When Gus LeGarde agrees to play piano for the high school drama club's production of "Spirit Me Away", a '60s-style musical he wrote in college, he doesn't expect to face a barrage of menacing pranks played on his fiancée, Camille, and the drama club.
Who's sabotaging the show? And what do they have against Camille? Is it sex-crazed Armand, the Latino teen infatuated with her? Something happened last year that Camille won't talk about, and it has to do with Armand. Gus wants to know what happened, but she's not talking. Could it be Superintendent Marshall, whose past holds horrific secrets related to one of the worst crimes of the 20th century? And why did someone break into Camille's home to steal her beloved mini-dachshund, Boris?
Gus must unravel the mystery before the backstage saboteur stakes his final, deadly claim.
©2006-2013 Aaron Paul Lazar (P)2013 Aaron Paul Lazar
"Upstaged left this reviewer applauding!" (Joyce Handzo, In the Library Reviews)
"....Upstaged is a first-rate mystery that makes the reader want to immediately grab all the other books in the series. Lazar is a talented writer with a heart and an eye for mystery." (Shelley Glodowski, Midwest Book Review)
An avid audiobook listener, I found Upstaged to be a multi-faceted mystery book. Aaron Lazar brings his characters to life and makes his villans vile and helps us love the good guys. As I live in the same vicinity as Aaron, it was fun to be able to meander with his characters in my mind as they went to different places that I know.
I loved that there are such a variety of characters - Cindy and Siegfried who have disabilities but are not defined by what they cannot do. I wondered if Aaron knew some of the mom's in my hometown when I read about Agnes Bigelow the mentally unstable stage mother. His kindness and tolerance come through his writings in his dealings of the gay young man, Nelson Santos.
Robert King Ross' rich voice is the perfect vehicle for spiriting one into the world of Gus LeGarde.
Yes and I nearly did!
Upstaged is not so much written as orchestrated by Aaron Lazary. He brings so many disparate characters and situations together that the book mimics the bumps and traversings on the road of life. Gus LeGarde is helping out with a musical and getting married while he is remembering about the wife he lost and while working full time. We are treated to songs sung by the beautiful voice of Aaron's daughter Melanie woven throughout the book. There are beautiful scenes and delicious dinners. But most of all there is the pervasive kindness and love for other beings that permeates the book.
This was my first introduction to the writings of Aaron Lazar. My first order of business after finishing this review is to load my Ipod with more or his writings!
Aaron Lazar is a skilled writer who weaves the details of reality into his stories; his characters are people I'd love to know. Gus LeGarde is one of my favorites, and his love for his family and genuine kindness shine through--a good man who takes care of those who come into his circle.
The lovely singing voice added to the story and provided welcome breathing room to the tension-filled plot.
Sigfried stays true to his character, which is wonderful, and I loved Cindy and the others. Their personalities are well done and each is unique and distinct. Camille is the most layered character, with new facets and secrets revealed as the story unfolds.
Robert King Ross's laid-back voice kept some of the scenes from descending into melodrama--he was just right for this book.
The story held my attention from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it. I'm looking forward to my next Lazar book.
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