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FireSong (LeGarde Mysteries Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Paul Lazar
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What would you do if your country church was hit by a rogue tornado during services? What if the shrieking winds unearthed the bones of a missing parishioner in a nearby wheat field? Now add the discovery of heroin in your elderly minister’s bloodstream. When Gus LeGarde is thrown into the middle of the mess, he knows life’s finally gone berserk in East Goodland, New York.

The Genesee Valley is in chaos. Strangers drive panel vans through the countryside at weird hours of the night. A new batch of drugs is on the street, endangering the area's teenagers. The local salt mine collapses due to illegal mining practices. Gas fires burn in wells. Watering holes turn to brine. Crops are dying. Tempers are short. To top it off, the new salt mine lies directly over ancient Indian burial grounds, bringing anguish to local tribes.

While Gus faces ordeals delivered by nature and man, his wife Camille discovers a hidden room in their house. She digs through historical archives to learn that the 1811 original homeowner, Mary Hill, may have had connections with the Underground Railroad. When local grave robbers begin to loot historic coffins, they find an empty coffin. Who killed Mary? How did she die? Where is her body? And where will this two-hundred-year-old mystery lead?

Join Gus as he’s lured into a bizarre network of underground tunnels to expose the most shocking discovery ever to rock the Genesee Valley.

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  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books (April 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VF698W
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nonstop Action! May 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When Aaron Lazar contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing his latest book, FireSong, it didn't take long for me to say yes. Having read and enjoyed his coming-of-age mystery, Tremolo: call of the loon a couple of years back, I was eager for another sampling of this author's work. I was especially eager to read FireSong because the story is set in my own back yard, in the beautiful Genesee Valley.

The story's synopsis promised an interesting mystery with colorful characters, and that's exactly what it delivered.

A professor of music at a local University, Gus LeGarde is looking forward to his summer sabbatical -- to long, lazy days spent tending his vegetable garden and spending time with his grandchildren. But when a tornado tears through the valley one quiet Sunday morning and unearths the remains of missing townsperson, Colin Springer, Gus' plans for a relaxing summer begin to unravel.

Little does Gus know that the tornado is only the first of many strange occurrences that will plague the small town of East Goodland over the next few weeks. As controversy over the reopening of the nearby salt mine heats up, the local pastor finds himself the target of a dangerous criminal's wrath. One humid summer night, the pastor's car crashes into a tree in front of Gus' house. The pastor is taken to the hospital, his blood stream full of heroin.

While Gus works with the local police to try and sort through the chaos, his wife, Camille, discovers a secret room in their century-old farmhouse-- a discovery which leads her to believe the home's original owner, Mary Hill, may have had connections to the Underground Railroad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Begins with a tornado and then picks up speed! March 12, 2012
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The excitement begins on the first page as the reader finds the story taking place in church on a Sunday morning as a tornado is on its way, unknowing to the church's occupants. The book starts at this pace and does not disappoint as the excitement and intrigue continues.

The history of this small town and its inhabitants is magical and moving. The relationships are constructed very well, with a depth and fullness that makes the story one that will remain long after the final page is read. There is a very special attachment that the reader finds when he or she reads a Lazar story. The closest I can find to describe it is true family and an association that lives inspite of it being only a literary reality with created characters and written happenings.

I personally have read all three of Mr. Lazar's series and have loved each one immensely. If you are a lover of a good story that keeps you guessing with many twists and turns and yet has a real life feel, any of Mr. Lazar's stories are for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master storytelling July 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Aaron Paul Lazar is a wonderful writer that brings you into the village of East Goodland, NY, nestled in the pastoral Genessee Valley. His prose is dense and descriptive, his characters as familiar and well developed as any writer I've read. The reader is drawn into a multi layered mystery in such a way as to look forward to peeling back every layer. Gus LeGarde and his family are warm, wonderful, and a welcome addition to my personal library.

Ron Adams,
Author, Key Lime Squeeze
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FireSong July 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
FireSong is the first book I have read from the author Aaron Lazar. I did not know what to expect. The first thing that caught my attention is the author's smooth writing style. The second thing is the never ending twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the end of the book.

The story kept me under a spell I could not put it down until I finished reading it.
There are so many endearing things about the book that warmed my heart. I really liked the characters in the story, especially the grand children, Camille and pastor Nahum Hardina. The characters appeared so real. It felt like I have known them all of my life. They are the type of people you would not mind being close friends with.

The magic of this well-written book takes the reader to East Goodland, a place where life has gone berserk and the main character Gus must find a plausible solution to all the unexplained mayhem.

The trouble begins with a rogue tornado that takes place during Sunday morning service. The tornado wreaks havoc on the town's cemetery, exposing the body of a man. Much to the dismay of Gus LeGarde, instead of savoring quiet time with his family, he has no other choice but to help find solutions to all the strange happenings. The problems keep coming one after another.

The author does a great job keeping the reader in total suspense; when you think a problem has been resolved; here comes another one that will keep the reader turning the page until the very end of the story.

If you are looking for a story that will keep the adrenaline running non-stop, I highly recommend you picking up a copy of FireSong.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read--Recommended June 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
**** An enjoyable read. Recommended.
Review by Douglas Quinn, The Webb Sawyer Mysteries, The Ellis Family Thrillers, Cornelius The Orphan, Historical Fiction/Adventure, and the Adventures of Quinn Higgins: Boy Detective Children's Chapter Books.

The rural New York town of East Goodland is a quiet place where good people go about their daily lives. In preparation of the family meal, they peel potatoes and shuck corn on the back porch. Grandfathers chase fireflies with children, parents throw sticks with their dogs, visit neighbors, laugh, tell jokes and make love. Their children go on all night camp-overs up on the ridge. They attend Sunday service at their church and have meetings about raising money for a new organ.

Yep, all is quiet until a town official, along with thousands of dollars, goes missing; until a rogue tornado hits the church and tears up the church cemetery, exposing a body in a shallow grave; until the local salt mine gets shut down because of unsafe mining practices; until bad people in mysterious vans are running amok on the back roads of the county; until a local Indian tribe creates trouble over an ancient Indian burial ground, until dangerous drug dealers escape from a nearby prison....

In the middle of it all is professor Gus LeGarde, the one person who everyone in town trusts to gather information and sort out problems. The only trouble is, the problems just keep coming, not only overwhelming LeGarde, but the town's small law enforcement contingent. Are all of these isolated events in some way related and, if so, how? It is up to Gus LeGarde to sort it all out. To complicate matters further, the professor discovers a family secret that indirectly has some bearing on the solution to his investigation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding suspense
FireSong by Aaron Paul Lazar is another win for one of my favorite authors. This episode of the Gus LeGarde Mysteries begins with a terrifying tornado that becomes a mysterious... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marsha Jeanne Thalleen
5.0 out of 5 stars A force of nature
In this the last story in the LEGARDE OMNIBUS Gus and company face the forces of nature, drug smugglers, escaped convicts as the secrets of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karen H. Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gus LeGarde triumphs again
Lazar’s Gus LeGarde mysteries just keep getting better and FireSong is no exception. The excitement begins immediately, with a tornado that strikes during Sunday services and that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Janice L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Mysteries and a Spooky Chase
I loved the two plots woven together in this book- a tale of the underground railroad, and a denouement in a modern underground salt mine. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joan H. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery, A Tornado, A Death, and much more....
TITLE: FireSong

I was very excited to receive a free book by the author of this book for my honest review. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Jackie Paulson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!
I just finished reading FireSong, and I can't get it out of my mind. It touched a lot of feelings inside. Read more
Published on June 11, 2011 by Melissa S Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gus LeGarde is On the Case
When a freak tornado hits the hometown for Gus LeGarde and his extended family a dead body is revealed starting a string of events that make up the latest in the LeGarde series... Read more
Published on June 10, 2011 by Holly J
4.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical mystery with topical fears
Aaron Paul Lazar's Gus LeGarde Mysteries just keep getting better. The events of Firesong take place in the beautiful countryside of New York State during a long hot summer, and... Read more
Published on June 8, 2011 by Sheila Deeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and captivating , Aaron a genius who possesses the true gift...
As a first time reader of LeGarde Mysteries I was very excited to read FIRESONG. I can tell you I was my interest was immediately drawn in the first couple pages and I was hooked. Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by Autumn Blues Reviews
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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:

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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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