Lady Blues: forget-me-not by Aaron Paul Lazar – a perfectly presented piece of fiction

ladybluesLady Blues: forget-me-not is a Gus Legarde mystery, the tenth in the series. Although part of a series it works perfectly as a standalone book, although you will inevitably want to read more of these novels. This book is probably best described as a cozy mystery, although that might not do it full justice. There’s genuine tension and threat, edge of the seat stuff, and the characters have depth and interest to them, rather more than in some cozies. Yet our hero, Professor Gus Legarde, is such a comforting sort of person that we feel safe and secure in his hands, and that’s where the coziness comes.

Gus is fifty-something, a professor, and lives with his second wife, his step-daughter, his ex-wife’s brother Siegfried, a variety of dogs, and his daughter and grandchildren are in the house too at the start of this story. There’s a strong supportive family atmosphere. Another guest, Lily, arrives, a Korean woman, after Gus and Siegfried pull her out of her burning house above the shop she runs with her brother Thom. He’s badly injured in the fire. And Lily has secrets to hide. That’s one strand of the mystery, and another stems from an octogenarian Gus meets when playing the piano at a nursing home. Music helps him remember, as do drugs, although possibly only temporarily, and one of the memories that comes back is of Bella, the woman he loved, his Lady Blues. Gus is determined to help him recapture his past before it’s all too late.

It’s hard to describe the story without giving away too much, but suffice it to say it’s intelligently and tightly written. I’ll turn my attention to the writing. This is beautiful – evocative, startling, teasing, terse, soothing and suspenseful in turns. Author Aaron Paul Lazar has a wonderfully readable style, empathetic and gentle, but also frank and realistic. The characters he creates are fully rounded, flaws and all, and it’s hard not to be drawn deep into their world with them. Good food and music are recurring motifs throughout the story and so is the Genesee valley. There is so much to admire artistically in this book, and with a catchy cover and a very high standard of presentation, it is a perfectly presented piece of fiction. Very, very highly recommended.

Pic from author's website
Pic from author’s website

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  1. Hi, Stephanie! I must tell you, this is one of the most beautiful and literary reviews of my work I’ve ever had. This review deserves a review!

    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. ;o)

    I’m going to share this everywhere, and can’t wait to see it on Amazon. So much nicer than, “It was a good beach read, I loved it,” comments, LOL. Although I’ll take as many of them as I can get, too. Happy reading, – Aaron

    1. Hi Aaron, you’re more than welcome! I shall be reading the rest of your books, now that I’ve discovered your writing. You’re very talented, and I don’t say that lightly; I’ve been working as an editor for the best part of thirty years and have processed thousands of books in that time. It takes something special to make me as lyrical as your books do!

  2. Thank you, Stephanie. I’m truly humbled (and thrilled) that you enjoyed Lady Blues! Have a wonderful day – and if you’d like to email me for anything at all, feel free to contact me at aaron dot lazar at yahoo dot com. I’m happy to share audio book coupons with you as well, if you like to listen while you drive, work, or do dishes! ;o) – Aaron

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