- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: PublishAmerica (November 15, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1413728383
- ISBN-13: 978-1413728385
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,897,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Double Forte': A Gus LeGarde Mystery Paperback – November 15, 2004
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Double Forté is the first in a long series of mysteries featuring protagonist, Gus LeGarde, a music professor in a historic college town located in Upstate New York.
The book spans several levels - it involves a family that successfully deals with loss, grief, recovery, and new-found love; it is packed with delicious tidbits involving children, animals, gardens, music, art, gourmet cooking, and lush descriptions of the Genesee Valley; and finally, because it is a mystery, it includes a pulse-pounding suspense-mystery that pulls the story along, complete with chase scenes through the foggy woods.
Gus refers to himself as a "hopeless romantic, a wistful Renaissance man caught in the twenty-first century." No stranger to passion or heartache, Gus lavishes love on his family and dog as he mourns the loss of his lifetime soul mate, Elsbeth. By profession, Gus teaches music at Conaroga University, imparting the love of the classics to his students. He is passionate about French Impressionism, nature photography, gardening, and spends hours cooking lavish gourmet meals for his family and friends. His rambling, 1811 Greek Revival farm house lies amidst the rolling hills and bucolic splendor of the Genesee Valley. He drives an old Volvo sedan, plays Chopin etudes to clear his mind and feed his soul, and has an impeccable inner moral compass.
Seven novels have been completed. The second in the series, Upstaged, was accepted for publication on November 15th, 2004. The rest are waiting patiently in line and number eight is currently underway.
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Top Customer Reviews
It all starts to unravel when he rescues a child in the snow, who is too scared even to give a name.
Finding out where the little child belongs is the beginning, not the end, of the trouble, and soon expands to endanger Gus, his family, and the first fragile shoots of possible new love.
I very quickly became totally caught up in Gus's story. He's upright, decent, gentle, and kind. His friends, neighbors, and wider circle are mostly good people, too. There's action here, but Gus is not presented as improbably heroically formidable. He's just a guy who is well-built and has kept himself physically active, so that when he needs to, he can put in a creditable showing in a fight.
Lazar provides a good, involving mystery, with good, involving characters, and in trying times for me, I found it but enjoyable and comforting. The narrator, Robert King Ross, also has an excellent voice for Gus LeGarde and his story, and added to the pleasure.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and am reviewing it by my personal choice.
The hero, Gus LeGarde, is one of the most romantic male characters I've read in a long time. He expresses his feelings, unusual in this day of tough, tight-lipped male protagonists. Don't misunderstand, Gus is tough when he needs to be, but you know being macho for macho's sake is not his nature. He rises to the occasion when those he loves are threatened, and he does so with all his heart and strength.
What Mr. Lazar does so well in Double Forté is create an overwhelming sense of impending calamity, then he lets the reader breathe, waiting for something that doesn't happen until he sets the fear gears in motion again. The bad guy is deliciously rotten, and we root for his demise. This was a five-star read for me. I highly recommend it.
Mr. Lazar is very adept at bringing the reader to the precipice over and over again in a "Pot to the kettle to the frying pan" way that is endearing and more than a little addictive. I loved it!.
All the characters are fleshed out just enough to make them understandable and believable.
Anyone looking for a good, action packed and thoroughly enjoyable read should look no further! This book... and it's author... are definitely keepers. Please pardon me now.... I have to go and purchase the next few books in the series!!!
I’m immediately taken in by Lazar’s evocative style, bringing to life the likeable characters of Gus and Siegfried and the trapped dog in the winter landscape, the winter magic so beautifully described later in Chapter 9. This riveting thriller is interrupted by such chapters to give the reader a short reprieve around happy scenes at church or in the family kitchen and around the dining table, where many colourful characters meet. Gus is there to serve and cook or play the piano, but on his mind is the plaintive sound he heard coming from inside Baxter’s house.
The suspense is well developed not only regarding Baxter but also another villain, Harold, a very bad husband to his daughter Freddie, as well as on the romantic side, regarding Gus’s relationship with Camille, whose smile and joyfulness arouse tender feelings in his heart. The horrors involving the two villains are thus mitigated in our psyche by descriptions of Gus’s blossoming love for Camille, his protectiveness of his family and Siegfried, and his tenderness towards Max, his dog, whose soft coat is a comfort to lonely Gus in his big bed. This book will fill your moments of reading with a very rewarding experience. I highly recommend it.
Also very predictable with the bad guy. Fights go on and on. The chase drags on. Could have been really good. But missed the mark for me