of humanity, love, and heartache that is both bitter and sweet always find a way to bring me to tears. When a story does this, you know that the author understands what he has written and gladly accepts the responsibility for what fate brings the characters, but also how it affects the reader. Only the best writers truly know how to do this. - Debra Curtiss, reader
"Don't Let the Wind Catch You is geared for the sophisticated child within us." Clarissa Simmens, reader
A truly beautiful coming of age story...Lazar also throws in a lesson to the reader as he takes an issue that is prevalent in today’s society and deals with it in a sensitive way through the eyes of a young boy whose innocence has not yet been tainted by the prejudices of our world today." - Cindy Taylor, allbooksreviewsint.com
"Rarely has an author given us such insight into a single character through a book series... It’s clear that Lazar has come to know and love his characters and every time he revisits them, he brings out new nuances and depths, so that returning to a Gus Lazar mystery is like meeting an old friend once again." - Magdalena Ball, CompulsiveReader.com
Re. Essentially Yours audio book:
"Lazar incorporates his love of family and nature and even pulls a little supernatural experience into the story in a smooth style that can only be accompllished by a master writer. The tone of the story varies from intense action to coffee-spewing funny to sweet and weaves back and forth between these without noticeable segues." - Maria, audiobook aficionado
re. For Keeps:
"Lazar is a gifted storyteller that he does with words what a painter does with paint...the pages are his canvas. He illustrates such vivid images with his words that we can smell his flowers, taste his vegetables, feel the sand beneath our feet and most importantly feel the love he has for his family and friends that we end up rooting for Dr. Moore on his quest for justice and saving those he holds dear. " - The Kindle Book Review
Re. Moore Mysteries: "Healey's Cave was my favorite in tugging at my heart strings, the Terror Comes Knocking for edge of your seat adventure. I don't know how many times I've said, "get up Sam, come on, you can do it!" in my head, or held my breath (horse jumping scene) while I read. He's so likeable because he's, well, more of a human hero. There are enough Alex Cross' out there, which I love, but Sam makes you feel like "real" people can be heroes too. (plus, Aaron's descriptions of the surroundings are unmatched by anything I've read, period.) - Laura Jenkins
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“I had the privilege to read the most delightful mystery, For the Birds, by Aaron Paul Lazar. If I had to categorize it, I’d call it a cozy with an unusual supernatural touch, but in all honestly, it was one of the most unique and refreshing mysteries I’ve read in a long time—with a huge surprise ending.”
Marilyn Meredith, (as F. M. Meredith) author of Angel Lost
No one could accuse Marcella Hollister's family of being normal. Her gorgeous Native American husband, Quinn, has a compulsive cleaning problem – which works for her, since she gets a pass on housework. Her mother, who insists on being called Thelma, loves picking on Quinn. And then there's Ruby. Sometimes Marcella isn't sure who Quinn loves more, his wife or his prized parakeet.
At the Adirondack National Bird Show, Thelma trips and falls into a pool with Ruby. Although both survive the ordeal, a bizarre link forms between them. When Thelma’s kidnapped from her hospital bed by a recently released felon, the FBI shows up asking questions about Thelma’s inheritance. Could it be linked to the biggest unsolved bank heist in history?
Across the rugged Adirondack park landscape, a brutal scenario evolves, where the good guys aren’t what they seem, and only Ruby’s newly acquired “Thelma-vision” provides slim hope for survival.
“...Lazar’s mystery offers an original and offbeat aspect of the genre that will hold your interest and increase your curiosity to look forward to the next book in the series.” - Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses, Random Hearts and other novels and short story collections
Set in the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks regions of New York, Essentially Yours pits an MedicuRx, a big drug company with ties to the federal government, against essential oil pioneers who have found a potential cure for leukemia in the distilled oil found a commonly found lake weed.
Marcella Hollister, an ex-opera singer who runs an antique shop in Honeoye, NY with her Native American husband, Quinn, lives across the lake from an agoraphobic but darling woman named Callie Lissoneau. Callie, victim of a heinous crime years ago, has been mourning her big brother's disappearance since he went MIA in the Gulf War eighteen years ago.
When Callie is kidnapped and her older sister is found murdered, the chase through the Adirondack Mountains begins, where Marcella, Quinn, and a psychically gifted Bernese Mountain Dog named Beau find Sky hiding in the woods, afraid for his life and guarding the secrets of the potential cancer cure. MedicuRx will lose all if this drug is made public, and they push Callie hard to find Sky’s whereabouts.
The strange foursome join together to search for Callie before MedicuRx decides she’s no longer of use. Against a virtual army linked to a rogue wing of the federal government, Marcella, Quinn, Sky, and Beau fight to escape the MedicuRx helicopters, keep the vial of precious oil safe, and bring Callie home - alive.
Tremolo: cry of the loon –
For the Birds
Terror Comes Knocking