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For the Birds (Tall Pines Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Paul Lazar
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Book Description

What happens when a parakeet named Ruby gets an unexpected mind-meld with Marcella Hollister's quarrelsome mother, Thelma? After Thelma is kidnapped from her hospital bed, Marcella must find her -- somewhere in the tall pines of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. With the help of her Native American husband Quinn and bizarre "tips" from Ruby, Marcella butts heads with quirky bird psychic Earl Tiramisu, much to the chagrin of the FBI, who wants her to stay out of the investigation.

Why is Tiramisu asking questions about Thelma's past and the money she's been spending? The FBI agents hint that it may be related to an unsolved fifty-year-old bank heist, but Marcella can't believe her annoying, but honest-to-a-fault mother could be involved.

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 talents provide slim hope for survival.

"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

Product Details

  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (October 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W629E2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific mystery! November 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
For the Birds, by Aaron Paul Lazar, is a wild ride of a paranormal mystery. The plot twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. The characters, especially Marcella and Quinn, are well-written and they have a great chemistry between them.

I have to say I am not a fan of mysteries. Nor do I care for female protagonists and first person narrative. But Lazar crafted such a great story, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in just a few days. It's that good. Really.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a clever, well-written mystery with quirky paranormal elements. A great holiday gift!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with a hilarious twist March 19, 2014
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This book goes in a completely different direction from Lazar's other mysteries in the Gus LeGarde or Sam Moore series. For one thing, it's written from a woman's point of view. Marcella and her husband Quinn are a bit zany to begin with, but then a strange and (as it turns out) hilarious event involving the prizewinning parakeet and Marcella's mother guides them through the rest of the story, which could otherwise be rather dark. This book is not for those who want every detail to be "realistic." This is for those days when you want to pretend that totally off the wall things can happen and you just want to laugh your way through the difficulties of life. All the characters are quirky and one can imagine many more stories in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birds of a feather... March 11, 2014
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For someone who does not usually like mysteries, I find myself reading more and more of Aaron Paul Lazar's stories. Why? Because he has some profound insights into what it means to be a genuine human being, and these insights can be found like gemstones everywhere in his books.
This story is a case in point: we are introduced to a wide variety of characters, many of whom are superficially less than attractive, but whom we get to know as genuine - and all of this is incorporated into a lively story of deceit, obsession and redemption. I loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another feather for Lazars cap! September 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
In the first book of the TALL PINES MYSTERIES we meet Quinn, Marcella, Thelma and Ruby. They are en route to a bird show at a swanky hotel. Right off the bat there is trouble when Marcella’s mother Thelma is injured and then kidnapped by some criminals looking for old loot from a heist. How are the Hollisters involved? Read and find out as this mystery unfolds. Family secrets are revealed as well so buckle up and enjoy the captivating read.
Like Mr. Lazars other series, GUS LEGARDE AND SAM MOORE. TALL PINES does not disappoint. I found the characters to be real and have a genuine love for each other and even though Thelma drives Marcella crazy it’s easy to see her love for her mom when she is in trouble. Ruby the parakeet is a riot and a great source of comic relief. I give this one five stars and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't see THAT coming. Or that. Or that ... June 6, 2014
Format:Audible Audio Edition
I'm a fan of Aaron Paul Lazar's Gus Legarde series. This is the first of his other books I've read. Right from the opening pages, I really appreciated the quality of his writing--narration and dialogue were spot on. Lazar gives this story the rich setting details he's famous for (well, if he isn't yet, he should be!) plus an even more engaging lead than Gus Legarde (and that's saying a lot). Marcella Hollister and her supporting cast of zanies offer loads of raw material for the series.
As for plot, Lazar delivers a kooky sequence of events with a well-developed showdown with the villains. Then the story slowed down. I was thinking with furrowed brow, Hmmm... this is a bit of an anticlimactic tail-off ... Then Lazar sucker-punched me with a twist you'd have to be really psychic to see coming, and then a final zinger to wrap things up.
This is a fun light read (listen, in my case), but it contains occasional glimpses of very poignant subtext--another signature feature of Lazar's novels that make him one of my favorite up-and-coming authors.
This is also the first time I've heard Hannah Seusy's narration. To be honest, my first reaction was that her diction lacked clarity. But within a few minutes I got into the swing of her voice and ended up being completely won over by her outstandingly natural characterization of not only Marcella but also the other characters.
Two thumbs up, all around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Mystery! June 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first of Lazar’s Tall Pines Mystery series and it is delightful. The story is written in first person through the main character, Marcella Hollister. Readers will warm to Marcella quickly. Although she is a heroine, she is no super hero. Marcella is very human with doubts and weaknesses, which makes her so appealing. When a crisis hits, Marcella is no rock of strength. She cries, sweats, gets dizzy, prays, and gets sick, but soldiers on with her quest, despite all.

As the story opens, Marcella, her husband, Quinn, and her mother, Thelma, are lost on a road trip to a bird show where they plan to enter their parrot, Ruby, in a judging. Being lost in the woods is about the last normal thing to happen to the Hollister party. Shortly after their arrival at the swanky hotel, Thelma and Ruby have a freak accident that has repercussions throughout the story.

When Thelma is kidnapped from the hospital, Marcella and Quinn are bewildered. They are a simple young couple who own an antiques business. Who would kidnap Thelma and why? These and many other questions will be answered, but first, things will get crazier. Humor is a welcome addition to the puzzling and dangerous situation the Hollisters are experiencing.

The best mysteries are those where characters and readers alike cannot be sure who to trust and there are plenty of strange characters and very little trust. The plot swings and twists, seems to wrap up, and yet, there is more. Mystery buffs will be challenged to assist Marcella, Quinn and the FBI agents in sifting through clues and reaching into the past to find the truth to this mystery. It is filled with surprises and guaranteed to please.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A bird name Ruby.
This book was a great paranormal mystery. It has a bird name Ruby a kidnapping,murder and A loving family. It involves the FBI and a car accident. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging read!
'For the Birds', by Aaron Paul Lazar, is the kind of book that gently pulls you in and hooks you. I loved the depth of the characters - and in particular I really enjoyed Quinn. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars A great holiday audiobook
'For The Birds' makes a great holiday or travelling listening. While the plot has a few twists and turns, it is easy enough to follow while driving or relaxing on a trip. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing mystery
This is the second book I have read by this author. Aaron Lazar weaves an intriguing tale that captivated me from the opening pages. Read more
Published 19 months ago by torrenstp
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Birds
For the Birds is the second book I read from Aaron Lazar. It's unassuming setting of a peaceful vacation in the Adirondacks leads to an exciting story full of unexpected events... Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by Francisco L. Ziegelmuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great twists and turns-A must read!
I love reading paranormal mysteries. For the Birds, by Aaron Paul Lazar will take you on a wild ride down the mystery wonderland. Wow! Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by speak4languages
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, funny mystery

I agree with other reviewers, For the Birds by Aaron Paul Lazar is what I would call a sit-back-and-relax comfy-cozy mystery. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by The Paperback Pursuer
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than just a mystery!
In the world of literature nowadays, there is a vast array of competition, with new books arriving in stores every day. It's virtually impossible to keep up. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by Cindy Taylor
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More About the Author

Aaron Paul Lazar wasn't always a mystery writer. It wasn't until eight members of his family and friends died within five years that the urge to write became overwhelming. "When my father died, I lost it. I needed an outlet, and writing provided the kind of solace I couldn't find elsewhere."

Lazar created the Gus LeGarde mystery series, with the founding novel, DOUBLE FORTÉ (2004), a chilling winter mystery set in the Genesee Valley of upstate New York. Like Lazar's father, protagonist Gus LeGarde is a classical music professor. Gus, a grandfather, gardener, chef, and nature lover, plays Chopin etudes to feed his soul and thinks of himself as a "Renaissance man caught in the 21st century." This book has since be rereleased in 2012 as an "author's preferred edition," via Twilight Times Books.

The creation of the series lent Lazar the comfort he sought, yet in the process, a new passion was unleashed. Obsessed with his parallel universe, he now lives, breathes, and dreams about his characters, and has written ten LeGarde mysteries in eight years. (UPSTAGED - 2005; TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON - 2007 Twilight Times Books; MAZURKA - 2009 Twilight Times Books, FIRESONG - 2011, DON'T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU - 2013, VIRTUOSO - 2014, with more to come.) The author has just completed his twenty-first novel.

One day while rototilling his gardens, Lazar unearthed a green cat's eye marble, which prompted the new paranormal mystery series featuring Sam Moore, retired country doctor and passionate gardener. The green marble, a powerful talisman, connects all three of the books in the series, whisking Sam back in time to uncover his brother's dreadful fate fifty years earlier. (HEALEY'S CAVE, 2010; TERROR COMES KNOCKING, 2011; FOR KEEPS, 2012) Lazar intends to continue both series.

Lazar's books feature breathless chase scenes, nasty villains, and taut suspense, but are also intensely human stories, replete with kids, dogs, horses, food, romance, and humor. The author calls them, "country mysteries," although reviewers have dubbed them "literary mysteries."

"It seems as though every image ever impressed upon my brain finds its way into my work. Whether it's the light dancing through stained-glass windows in a Parisian chapel, curly slate-green lichen covering a boulder at the edge of a pond in Maine, or hoarfrost dangling from a cherry tree branch in mid-winter, these images burrow into my memory cells. In time they bubble back, persistently itching, until they are poured out on the page."

In 2009, Kodak gave him up for grabs, and during the year off before he landed in his coveted new job with KB America, he had time to explore and reconnect with his environment. Little did he know that several trips to the Adirondack Mountains would reawaken his passion for that part of the country. Two new books were written in that time frame, starting yet another mystery series, Tall Pines Mysteries. The first two combooks in the series, FOR THE BIRDS - 2011 and ESSENTIALLY YOURS - 2012 have been winning literary awards. Keep an eye out for SANCTUARY (2014), and MURDER ON THE SACANDAGA (2015), coming via Twilight Times Books.

In between all the novels, Lazar found time to issue three writing guides based on his many years of writing advice blogs, entitled WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1-3. These are available in eBook and audio book.

In his twenty-first book, Lazar has jumped genre. THE SEACREST - OCT 2013 -, a love story, is poised to capture hearts across the globe.

The author lives on a ridge overlooking the Genesee Valley in upstate New York with his wife, mother-in-law, two dogs, and cat. He finds grandfathering one of the most precious and important times of life, and spends as much time as possible with Julian, Gordon, and Isabella.

Lazar maintains several websites and blogs, was the Gather Saturday Writing Essential host for three years, writes his monthly "Seedlings" columns for the Voice in the Dark literary journal and the Future Mystery Anthology Magazine. He has been published in Absolute Write as well as The Great Mystery and Suspense Magazine. See excerpts and reviews here:

Contact him at

Twilight Times Books by multi-award winning author, Aaron Lazar:

DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON (print, eBook, audio book)
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
DON'T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
VIRTUOSO (~2014)

HEALEY'S CAVE (print, eBook, audio book)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)

THE SEACREST (coming fall of 2013)


WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3 (ebooks and audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at and watch for his upcoming Twilight Times Books releases, SANCTUARY (2014), and VIRTUOSO (2014).


Double Forté
* 2012 ForeWord BOTYA, Mystery, FINALIST

Tremolo: cry of the loon -
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Grand Prize Short List
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction
* 2011 Global eBook Award Finalist in Historical Fiction Contemporary
* 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award - 2nd place Mystery
* 2008 Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books
* 2008 MYSHELF Top Ten Reads

For the Birds
* 2011 ForeWord Book Awards, FINALIST in Mystery
* 2012 Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads

Essentially Yours
* 2013 EPIC Book Awards, FINALIST in Suspense
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist

Healey's Cave
* 2012 EPIC Book Awards WINNER Best Paranormal
* 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award, WINNER Best Book in Commercial Fiction
* 2011 Finalist for Allbooks Review Editor's Choice
* 2011 Winner of Carolyn Howard Johnson's 9th Annual Noble (not Noble!) Prize for Literature
* 2011 Finalists for Global EBook Awards

Terror Comes Knocking
* 2013 Global Ebook Awards, Paranormal - Bronze

For Keeps
* 2013 Semi Finalist in Kindle Book Review Book Awards, Mystery Category


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