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Double Forte': A Gus LeGarde Mystery Paperback – November 15, 2004
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"an absorbing tale of love, intrigue, and murder" "a compelling thriller" "Artfully crafted imagery that vividly grows in readers'imaginations" -- Ray Edinger, author of Fury Beach
From the Author
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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Thank you again for another great novel and I'm starting the next one as soon as I finish this review.
Gus LeGarde's lavishes love on his family and dog, seeks comfort in music and reflection while seeking answers. The police become involved as the mysteries grow. Gus's world is one of shocking discoveries and a fight for life.
This takes place in a climate far different to the one I know, however the author's superb writing allowed me to taste the pasta, feel the coldness of the winter and see the snow.
A great read.
As Double Forté unfolds, we experience a range of powerful emotions-humor, passion, hatred, and fear. Lazar's erudite grasp of human nature shines through the rolling dialog and interplay of the characters. The credible personalities develop quickly and each is essential to the imaginative depth of the story.
Lazar is a master at capturing detail. Whatever the scene, from the chit chat while washing dishes at a church social, to sinking toward certain death at the bottom of an icy lake in Maine, Lazar artfully crafts imagery that vividly grows in the reader's imagination. And Lazar's use of dreams to segue is a novel and welcomed device that provides further insight into the psyche of the hero, Gus LeGarde.
Double Forté is a compelling thriller and a splendid addition to the mystery genre. We eagerly look forward to the next installment in Aaron Paul Lazar's "Gus LeGarde Mysteries."