Monday, April 14, 2014

Lady Blues By Aaron Paul Lazar:

My review for Lady Blues By Aaron Paul Lazar:
Past and present collide when an Alzheimer’s patient’s fragile memory holds the key to solving mysteries dating back to World War II—including a long lost secret love affair.

Music professor Gus LeGarde is just doing a favor for a friend when he agrees to play piano for church services at a local nursing home. He doesn’t expect to be drawn into a new friendship with an elderly Alzheimer’s patient dubbed “the music man” or to stumble across a decades-old mystery locked inside the man’s mind.

Octogenarian Kip Sterling doesn’t know his own name—but he speaks Gus’s language, spouting jazz terms like “cadence” and “interlude” and “riff.” He’s also obsessed with “his Bella,” but nobody knows who she is.

When Kip is given a new drug called Memorphyl, he starts to remember bits and pieces of his life. Gus learns Bella was Kip’s first and only love, but their relationship was shrouded in scandal. Intrigued, Gus agrees to help search for her. Could she still be alive?

Horrified when the miracle drug suddenly stops working and patients begin to backslide, Gus panics. Can he help Kip find his beloved Bella before his newfound memories disappear?
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My Review 
This novel is intricately and captivatingly written. Lazar draws you in with his fantastic writing and keeps you there with the imaginative story. This read that will keep you hooked both intellectually and emotionally. Not only that, but Lazar is one of those rare authors who tells a unique tale that will appeal to many age groups without talking down to anyone or talking over their heads. The language used fits perfectly with the story at hand and the characters involved. He tells a story that unfolds on many levels at the same time, holding information back until it is relevant.

The characters in this novel are well developed. I appreciated the way that they fit together while still standing alone as individuals. It was the best of both worlds. As Pure Jonel said so well: They are firmly set in the time period in question. Also, for Lazar there is no such thing as a minor character. Everyone is important in their own right, even if they aren`t main characters. That description couldn’t be more true.

This is definitely a one of a kind novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of three mystery series, Lazar enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys.

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