Don’t Let the Wind Catch You by Aaron Paul Lazar

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Join Gus LeGarde and his friends on another exciting mystery with Aaron Paul Lazar’s Don’t Let the Wind Catch You.  Gus doesn’t understand why his mother is so upset when he befriends Tully, a cranky hermit who lives in the woods. Tully’s unknown history intrigues Gus, as does Penni, the Indian spirit that flips book pages and draws in mirrors. Is it possible Tully really communicates with Penni. And what is Penni’s story, anyway?

Gus and his friends, twins Elsbeth and Siegfried, are soon in the middle of a mystery that involves long-buried family secrets, and Gus, once again, finds his life in danger.

wind cover-Hi ResHaving read the first mystery in the young Gus LeGarde Mystery series, I quickly signed up to review the next book. There are similarities in content and style between Tremolo: cry of the loon and Don’t Let the Wind Catch You: both find Gus and his friends involved in a mystery that surrounds people from their community, the setting is so much a part of the story that it becomes a character, and both have supplementary characters with interesting stories (the mysterious visitor in Cabin Fifteen from Tremolo and the woman who arrives during a rainstorm that has an intriguing past in Don’t Let the Wind Catch You.)

From the moment I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. The twists and turns, along with uncovered secrets propelled me forward. As a history lover, I truly enjoyed the mystery that revolves around Penni and the impact Gus’s discovery had by shedding light on historical events in his hometown.  The paranormal element to this story will be attractive to this market. For me, this is the perfect type of mystery because it connects past and present, showing how the past always influences the future. While I was a bit surprised Gus was so accepting of Tully’s secret, considering the age in which the book took place, I feel it’s a great message that is subtly woven into the story.

I hope Lazar continues writing stories of Gus LeGarde’s youth. They are fascinating!

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File Size: 441 KB
Print Length: 270 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (August 5, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00ECNEOTE

I received a free mobi version of this book from the author’s publicist. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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Tremolo: cry of the loon by Aaron Paul Lazar

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A beautifully written, richly detailed mystery for young adults and adults comes to you from the talented pen of Aaron Paul Lazar. Tremolo: cry of the loon features a young Gus LeGarde living at the family camp in the woods of Maine. Set in 1964, Gus and his friends (twins Elsbeth and Siegfried) run their boat aground and are forced to swim to shore. Trudging back to camp, Gus comes face-to-face with a bloody and frightened Sharon Adamski, who quickly disappears into the woods. Little does Gus know, what he sees puts him in extreme danger.

I own several books by Lazar, but haven’t had the chance to read any until now. Of course, now I know what I was missing. In this novel, Lazar creates a coming-of-age mystery with a setting that is so much a part of the story that it is almost a character itself. Tremolo: cry of the loon is filled with numerous engaging characters: from Gus’s parents and grandparents to the twins to the camp staff and a mysterious guest who arrives to stay in Cabin Fifteen. Witnessing the developing relationships among all the characters is wonderful.

From the moment I began this book I was captivated. I didn’t want to put it down until I read the last page. The twists and turns kept me engaged, while watching Gus’s mettle being put to the test made me root for him to come out victorious. Also, as a child of the 60s and 70s, the numerous historical references allowed me to feel right at home.

Tremolo: cry of the loon is the perfect summertime read. It takes that dreaded summer camp experience and turns it into an exciting, suspenseful mystery.

File Size: 531 KB
Print Length: 236 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933353082
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Twilight Times Books (August 15, 2006)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B0042RULTM

 

I purchased a Kindle version of this book so I would be caught up with the young Gus LeGarde series when the author tours next month with the second book, Don’t Let the Wind Catch You. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.