The Gauguin Connection

The Gauguin Connection

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by Estelle Ryan
     
 

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Murdered artists. Masterful forgeries. Art crime at its worst.

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

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Murdered artists. Masterful forgeries. Art crime at its worst.

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 more 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 more artists from being murdered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045687676
Publisher:
Estelle Ryan
Publication date:
02/10/2014
Series:
Genevieve Lenard Series , #1
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
4,964
File size:
505 KB

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Meet the Author

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 is insatiable in the quest to still the hunger for more life experiences. She's written for numerous international magazines, was the editor of a European lifestyle magazine and has seven out-of-print 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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The Gauguin Connection (Genevieve Lenard, #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 217 reviews.
SnowHillReader More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up in the free section. I have read good books and I would categorize this as a great book!  The character of Dr. Lenard is amazing and I give incredible credit to the author in writing her so well.  Her spectrum disorder is believable and makes her interesting. Other reviews find her difficult but her character makes the book intriguing. I would highly recommend it. It is a great book for the beach or a rainy day.  I had a hard time putting it done once started. I think many will find it an enjoyable read.
otterly More than 1 year ago
nook book If you like really long books--over 900 pages--this one is for you. I felt that the story could have been told more succinctly. It is told in the first person by Genevieve Lenard, a researcher, who suffers from a form of autism. She also is lacking in social skills. Young artists have been killed, paintings have been forged, and an organization needs to be prosecuted. Jen works for Philip, who introduces her to Manny, Two former criminals join the group, Colin and Vinnie, who becomes her bodyguard and live in cook. It started slowly, but did become interesting. This is too long to recommend for book group discussions. I might read another in the series, but not right away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise of the book is good. The main character could have been very interesting and dynamic. However, she comes across annoying and unlikable at times. The author packs too much information into some aspects and not enough into others. She also beats the reader over the head with the main characters proclivities. I was intrigued by some scenes and bored to tears by others. Not the most enjoyable read, and I probably won't continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different! The main character is different from most books protagonists. It made for an interesting read, also a fast one. I enjoyed Genevieve's different thinking patterns, the relationships between the characters and the well-developed mystery. I bought the second book and hope it will be as great as this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Estelle Ryan writes so well showing how some autistics' have poor social skills that can annoy others. But as with real, true friends, you learn to overlook some traits because the sum of that person is so much better then a few parts. Great first series read, can't wait to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Genevieve Lenard is not your typical heroine; as a behavior analyst and a highly-functioning autistic, she struggles to cope when her world is disrupted by a charming thief. After reading several mysteries, I found Genevieve refreshing and unique. The author does a good job showing the world through Genevieve's slightly detached viewpoint and the reader can understand what is going on. The characters are well-rounded and developed and everything was well-researched. It only has four stars because I didn't like the characters dropping the f-bomb when they got agitated or excited, but other than that, this was a very excellent read. It made me buy the next book in the series.
ChelseaManchester More than 1 year ago
The first person perspective of this novel is of the protagonist, who is somewhere on the spectrum of autism. This gives the novel added lightness, when Genevieve takes absolutely everything literally. Her growth in the novel is fun to watch, as are the workings of her amazing brain with lists and body language. The actual plot is intriguing, taking in weapon theft, the art world, foreign intrigue, and murders. I was delighted each time I had a chance to pick it up, and found myself reading some bits aloud to my husband.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Law and Order CI and Robert Goren, Vincent D'Nofrio's character. I say this because he has an expertise in micro emotions, like the protaganist Genevive Lenard in what hopes to be a very enjoyable series of quirky mysteries by Estelle Ryan. Yes, there were times that the repitions of the standards of studying people got rather "fussy", but then I'd take a break and come back later. What I never got was why the strip of Gaugin's painting ever. really. mattered in the long run
KDV More than 1 year ago
A giant step above the norm. Keeps you glued to your seat. Love the primary character and her quirks. Love the development of the protaganist, who by social norms is an outcast. As the author peels back her traits, strengths and vunerabilities, I find her lovable and intriguing. Out .of the box chracters and plots
MAC_Nook More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much:  interesting protagonist, point of view, and different sort of crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this was like getting trapped in a spider's web. I got caught up in the action and intrigue as well as the subtle romance. A very well written book and recommended reading.
jrkuper More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and the way she developed her characters. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr Genevieve Lenard is an intriguing lead character and the mix of supporting characters is both fun and interesting. I loved the book. Upon completing the book, I immediately purchased the second book in the series. I can't wait for the third book to come out.
ckpouncy More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Genvieve Lenard is a wonderful character, written with well-researched knowledge and insight. I particularly loved the way she has turned her disability (autism) into not only an ability but uses it to become a respected authority. Great message! Can't wait to read the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't want it to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much that I bought  the next one in the series, The Dante Collection." Loved that too and am about to buy another .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book - the plot, the characters, the author's writing style. It held my interest from beginning to end, and each time I had to set it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it to see what happened next. I'm looking forward to reading the next story about Genevieve and her new friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give this 3 1/2 stars and probably higher if my scheduled had allowed me to read it more quickly. At times the story line seemed to drag but the ending was good. Enjoyed the characters and will definitely read other books in the Genevieve Lenard series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mystery which keeps the reader hopping! Reading this book had me going to an art history volume to check the information and to take a look at Gauguin's artwork again. A very enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story line grabbed you right from the start with drama, suspense, and even humor thrown in. Loved Dr. Leonard and her ability to use her autism in seeing through people and solving crimes...a different twist for sure, but an exceptional one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every page was entertaning kept thinking...I hope this is a series. I think Dr. Lenard is very likeable as are the other main characters. Cozy up and enjoy...this is not brain surgery..its just plain fun. I wonder if those who analize books to death ever really enjoy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first I'm reading work by this author and I was entranced. I love a plot with twists and turns. It reminds me of Dan Brown books. I'll be reading the rest of the series as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the characters....have read thru book 3. Still like it!
ki-magic More than 1 year ago
Great read.  A fun, funny high functioning autistic woman makes the "normal" characters appear silly.  Well written. Interesting dialogue.
specialangel87 More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent from beginning to end. The characters were a very diverse group who would normally not work together. However, the circumstances that brought them together are entirely realistic. All the characters were likeable. A real page turner. Some of the reviewers obviously have no understanding of how people with autism behave. Jenny is a super intelligent woman who has autism. Having been around people like her, I can say the author did an excellent job portraying her eccentricities and showing her in a positive light. I plan to read the entire series.