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Jul 11, 2011

"Tremolo: cry of the loon" Book Review & Giveaway CLOSED

Tremolo: cry of the loon is another Gus LeGarde mystery, although this book hearkens back to his childhood and is set in 1964 during a summer trip to Maine. In this book "Gus faces his deepest fears while solving a baffling mystery."

About the Book:
"Summer, 1964: Beatlemania hits the States, and the world mourns the loss of JFK. For eleven-year-old Gus LeGarde, the powerful events that rocked the nation serve as a backdrop for the most challenging summer of his life.

After Gus and his best friends capsize their boat at his grandparents’ lakeside camp, they witness a drunk chasing a girl through the foggy Maine woods. She’s scared. She’s hurt. And she disappears.

The camp is thrown into turmoil as the frantic search for Sharon begins. Reports of stolen relics arise, including a church bell cast by Paul Revere. When Gus and his friends stumble on a scepter that may be part of the spoils, they become targets for the evil lurking around the lake. Will they find Sharon before the villain does? And how can Gus – armed only with a big heart, a motorboat, and a nosy beagle – survive the menacing attacks on his life?"

About the Author:
"Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of LeGarde Mysteries and Moore Mysteries savors the countryside in the Genesee Valley in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys."

My Take:
I always wondered what it would be like to live and grow up in the 1960s like my mother did, and in Tremolo: cry of the loon I got a little taste of it. I also was able to pull from my own memories of camp, which are dear to me. I went to a camp in rural Canada (Algonquin Park) for seven years, so being able to read about spending the summer at a campground definitely brought back memories for me. Although I never had anything so terrifying happen to me at camp, we did have a lot of loons!

My favorite part of this book wasn't even the chasing or scary villains. It was a mysterious woman living on the grounds who Gus doesn't know. He'd love to find out, but he's not allowed to go near least for a little while. I had a suspicion I knew who she was, and my suspicion was correct! I won't spoil the surprise for you, however.

I also loved being able to see Gus as a child, meeting Elsbeth and watching Siegfried as the genius he is. Seeing them as children made reading the rest of the LeGarde Mysteries that much more special for me.

If you're curious, go and read through the first three chapters of the book at the LeGarde Mysteries website. You can even hear the author read through the first chapter while you're there.

Cost: You can buy Tremolo from for $16.95.

Overall: We give Tremolo a 10/10!

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We were sent copy of the book "Tremolo" free of charge for the sole purpose of this review; no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.


Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Elana, thanks for this heartfelt review! Readers can also buy the eBook for only $2.99 on Amazon if they have a Kindle. (also available in Nook, etc. formats) Have a lovely day. ;o)

jill24295 said...

We used to go the beach for a week each summer. I remember nights at the boardwalk, hunting for shells, clamming and catching sand crabs. All so much fun for a child!

Anonymous said...

This would bring back a lot of summer memories. Sounds like a great book!
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rhonda1111 said...

camping old cabin with outhouse down the road. tubing down provo river.

janetfaye said...

We went to the park and played softball.

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Anita Yancey said...

My cousin and I use to play house and make lots of mud pies. This book sounds great, I'd love to read it.


Annmarie Weeks said...

Spent all those youthful summers just exploring and having fun! Spending time at the beach, at my aunt's, picking blueberries, chasing after the ice cream truck, reading, lying out on the grass looking at stars, capturing fireflies in jars...

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ said...

as soon as I hit my teens I spent the summer at camp - for recreation or as farm help to earn my first money

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Nancy said...

This would be a new series for me! I love mysteries!

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