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Thank you so much for buying or considering The Gauguin Connection. Writing it was a huge adventure. Not only did I learn a lot of interesting things (including bore lapping - Vinnie, one of the characters, will tell you all about it), but I also was lucky enough to combine all my passions in one book. My interest in international politics, music, art, psychology, criminal psychology, nonverbal communication and all things conspiratorial flowed together in Genevieve's life.

Genevieve Lenard series:

1. The Gauguin Connection
2. The Dante Connection
3. The Braque Connection

4. The Flinck Connection
5. The Courbet Connection
6. The Pucelle Connection
7. The Léger Connection

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Product Details

  • Series: Genevieve Lenard
  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148012298X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480122987
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today Bestselling author Estelle Ryan was born in South Africa and spent her childhood being surrounded by African beauty, nature and diversity of cultures. Her first trip to Europe at the tender age of 16 transformed her world into a much larger place, endless in its possibilities and places to explore. For most of her adulthood she's travelled all over the world, lived on a few continents, explored numerous cultures and is insatiable in the quest to still the hunger for more life experiences.

She's written for numerous international magazines, was the editor of a European lifestyle magazine and has seven out-of-print romance novels published under a pseudonym. With her interest in international politics, arts, crime, behavioural psychology, criminal psychology and music, she decided to combine all these elements in her writing. And so Genevieve and the team came into being.

She is an unabashed coffeeshopaholic. Good coffee, ambience and music in the perfect combination is all that is required to turn a mundane coffee shop into her 'office'. The appropriate coffee shop is chosen depending on the mood, the weather, the type and amount of work that needs to be done and, of course, the craving of the day. All of her books have been written in numerous coffee shops all over the world.

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122 of 127 people found the following review helpful By engemi ferreira on September 6, 2012
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Estelle Ryan's 'The Gauguin Connection' is an ingenious report on the research of a most unlikely team brought together by the death of a promising young artist whose work is found to be forgeries of Gaugain's paintings, amongst others also of the painting "Still life with white bowl". A tag cut from this painting is found sewn into the murdered girl's clothes. Later on it is found there were more such deaths and the investigation leads readers deeper into the art world and its mysteries.

When Dr Genevieve Lenard, a researcher who works for the insurance firm where this particular painting has been insured, sees a newspaper cutting of the murdered girl, it almost costs her a relapse; Genevieve Lenard is suffering from a special strain of autism and virtually lives with daily influxes of the desease. The author paints a sympathetic portrait of a highly intelligent yet beautiful young woman's predicament and the way she works on herself to rise above her social demeanor.

Ms Ryan who has done a wealth of research which gives authenticity to this, her first literary foray into the crime scene, and together with her ability of telling a good story, this book pulls the reader ahead within a well balanced mixture of the high life, intellectual repartee, political low ground and empathy between the very interesting group of characters thrown together to form a highly unlikely investigative team. The latter makes for intrigue and keeps the reader's interest in place.

I found The Gauguin Connection a most satisfying read, and I sincerely hope Estelle Ryan, will carry on with this trend she started to even deeper and more fleshed out (if I may say so) crimi-stories -forging her very humane even lovable characters in many more 'deep waters' and 'international dungeons', thus keeping all of us reading on the edges of our seats
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Terreciel on October 14, 2012
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Genevive Lenard, our main character, has high-functioning autism. She's extremely intelligent but has poor social skills. She doesn't understand jokes or euphemisms, hates physical contact of any kind, and has extreme OCD. Her boss, Philip, has realized her ability to 'read' non-verbal communication and hires her to investigate insurance fraud by viewing videos of his clients. Philip is the only person she trusts because he respects her requirements and never treats her like a freak.

Along comes Manny, a detective friend of Philip, asking for help in solving a puzzling crime involving the murder of a young woman. Genevive, against her wishes, agrees to help because Philip asks, even though she dislikes Manny profoundly. The investigation becomes more intricate, involving all sorts of people and agencies that seem to have no connection to each other.

The plot is a good, with numerous misdirections and seemingly unrelated details. The characters are well developed and have depth; especially Genevive. I imagine it's challenging to create a character such as Genevive, who isn't always sympathetic with her blunt approach and unusual needs, but Estelle Ryan makes us believe in Genevive.

***Small Spoiler Alert****

My only complaint, a small one, is that early in the book, Genevive copes with any disturbing event by tuning out her surroundings, sometimes for hours, and writing out Mozart's compositions, which she has memorized. As the book progresses and stressful situations become more frequent, she can cope simply by imagining the music. Her other autistic behaviours change fairly rapidly (the story takes place over the course of several weeks).
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Roy Baverstock on October 15, 2013
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As a fan of Daniel Silva I was quite excited to discover this book. All my interests, art, classical music and mystery in one.
I enjoyed the first half of the book but then found the constant arguing between the main characters and references to facial expressions and body postures
a bit repetitive. I found the Doctor quite an interesting character and a change from the usual heroine, although I did lose attention at times.
I am sure though, a lot of people will enjoy this book.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful By N. Fry on December 14, 2013
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I chose this book based on the high reviews, but I was overall disappointed with it. I felt that it was Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets White Collar, but instead of being entertaining, suspenseful and well developed, it was a fairly flat narrative of the events. This book has a ton of potential and could be a fantastic story, but it is poorly executed. It is an easy read, but many times I wanted to put it down because the author never succeeded in creating any suspense or tension. I finished the book only because I wanted to know who Piros was and how the art forgeries were related to murders and the theft of weapons. We learn who Piros is (and it’s no surprise) but none of the other aspects of the case are ever fully resolved. The whole ending is very anti-climactic.

The writing and storytelling were weak at best. Quirks of Genevieve’s become redundant and as a reader I wanted to scream “STOP! I know. You’ve told me about the orbicularis oculi muscles about a hundred times.” And those little muscles… let me tell you! Genevieve can tell everything about you from them. Genevieve uses cues from these muscles to “read” people and the author uses it as a means to dismiss suspicion of new characters without having to actually develop the character and provide a basis for their trustworthiness. We are also reminded with nearly every encounter about Genevieve’s aversion to physical contact, and also reminded repetitively every time Colin touches her that she is surprised at how much she doesn’t mind him touching her.

Genevieve is autistic and does not understand the euphemisms, metaphors, and figures of speech that are used by the other characters. This woman who holds a Ph.D., yet somehow hasn’t learned the most common phrases and sayings.
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