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Spirit Me Away: A Gus LeGarde Mystery (LeGarde Mysteries Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Paul Lazar
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Book Description

Boston, Massachusetts: It’s the summer of ’69—the parks are flooded with flower children and a hot new band called Led Zeppelin is set to appear at the Boston Tea Party. But for one newlywed couple just beginning their lives together, there will be no peace.

In the cradle of sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll, Gus and Elsbeth LeGarde are music students attending the New England Conservatory of Music, after a wedding kept secret from their families. When they discover a bruised and sobbing teenage girl on the Boston Commons who can’t remember who she is, or how she got there, the couple decides to “adopt” her to help find her identity.

But Gus and Elsbeth aren’t prepared to be plunged into a violent world of rape, abuse, and a ring of white slave traders who’ll stop at nothing to take back their property—or to acquire new flesh in the form of Gus’s beautiful young bride.

At times nostalgic, heart-stopping, and breathlessly dramatic, Spirit Me Away is a thrilling romantic mystery set against the colorful backdrop of the sixties—with an unforgettable conclusion at the greatest rock festival of all time.

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About the Author

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 SPIRIT ME AWAY (2014), DEVIL’S LAKE(2014), and THE LIARS’ GALLERY (2014).

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  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499594992
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  • Publisher: Aaron Paul Lazar; 3 edition (May 8, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh take on the sixties, with a darker twist. June 18, 2014
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Spirit Me Away by Aaron Paul Lazar took me back to a time I lived through, but don’t remember. I was six years old in the summer of ’69 and though I have since seen numerous depictions on television and in the media, I can’t honestly say any of it rings a particular bell. Lazar manages to take what has always been a mist-shrouded time period for me, and refine it into a peculiar clarity which I can view through the eyes of the eminently likeable Gus LeGarde. He manages to avoid one of the major tropes of the mystery genre by developing a hero/heroine duo who remind me more of Ward and June Cleaver than Nick and Nora Charles, but who still manage to combine some of the most charming elements of both.

To begin with, Gus is not a detective. He’s a struggling music student who readily and proudly admits that his wife if far more talented than he is. He is disarmingly naïve without being irritatingly stupid. Especially in mysteries, I like my protagonists to be intelligent since it’s annoying to spend the entire book wanting to smack them upside the head and shout, “get a clue, won’t you?” But Gus isn’t stupid; he is simply, enchantingly, young. He makes mistakes (don’t we all?) but he learns from them. He doesn’t pretend to be Superman, but he is brave enough to step out anyway and do what needs to be done, all the while dealing with the angst and self-doubt we can all identify with.

The plot moves quickly and follows a logical, if occasionally surprising, sequence. The book in general is tightly written and well-paced without a lot of overwriting and no plot holes that I saw.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Special Time and Place May 13, 2014
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I cannot praise this book enough but sometimes less is better, especially if there is a danger of adding "spoilers" so I will be brief. Aaron Paul Lazar writes stories that resonate with my philosophy of respect for others and love of family and friends. Spirit Me Away has characters that are fully developed and multi-faceted. The suspense and action of the plot are heart-pounding. Most importantly, there is the added attraction of the time frame that I personally lived through: the 1960's. If you loved the music, chaos, sadness of that place on the space-time continuum, you will love this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit Me Away... May 23, 2014
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For some reason, the 60's culture sort of by-passed me while I was busy raising a family...Spirit Me Away took me to a time and place that was excitingly foreign to me. I found it fascinating and the little bit of flower child I could have been was thrilled to live it vicariously as the story unfolded.

I have read all of Aaron Paul Lazar's 'Gus LeGarde' books (some of them as a beta reader) I have loved feeling a part of the LeGarde family and seeing all of the characters grow and develop. As a foodie, I also enjoy Gus' descriptions of the scrumptious meals he cooks for his family.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Mystery May 10, 2014
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It's the sixties and a teenage hippie is crying because she is hopelessly lost. Lost from her past… she suffers from amnesia. Two newly married college students take her in and do their best to help her. The mystery leads the husband, Gus LeGarde into a darker world laid open by free love and drugs.

The pace accelerates right after the opening pages. The action, suspense, and gradual unraveling of the girls’s past make it difficult for the reader to put the book down. A bonus to this exciting novel is Lazar’s detailed and accurate picture of that tumultuous period. From the dress to the music, he captured the explosion that was the sixties.

If you are new to the Gus LeGarde mysteries, this is a great book to begin your journey with. If you have read other LeGarde mysteries, you will absolutely enjoy this peak into the past of the hero and his wife.
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I recently read SPIRIT ME AWAY, which unlike most of the mysteries in Aaron Paul Lazar's Gus LeGarde series is not a cozy mystery. Instead, it's a story of romantic suspense set in the summer of1969. Gus LeGarde and his newlywed wife, Elsbeth, are music students in Boston. They are friendly, sociable people who enjoy life and each other, love to solve mysteries and have a soft spot for people in trouble.

This is a good thing, as they run across a mysterious, ethereally beautiful woman named Valerie. Valerie doesn't remember her past or her last name, and doesn't have any ID on her; she seems to be running from someone, and needs a safe place to stay, soonest.

So Gus and Elsbeth take Valerie into their lives, and try to solve the mystery of just who Valerie is. But every time they think they've solved the mystery, another complication arises . . . (I'll stop there with the plot summary.)

I enjoyed SPIRIT ME AWAY immensely. The romance between Gus and Elsbeth is appropriately earthy, Valerie's complete befuddlement was both touching and baffling in turns, and I enjoyed every moment of this novel.

Two caveats, however: As Lazar says, he took a few liberties with his own, internal timeline for Gus and Elsbeth. So if you've read any of the previous mysteries featuring Gus, you may be astonished that Gus is old enough in 1969 to be doing any of these things, much less be married . . . but I felt that a minor quibble.

The possibly bigger caveat is that Gus is remarkably self-possessed for such a young man. (He's nineteen, at most.) And solving Valerie's mystery is going to take both Gus and his new wife into some very shady places, requiring Gus to be far more mature than his chronological years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have read all of of Aaron's books and Spirit ...
I have read all of of Aaron's books and Spirit Me Away is one of my favorites! I felt as though I knew each of the main characters so well and kept looking forward to what would... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by larry

Okay, I confess: the women cried far too much and the Gus LeGarde I know... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Niama L. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very intersting, hard to put down.
Published 3 months ago by Bonnie L Mulenex
3.0 out of 5 stars Hippies
It was a fairly good read if you are into the flower child scene. It was an easy read though.
Published 3 months ago by October
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it took me back to 1969!
Published 3 months ago by Patti Schlater
3.0 out of 5 stars A interesting story
I thought the story was fun to follow. Pretty much knew how it would end.
I would recommend it fora a
Published 3 months ago by Virginia Holt
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed all of the Gus LeGarde Mysteries
I enjoyed all of the Gus LeGarde Mysteries . The books use the family life of a great , interesting family with a mystery . They are just great reads.
Published 3 months ago by LERDH42
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice read
An enjoyable read.
I was surprised by some of the turn of events! In the beginning, I wasn't so enthused, but the story picked up with suspense & kept me engaged. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol A. Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my norm, was not disappointed.
I read this entire book in one sitting. I am a fan of horror and sci-fi, but this book grabbed me and would not let me go. A very good read.
Published 3 months ago by deanoman777
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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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