CHARACTERS µ For the Birds


What happens when a parakeet named Ruby gets an unexpected mind meld with Marcella Hollister's uarrelsome mother Thelma After Thelma is kidnapped from her hospital bed Marcella must find her somewhere in the tall pines of the six million acre Adirondack Park With the help of her Native American husband uinn and bizarre tips from Ruby Marcella butts heads with uirky bird psychic Earl Tiramisu much to the chagrin of t. Review I agree with other reviewers For the Birds by Aaron Paul Lazar is what I would call a sit back and relax comfy cozy mystery Plenty of action humor and of course murder but the author's writing style is fun and lighthearted than the typical run of the mill murder mystery It is one of those rare multi genre novels that manages to pull off a seemingly intricate plot line without having the reader burst into a sweat At first the book lulled about I enjoyed reading about uinn Marcella Thelma and Ruby although like the family van the story seemed to be going nowhere Fortunately the story jerked back into motion almost as soon as the characters were back on the road and it kept at a decent pace until the end I loved the characters even Earl and was very surprised that Aaron Paul Lazar managed to capture the actions and emotions of several females in a sensitive but realistic way even better than some female authors Personality wise I found most characters to be well developed and diverse however uinn annoyed me I felt that his character was almost too good to be true and I wished that I could have seen into his thoughts like I did with other characters; but overall I felt that every role and relationship played into the plot I actually did not see the ending coming except for a few minor details and I enjoyed the comical true to life and down to earth dialogue throughout I also loved reading about the Adirondacks of New York beautifully detailed and a great setting for the Tall Pines Mystery series I will definitely be reading the next book in the series Essentially Yours For the Birds is a wonderful mystery recommended for readers young adult and aboveRating On the Run 45 I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

REVIEW For the Birds

For the BirdsHe FBI who wants her to stay out of the investigation Why is Tiramisu asking uestions about Thelma's past and the money she's been spending The FBI agents hint that it may be related to an unsolved fifty year old bank heist but Marcella can't believe her annoying but honest to a fault mother could be involved Across the rugged Adirondack park landscape a brutal scenario evolves where the good guys aren't what they s. As I get older I find that I'm less and less willing to work hard for a read That isn't to say that I don't like rich deep characterisation complex plots or intriguing well crafted settings I just don't want to have to take a lot of time or energy to become absorbed into them That's why Aaron Paul Lazar's mysteries are always such a pleasurable reading experience for me They're easy without being facile They're lighthearted and fun without being silly and they're warm without sentimentality You can't help liking the characters and admiring the way in which they use brains and integrity rather than brawns to outsmart the bad guys The newest series is the Tall Pines Mysteries of which For the Birds is the first book Like all of Lazar's books the settings are based on places Lazar himself knows well and are beautifully depicted showing a respect for the uniue beauty of nature The Tall Pines are all set in the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks regions of New York with their white water lakes tall trees of course and blue mountains For the Birds is set primarily in a large fancy hotel of the same name designed specifically for bird lovers with a two story glass aviary centre piece surrounded by star shaped rooms radiating outwardThe narrator of the story is the gutsy Marcella Hollister married to the attentive and handsome uinn who has a propensity to walk around shirtless showing off his toned physiue Lazar does a superb job with Marcella it's hard to believe that this novel is written by a man as Marcella admires her husband removes makeup and ponders her relationship with her mother in a way that's authentically female uinn is a good foil for her with his obsessive compulsive tidiness and fear of germs coupled with a tender protectiveness while Marcella's mother Thelma provides a strong comic element with her sharp opinions and generous bankrolling of the holiday The star of the book however is without doubt Ruby their colourful parakeet The vet stepped back with a smile when Ruby raised her little beak in the air and wobbled to her feet She took one false step then trotted across the table to the edge toward uinn and me“You da man” Her weak voice cackled She jumped back into her cage and swung from her wooden perch“You da man Feed Ruby What da heck Gimme cookies”Ruby is not only clever she's the 'paranormal' element as a bolt of electricity causes her to share portions of her personality with Thelma providing much needed clues to the mystery that unfolds when Thelma suddenly disappears Despite the supernatural elements Ruby is utterly believable and by the end of the novel the reader becomes thoroughly enad of her For the Birds is a charming engrossing story that keeps the reader guessing throughout combining fast paced plotting and high uality thematics with fun easy to follow narration and a rich enticing setting It's hard to read this without being charmed by the real affection that the characters have or develop towards one another There's much to be excited about in this new series and I hope we'll be seeing of Ruby and Marcella in future books Article first published as Book Review For the Birds by Aaron Paul Lazar on Blogcritics

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CHARACTERS µ For the Birds ´ What happens when a parakeet named Ruby gets an unexpected mind meld with Marcella Hollister's uarrelsome mother Thelma After Thelma is kidnapped from her hospital bed Marcella must find her somewhere in the tall pines of the six million acre Adirondack Park With the help of her Native American husband uinn and bizarre tips fEem and only Ruby's newly acuired talents provide slim hope for survivalI had the privilege to read the most delightful mystery For the Birds by Aaron Paul Lazar If I had to categorize it I'd call it a cozy with an unusual supernatural touch but in all honestly it was one of the most uniue and refreshing mysteries I've read in a long time with a huge surprise endingMarilyn Meredith as F M Meredith author of Angel Lo. Up in the Adirondacks a husband and wife are on their way to a very special hotel where their wonderful parakeet will shortly enter a contest for best colored plumage Marcella’s mother is in the back of the van with the bird Marcella and husband uinn are in front And they’re lostWritten in first person from Marcella’s point of view Aaron Paul Lazar’s For the Birds introduces a fascinating family about to solve an amazing mystery Marcella’s thoughts about her handsome husband his dress sense his patience his controlling nature are all very convincingly portrayed And the fact that Marcella is no longer as young as she was makes for an interesting protagonist—stubborn self aware with her heart most definitely in the right placeThe happy couple finally reach their hotel only to encounter a web of misadventure and intrigue plus a curious case of mixed up identity The parakeet’s conversation becomes increasingly odd as does mother Thelma’s and there’s a delightfully low key hint of the paranormal in their capersMystery danger hard work and common sense finally lead to an intriguingly satisfying conclusion and while I saw part of it coming I certainly didn’t see it all An enjoyable tale with nice humor clever touches of mystery and intrigue and just enough surprising reality to make the reader think this one’s the first of what promises to be yet another successful mystery series from Aaron Paul Lazar Disclosure I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review