The Gauguin Connection

The Gauguin Connection Alternate cover edition ASIN B X NCRE Murdered artists Masterful forgeries Art crime at its worst A straightforward murder investigation quickly turns into a quagmire of stolen Eurocorps weapons a

Alternate cover edition ASIN B008X3NCRE.Murdered artists Masterful forgeries Art crime at its worst.A straightforward murder investigation quickly turns into a quagmire of stolen Eurocorps weapons, a money laundering charity, forged art and high ranking EU officials abusing their power.As an insurance investigator and world renowned expert in nonverbal communication, DAlternate cover edition ASIN B008X3NCRE.Murdered artists Masterful forgeries Art crime at its worst.A straightforward murder investigation quickly turns into a quagmire of stolen Eurocorps weapons, a money laundering charity, forged art and high ranking EU officials abusing their power.As an insurance investigator and world renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Dr Genevieve Lenard faces the daily challenge of living a successful, independent life Particularly because she has to deal with her high functioning Autism Nothing not her studies, her high IQ or her astounding analytical skills prepared her for the changes about to take place in her life.It started as a favour to help her boss acerbic friend look into the murder of a young artist, but soon it proves to be far complex Forced out of her predictable routines, safe environment and limited social interaction, Genevieve is thrown into exploring the meaning of friendship, expanding her social definitions, and for the first time in her life be part of a team in a race to stop artists from being murdered.

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The Gauguin Connection

  1. Estelle Ryan was born in South Africa and spent her childhood being surrounded by African beauty, nature and diversity of cultures Her first trip to Europe at the tender age of 16 transformed her world into a much larger place, endless in its possibilities and places to explore For most of her adulthood she s travelled all over the world, lived on a few continents, explored numerous cultures and still is insatiable in the quest to still the hunger for life experiences.She s written for numerous international magazines, was the editor of a European lifestyle magazine and has seven romance novels published under a pseudonym With her interest in international politics, arts, crime, behavioural psychology, criminal psychology and music, she decided to combine all these elements in her writing And so Genevieve and the team came into being.She is an unabashed coffeeshopaholic Good coffee, ambience and music in the perfect combination is all that is required to turn a mundane coffee shop into her office The appropriate coffee shop is chosen depending on the mood, the weather, the type and amount of work that needs to be done, and of course the craving of the day All of her books have been written in numerous coffee shops all over the world.

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  1. You can read other reviews to get a sense of what is good about the book a unique main character and perspective, complex story, etc I wanted to mention the things which I didn t like about it.The first is a minor one Genevieve claims to have had sex before, but since she makes such a big deal about Colin being the first person whom she doesn t mind breaking her 50cm distance rule, this seemed very improbable.The second is major, but not deal breaking at the end of the book, Genevieve acts comp [...]

  2. Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says Murdered artists Masterful forgeries.Art crime at its worst.A straightforward murder investigation quickly turns into a quagmire of stolen Eurocorps weapons, a money laundering charity, forged art and high ranking EU officials abusing their power.As an insurance investigator and world renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Dr Genevieve Lenard faces the daily challenge of living a successful, independent life Particularly because she has to deal with her [...]

  3. I bought the book last night thinking that it looked interesting, something different Little did I know that I was not going to sleep much Genevieve pulled me into her life from the first page and would not let go I loved the dynamics between all the characters, but it was Manny and Vinnie that really got to me.This book is intelligently written, has great character development and a very intricate plot There is a good balance between the mystery and the characters to keep driving the story forw [...]

  4. I chose this book based on the high reviews, but I was overall disappointed with it I felt that it was Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets White Collar, but instead of being entertaining, suspenseful and well developed, it was a fairly flat narrative of the events This book has a ton of potential and could be a fantastic story, but it is poorly executed It is an easy read, but many times I wanted to put it down because the author never succeeded in creating any suspense or tension I finished the b [...]

  5. And then Estelle Ryan said What if my main character was a high functioning autistic woman with a weird quirk she uses to settle down I M ON TO SOMETHING And then she wrote this book She was not on to something This book would have been better served making the main character a perfectly normal person who s job it is to read body language work out fraud, instead of a high functioning autistic woman who gasp does not understand social situations and takes everything literally Those last two thing [...]

  6. According to the officers he shouted, The red will end all twenty seven daffodils We will just have to sit back and watch No one will escape the red who is all powerful Still fighting the urge to grab the clean sheets of paper and write some Mozart, Dr Genevieve Lenard listens to her boss friend, Manny Millard sum up what clearly seems to be a straightforward murder case The World renowned nonverbal specialist and art fraud investigator doesn t understand why the EDA needs her help Soon, she ll [...]

  7. This book was truly marvelous A real delight to read A true gem that I am so glad to have found thanks Fire Department eBooks Mysteries especially murder mysteries can be so hackneyed I ve read and watched my fair share to know that after a certain point, there are only so many protagonists, law enforcement agencies, motives, crimes, and crazy twists that you can incorporate before it either becomes boring or completely unbelievable The Gauguin Connection defies that unfortunate reality It is ne [...]

  8. I loved the characters Genevieve is different from all the characters we normally find in mysteries thrillers crime novels It was well written, easy to read, difficult to put down Loads of conflict to keep the pace tight Complex storyline, but easy to follow I did not get confused even though there were a lot of factors involved in the murder of that young student The secondary characters were great Colin, Vinnie and Manny were so clearly depicted that I know exactly what they look like I hope t [...]

  9. Fascinating mystery about an autistic insurance detective assigned to an art forgery case The art was secondary.

  10. How does a book like this get so many four star or better ratings I had to force myself to keep reading through the repetitive and irritating dialogue Granted, we are given an attractive and exotic for many setting Strasbourg, France although everyone mostly speaks English and 80% of the narrative takes place in an apartment in front of three computer screens Granted, also, that there is the structure for a pleasingly complicated and intricately connected conspiracy to uncover, intertwining the [...]

  11. Thank goodness I discovered this on the only day it was free once in a Blue Moon as I probably would not have risked it otherwise and would have missed a great read This one turned into one I hated to put down, a real page turner I m still not sure how the author managed to maintain such a high tension level throughout an international mystery thriller with very little actual action scenes, but she did it and made it seem effortless.There were a number of things I would have expected not to like [...]

  12. This is my first meeting with author Estelle Ryan and her incomparable Doctor Genevieve Lenard, and I had a grand time with them I found the character of Doctor Lenard fascinating She has high functioning autism To keep from getting lost in the darkness the extreme focus that people with autism fall into for hours, days, months , she copies in her head whole Mozart concertos It is amazing to watch this main character balance her need for order and cleanliness and the disorder and dirt of a case [...]

  13. Brilliant I m an avid crime mystery reader and have really enjoyed this fresh voice It s well written, has interesting characters, a good story and is different from all the other mysteries on the shelves Different in that the main character, Dr Genevieve Lenard, is high functioning autistic The story is told in the first person which immediately made me feel connected to her She struggles with emotions, routine, social interaction things that I assume would be problems for autistic people Not o [...]

  14. Great action thrillerThe great thing I enjoyed the most about this book is the flawed main character, Genevieve Lenard She has a form of autism that really makes her an interesting character Young artists are coming up dead with strips of actual paintings placed with their bodies This one is about Gauguin s Still Life painting that has been forged.The young, aspiring artists are forced to replicate these fine art pieces and are then killed Along with a couple of criminal art thieves, Genevieve m [...]

  15. Adored this book Now I have to read the whole series Very entertaining mix of art history, suspense, and engaging characters The suspense and pacing were perfect The protagonist and her quirky behavior were so endearing, as was the budding romance with the undercover art thief.Off to buy the next book

  16. This slow dull thriller introduces Dr Genevieve Lenard apparently a high functioning autistic that works on art insurance fraud cases but now gets drawn into a case of stolen military weapons and multiple murders Unfortunately in the hands of this unskilled fiction writer, the material reads in a plodding pedantic way with no sense of building tension and drama or how to reveal twists Also what could ve been a really fascinating central character becomes a stilted parody with so many contradicti [...]

  17. De Genevieve Lenard, a psychology doctor with a specialty in reading body language cues, works for a company which insures art, helping her agency sniff out forgers and forgeries and such She is extremely bright, strongly computer literate, oh, and autistic The idiosyncrasies of autism, the blunt honesty and black white view of the world, as well as organization to an extreme degree and tactile defensiveness are the basis of a whole character who is easy to like Her body language reading skills [...]

  18. The Gauguin Connection is a mystery thriller about art thefts and murders The hook this author has is the protagonist has high functioning autism or Asperger s Syndrome Written in first person If you know me and my background my family has some Autism, ranging from very low to very high functioning you know that I will either like or hate this book So many attempts are done poorly by posers, and aren t almost all of these authors posers Would you accept the word of a hearing person about how it [...]

  19. A greatly enjoyable read And it was fast I sadly often find myself putting books down, shelving it, forgetting about it and never finishing it, because it got boring somewhere along the line Genevieve and co sucked me in and wouldn t let go Since it is a Kindle book, I also had it on my iphone and spent a few secret moments reading at work A phone is easier to hide than a Kindle I m rambling Back to the book I loved the fact that the main character is not this invincable superhero that are in mo [...]

  20. It amazes me how much a connection to a character plays into one s enjoyment of a book and willingness to go along with a plot line This is the first in a wonderful series I ve just discovered Genevieve is a highly functioning autistic person with a phenomenal memory Think the Temple Grandin of the art world She needs calm and predictable which is just what she doesn t get when she takes on a complicated case involving weapons theft, art forgeries, money laundering and murder I love her ability [...]

  21. If you re a fan of TNT s Perception, you love this thriller series set in Europe Dr Genevieve Lenard isn t your ordinary heroine She s an intelligent mind reader in Strasbourg, working for an art firm She s also interprets body cues as a face reader, and has high spectrum autism That makes her unique and special in her own way When she s been tasked to help find a missing painting at a crime scene, it gets tricky from there There s an interesting array of characters from her boss to Colin Frey, [...]

  22. What a read I got this book a few weeks ago and now I m angry wtih myself for waiting so long before reading it And I m sad that I finished reading it I didn t want it to end The characters came alive on the page and I was hooked from the first page Genevieve is a very strange woman, but extremely likeable And Vinnie is adorable The plot itself had many facets, never getting dull This is the kind of intelligent mysteries I LOVE Please, please, please Ms Ryan hurry up with the next book

  23. Another kindle read This was a free kindle book that I got when I started following bookbub, but I had never gotten around to reading it Now I am sorry it took me so long to read it Main character is autistic, though has trained herself to be able to function in the everyday world While the story itself is a bit over the top, the insight into how special needs people can, and do survive in a world where they are looked upon as weird is excellent This is one series that I will be continuing to re [...]

  24. This was a great read I was drawn in from the very start of the book and fascinated by all of the twists and turns it took as Dr Genevieve Lenard and her counterparts tried to solve an intriguing mystery that involved an international art theft and forgery ring, and the theft of weapons from high profile international law enforcement I m looking forward to reading the next two books in this series

  25. This book is intriguing but is one of those that needs to be tightened up There is far too much repetition The author seems to feel that she has to explain ad infinitum how autism affects the main character and how she reads facial expressions Many of the characters are very flat Collin in particular So he s a nice art thief who can get in anywhere What else Vinnie is probably the most three dimensional but the nickname of Jen girl that he uses in every sentence is very annoying.

  26. JUNK It s just another of those American pulp thrillers, only in an European setting The author is simply in love with unnecessary theatrics and long winded, often confusing plot threads The heroine having a form of high functioning autism adds some novelty value but soon gets pretty irritating As far as the whodunnit part goes, the storyline is quite pathetic The book even fails to give a feel for the European setup properly I would not touch another book by this author.

  27. Wow a very impressive mystery The author really shows a lot of knowledge of art and theft, among many other things I loved Dr Genevieve Lenard, who is an expert at body language and has high functioning autism She normally works in a soundproof room of video monitors, observing the way people interact, but in this book she s forced out into the real world Can t wait to read the next one.

  28. I love Dr Genevieve Lenard She reminds me of Dr Temperance Brennan, from Bones a little bit, and also of Dr Cal Lightman from Lie to Me A brilliant psychologist with high functioning autism, Dr Lenard is the third best reader of human emotions, verbal, and non verbal signs in the world She is however, not the best at using said readings in social situations She is complex, nuanced, and layered much unlike the many female protagonists that I have come to read about today She spews facts, and reci [...]

  29. Not bad, for a free book, but not quite good enough to inch itself up to four stars The conclusion could have been a little, and I mean a little, bit longer to help it seem less like a rush to the a conclusion.Genevieve Lenard holds highly advanced degrees and a reputation for excellence in her field She is also diagnosed as Autistic and is recruited to solve a weapons theft case that soon develops strings of art forgery, murder, and arson.I would argue, from my layman s experience, that Dr Lena [...]

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