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Healey's Cave (Moore mystery series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Paul Lazar
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Sam Moore's little brother vanished fifty years ago. No body. No answers. What Sam has is a boatload of guilt, since he failed to accompany Billy on his final, fateful bike ride. While digging in his garden, Sam discovers a green marble with a startling secret--it whisks him back to his childhood, connecting him to Billy. Thrust back and forth through time, Sam struggles to unlock the secret of his brother's fate. When the FBI investigates remains found nearby, Sam learns of a serial killer with a grisly fifty-year record. Sam's certain it's Billy's killer. But what's worse, his grandson fits the profile of the murdered boys. Will the killer return to Sam's town to claim his final kill? Can Sam untangle the truth in time to save him? Book 1 of the Moore mystery series.

"...a delightfully diabolical mystery with a chilling paranormal plot. Exceptionally written, this book will capture readers with a unique chase for a murderer that transcends time and space." -- Joyce Handzo, for In the Library Reviews

Winner in the Commercial Fiction category for the 2011 Eric Hoffer award, winner in the Paranormal category for the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards and 2011 Global eBook Award Finalist in Mystery Suspense

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About the Author

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of LeGarde Mysteries and Moore Mysteries 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.

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  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1606191624
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (August 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZYEVI0
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aaron Paul Lazar is a master storyteller August 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I love how Aaron Paul Lazar has drawn the characters in his book. He sketches the relationship of man and wife in soft strokes, like a lovely pen and ink drawing on fine paper. A grandparent taking delight in the love of his grandchildren is a pastel portrait framed in gold. Childhood friendships drenched in sepia tones are like old photographs in a long forgotten album taken from the shelf. I also like the pace of the book. Nothing is rushed. There is no leap headlong into a maze of frantic action nor is there a plunge into needless back-story. There is a gracious and soft unfolding of detail, layer upon layer, as if one were looking at a painting of a lush landscape. Characters reveal themselves and the story unfolds easily, effortlessly. Sam Moore is a methodical man, used to figuring out mysteries in life by using tried and true principles. He has honed his solid intellect during many years as a physician and isn't prone to imagining things. But when Sam discovers a marble in the soft friable earth of his garden, he begins to think he may be going crazy. The glowing cat's eye marble seems to flash scenes of his boyhood before his eyes, scenes with his younger brother Billy, who had been so dear, the brother whose disappearance had left behind an unsolved mystery and a hole in Sam Moore's heart. Was his brother speaking to him from across the void? As we look over Sam Moore's shoulder into the fire of the green marble, we are drawn with him into an experience of the paranormal, seeing into the unseen worlds he unearths, never to rest until we know the whole truth about what happened to his brother Billy- and to the others. The sense of intrigue never dims in this book. I love a good story and this is one of the best I have read in a very long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved My First Aaron Paul Lazar Novel! December 3, 2010
My thanks to the author's wife who proposed that the author write a book from the killer's point of view...

And a new series was born! Healey's Cave by Aaron Paul Lazar, who is known for his LeGarde Mystery series, declared he was just minding his own business when his wife spoke...In fact, he laughed!

Now his wife loves psychological thrillers which I do too, so I knew she was on to something...especially since, at that time, I hadn't read any of Lazar's books! I had met Aaron at a Facebook Reviewer's Roundup Author Interview and immediately knew I would like the know, one of those guys that is fun and easy to talk that's how he wound up as my December Spotlighted Author at Book Reader's Heaven and I was invited to have a Lazar marathon...hmmm, maybe I even volunteered, not sure now!

Anyway, Healey's Cave is his latest book, as well as being the first Sam Moore Mystery. I loved it!

Lazar has a style of writing that pulls readers into the lives, as well as the setting of his books; he's a natural storyteller. He spends time sharing about nature and talks knowledgeably about the plants, flowers, and, in this case, the caves that you can tell he has explored.

In fact, the "green marble series," was conceptually created when he found a green marble, a cat's eye, unearthed while he was rototilling! As with many of us, the marble took him back to childhood and he started to wonder about the little boy or girl who lost it...

And that is how the main character was whisked back in time...

Sam Moore was himself a grandfather when he found the marble. His first thought was whether it might have belonged to his brother who had disappeared 50 years ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sam Moore's having a bad hair day November 14, 2010
Sam Moore is a gardener extraordinaire. But when he finds a marble in his knotweed patch, life changes. The strange green marble carries Sam on wild excursions into his past, where a long-time mystery just waits on being answered. But will Sam live long enough to unravel the case of his missing brother?

Aaron Lazar has crafted a truly wonderful tale of suspense, nostalgia, and supernatural occurences. I loved the time in the garden, written by a man who obviously knows his stuff and felt like the trips back into his past were well-done and moved the story forward to its tense conclusion.

This was my first Sam Moore mystery but it won't be my last!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart stopping suspense June 25, 2014
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50 yrs earlier Sam Moore’s eleven year old brother Billy disappeared thrusting Sam into a deep depression born from the grief. Fast forward 50 years and Sam Moore is a retired physician with way too much time on his hands and a huge garden to tend. Sam is still obsessed with what happened to his brother and best buddy. Was he kidnapped or killed? The mystery will be solved after several red herrings are thrown in path of solving the disappearance. Keep reading you won’t be disappointed!
Like the LeGarde series Aaron has woven this tale in the middle of home turf in upstate New York. Sam Moore is another likeable character from Mr. Lazars imagination. His grandson Timmy is so real and loveable.
HEALY’S CAVE has a slightly paranormal bent to it as well as heart stopping suspense. Readers will fall in love with Sam and his family as they have been written with love. I am thrilled to give Healys Cave five stars for brilliant story telling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You HAVE to read this book
Healey's Cave by Aaron Paul Lazar came as a complete surprise for me. I am a die hard Gus LeGarde fan, so was very excited to meet Sam Moore. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marsha Jeanne Thalleen
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the family and mystery!
I really enjoy reading the "Gus LeGarde Mysteries". The characters become like family. They are very well developed and you will enjoy their family life and the mystery.
Published 11 months ago by LERDH42
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Mystery
This is the first of the Sam Moore mystery series and readers will be challenged to sort out a series of peculiar events, misunderstandings, relationships, and erroneous... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janice L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving lasts forever...
Sam has been missing his little brother for most of his life, and he still does not know if his brother is dead or "only" lost... He suffers and yet hopes... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gabriela Scholter
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Half the story was about landscaping his yard. Descriptions of his flowers, trees, grass, bushes, fruit trees, etc. Read more
Published 15 months ago by C Suazo
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit much...but intriguing
This story seemed to be written in another "era." It was too flowery in its descriptions, and some of his characters bordered on saccharine; but maybe that's because I've become... Read more
Published 15 months ago by K-bug Yellow & Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappearance of a young brother
Retired doctor Sam's life has been affected by the disappearance of his 11 year old brother. This is a story of that mystery, and of a killer. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BarbA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery!
Wonderful premiere book of the Sam Moore series. Intriguing relationships revolving around a half century old mystery that will keep you guessing! On to the next.
Published 20 months ago by Janice D. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery With A Slice of Americana
The story starts off slowly but rich in detail as Sam Moore, a recently retired doctor, deals with making plans for his long summer days of freedom. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rita @ My Home of Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Healey's cave
This book was far from the intense suspense & mystery that I normally am drawn to. The difference? Well, the suspense & mystery were there, keeping me guessing until the final... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Laura Jenkins
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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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