The Gauguin Connection

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Dr. Genevieve Lenard, a brilliant investigator with high-functioning autism, faces her life’s greatest challenge when a murder probe uncovers a web of unimagined corruption. Will she finally learn to work with a team and stop more artists from being murdered? More
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Words: 129,300
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310917202
About Estelle Ryan

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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Review by: Audrey Driscoll on Sep. 02, 2016 :
The main character's quirks assumed way too much importance, to the point of overshadowing the plot. Why were the artists murdered? That question was never answered. And as at least one other reviewer has noted, the main character acted completely out of character in order to produce the "action" scene at the end. My main problem with this book, though, was the main character's incredible ability to "read" faces. This despite everything I have read about autism (admittedly, not that much) indicates that one of the characteristics of people with autism is difficulty with non-verbal cues. So much is made of her problems with euphemisms and idioms, but this apparent paradox is never explained. (Yes, I realize that people "on the spectrum" are not all the same). What kept me reading? Wanting to see if my suspicion as to the bad guy's identity was correct (it was), and the rather amusing bickering that went on among the characters.
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Review by: Wendy Bate on Feb. 03, 2015 :
Just finished and could not put it down !! Fantastic story and characters - especially Dr Genevieve ! I can't wait to read the next one ! Estelle Ryan you are genius - don't stop writing!!
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Review by: Marilyn Velez on July 31, 2014 :
I received this book as part of a LibraryThing Member Giveaway. I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Dr. Genevieve Lenard is a high-functioning autistic. Seeing the world through her eyes and learning how she copes is fascinating for me. I have worked with autistic children, and I loved the insight into her character. I also loved the explanation of how she reads body language. I found that very informative, as that is something that has always interested me. The other characters were well-written and fun, especially their interactions with each other. The plot was complicated, and I would have liked a summation at the end of the story of all the connections, especially between the art crimes and the stolen arms, as I didn't think that connection was explained clearly enough. I will be reading the next installment in this series with pleasure.
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Review by: sonyaluvsjesus on July 26, 2014 :
I love, love, love this book! Estelle Ryan is a genius! 360 pages, every one interesting and fast paced. I could hardly bear to put it down to work and sleep! I will be reading the other books in this series. Great characters and character development. A keeper.
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Review by: Michael Meyers-Jouan on July 13, 2014 :
"I couldn't put it down." Yeah, I know, it's trite - but it's true.
Genevieve Lenard is a fascinating character. The portrayal of autism adds a layer of interest. I've GOT to get the rest of the series to find out how Genevieve and Colin's romance proceeds.

I have only two small concerns. There are occasional bits of awkward grammar, and the deaths of all the forgers is never dealt with satisfactorily - either t should have been obvious from the beginning, or there should have been some exposition.
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Review by: ahoi on July 07, 2014 :
perfect read!
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Review by: MsDiva007 on March 19, 2014 :
The book started out slow but once the plot thicken it became a page turner. Great book.
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Review by: Jules Scot on March 08, 2014 :
What a great read, thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Review by: vikhono on Feb. 23, 2014 :
Brilliant! Had a good read.
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Review by: Ray Hawkins on Feb. 13, 2014 :
An excellent read. A superb plot with more twists than a mountain road leading to an inevitable climax and the final hairpin. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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