• The Liar's Gallery

  • A Gus LeGarde Mystery (LeGarde Mysteries Book 7)
  • By: Aaron Paul Lazar
  • Narrated by: Lou Hecker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning author Aaron Paul Lazar: The last place Gus LeGarde expects to find his old friend Byron Cunningham is in a plane that crashes in a field near his farmhouse. But that's just the first surprise in a series of shocking events beginning with the discovery of a Monet painting crammed into the plane's fuselage.

Is it real? Or fake? The trail leads Gus into a twisting trio of dangerous art world conspiracies. Gus fends off some very pushy collectors and soon realizes he may have crossed paths with treacherous criminals, putting his family at risk. As if that isn't enough, he must also contend with a problem that's close to his heart: his daughter, Shelby, is growing up too fast. She's determined to sing professionally and is now under the spell of a wolf in tenor's clothing, handsome Greek student Dmitri. When she vanishes with the family car, her frantic parents desperately chase the fading trail. A slew of Facebook messages on Shelby's computer lead them to The Eastman School of Music, where both Shelby's new flame and Gus's old friend have been hiding secrets linked to the art scandal. There's a real Monet out there somewhere, and nothing - including murder - will stop the desperate man who wants it.

The author's alternate suggested listening order for the LeGarde Mysteries series:

1. Double Forté 2. Upstaged 3. Mazurka 4. FireSong 5. Tremolo 6. Don't Let the Wind Catch You 7. The Liar's Gallery 8. Spirit Me Away 9. Under the Ice 10. Lady Blues 11. Voodoo Summer

©2014 Aaron Paul Lazar (P)2014 Aaron Paul Lazar

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This audiobook is really very good .The story was well written and the characters seemed real.Lou Hecker did fine narration for all of the people in this story.This was a good read on it's own.I will have to go back to bk 1 to see where it all started.

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A Lie By Any Other Name Is Still A Lie

Would you consider the audio edition of The Liar's Gallery to be better than the print version?

I always prefer audio books to printed books. Audio books bring the characters and the entire story to life!! I can become "one" with the story and hear the character's innermost thoughts and feelings in their own voice. The book becomes a living, breathing character in itself and draws me into the romance, mystery, humor and sometimes sadness. Isn't this what life is after all?

What other book might you compare The Liar's Gallery to and why?

This book is one of many that Aaron Lazar has written about his character Gus LeGarde. Every book is filled with excitement and intense emotions experienced by Gus and his family. Gus has a wonderful life filled with much love from his family but he has had his share of sadness in his life. He has become so real to me that I find myself thinking about him and his family in the same way as I think about my other friends' lives. I would give anything to "jump into" these books to become one of the characters but in a way I do as I listen to the story.

What does Lou Hecker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lou Hecker is definitely one of my favorite audio readers I have ever heard. He draws me in to every emotion that Gus is going through. Sometimes while listening when I am driving I don't want to stop so I just keep on driving until I can find a stopping point in the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Ordinary People Find Themselves In Extraordinary Situations Filled With Terror and Suspense !! You Won't Want To Miss This One !!

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I could go on and on about how wonderful Aaron Lazar's books are! I have become so involved in the life of Gus and his family that I have to listen every day or I become lonely for them. I have also listened to 2 out of 3 books of his series Paines Creek Beach and I am also hooked on those too. Aaron has a way of bringing his stories to life and every character becomes alive !!

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I really liked this book.The story was well written and the characters seemed real.Lou Hecker did fine narration for all of the people in this story.This was a good read on it's own.I will have to go back to bk 1 to see where it all started.There was adventure,love and a mystery all tied up in 1 story.Highly recommended!

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Superb as always

There are a lot of twists and turns in this mystery which made it a real "page turner". I was barely able to stop listening to do my daily chores and listened in the evening until I was so tired I couldn't stay awake. The way Mr. Lazar details the scenes and activities in their family adds so much to the story. It reminds me of Charles Dickens' style, one of my favorite authors. The descriptions make me feel like I know the characters personally and am actually viewing the scenes. I love a good mystery! Mr. Lazar writes some of the best!

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An Excellent Mystery!

The Liar's Gallery is a really good audiobook! The LeGardes discover that a painting hanging on their wall in the family home may be quite valuable. They search their attic for possible clues about the provenance and come across forgotten treasures and additional mystery. Listeners will feel like they want to be in the attic too, searching for clues and uncovering secrets from the past. As typical in the Gus LeGarde series, action and danger are interspersed with the simple pleasures of family life. This book in the series has quite a bit of family drama, mainly due to teenage daughter Shelby, who has discovered boys and a need for independence. This audiobook never has a dull moment! The narrator delivers the story very nicely. The listener can hear the smile in the narrator's voice during many of this book's poignant moments.

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An intriguing mystery from paragraph one!

Aaron Paul Lazar is fast becoming one of my favorite go-to authors. His skill at weaving intriguing mysteries is so dependable, I have no doubt I’m in for a treat when I pick up one of his books... or in this case audiobook.

The Liar’s Gallery, Gus LeGarde Mystery, did not disappoint, and even though this was book 7 in the series, I had no trouble With any of the storyline as the book is easily a stand-alone. Yanked into the mystery on the first page, I had a hard time putting the book down and snatched it up again every free moment I had.

Gus, his family, and all the characters in Lazar’s story are so well-developed I feel like I know them. The plot line in The Liar's Gallery is fresh, and the intrigue takes off in the first few paragraphs when Gus sees a small plane crash right in front of him. I was immediately drawn into the mystery. When Gus discovers the pilot, Byron Cunningham, was a childhood friend.

Twists and turns abound as Gus an Byron discover a tube containing a rolled-up painting in the plane wreckage. I’m not one to reveal the secrets of the mystery, so I will end my review here. Suffice to say I award five gold stars to The Liar's Gallery And highly recommend the story.

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Great Series

Gus encounters an old friend and invites him to stay. He was a vocal instructor and could help his step daughter with an audition. Trouble came when she meets his protege, of which Gus doesn’t like that his step daughter is growing up. The boy has secrets, which troubles Gus. As to his friend, why was there a famous painting in his possession. Good series and good narration. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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I wanted to like it

I listened to and enjoyed one other Gus LeGarde Mystery and I have two others on my wish list for future download. I expected to like this one but it was just okay.

The beauty of the LeGarde mystery is that really interesting whodunnit's play out in the background of normal life. The characters eat dinner and the prep for said dinner is detailed. They aren't on a non-stop quest to solve a mystery; life takes front and center. It's a great story telling tactic and is really well done by Lazar in all of his books, but especially this series.

The problem I had with this book is the bad decision-making. I don't want to give away any spoilers but there was one instance where someone in Gus's world was seen leaving the scene of a crime and nary a word was said to that person. What? Stuff like that just took me out of the story.

The narrator for this listen was different than the book I listened to earlier. He had a nice voice but you could tell he narrated the book at different times of the day. Every once in awhile, during chapter transitions, his tone and cadence changed. This was a challenging book though. There were British and Greek accents as well as French and German, if memory serves. That was a lot to keep track of!

I wanted to like this listen but while I didn't hate it, I've lost the desire to continue with the series.

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Art and mystery

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, too much trivial story telling of family, not enough suspense and mystery.

If you’ve listened to books by Aaron Paul Lazar before, how does this one compare?

Better.

What about Lou Hecker’s performance did you like?

Good diction and cadence.

Did The Liar's Gallery inspire you to do anything?

Not particularly.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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  • caroline wright
  • 09-12-22

Yet another enjoyable book in this series

I am really loving this series and have got so invested in the characters and family. Great narration and story, the only issue I had was Byron came to the funeral but Gus didnt. I know that there were reasons why the two lost touch, and it worked for the story, I just felt a bit let down by Gus. I am really invested in the series as you can tell.

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  • Debbie McLean
  • 07-23-20

fantastic

I totally love all the books from the pen of Aaron Paul Lazar and this one is superbly narrated by Lou Hecker.

The characters are now part of my family xxxxxxx

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