Aaron Paul Lazar

USA Today Bestselling Author

          "If Mark Twain and Mary Higgins Clark got married, their author-child would be Aaron Paul Lazar.” 
Joan Hall Hovey, best-selling author

Welcome! In the mood for some addictive fiction? Feel free to browse, read excerpts, or contact me with questions. The best part of being an author is "meeting" my readers, so don't hesitate to reach out to me at aaron.lazar@yahoo.com.

Mystery, suspense, adventure, romance, thrillers, and a few paranormal thrills propel readers through the Genesee Valley, Adirondack Mountains, Cape Cod, and even Paris, the city of lights...You'll fall in love with the characters and enjoy hating the villains. Check out the eBooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks available everywhere books are sold.


Sometimes the past won’t be laid to rest.

Music professor Gus LeGarde has been happily married to his second wife, Camille, years after his first wife, Elsbeth, leapt to her death from the Letchworth Gorge cliffs. But when he starts seeing a woman around town who looks exactly like Elsbeth, his marriage and sanity are thrown into chaos.

Is she a ghost? A figment of his imagination? Or has there been some kind of horrible mistake, and could Elsbeth still be alive?

As if the shock of glimpsing his dead wife, seemingly in the flesh, weren’t enough, the LeGarde household is struggling with the arrival of strange new neighbors. The Silvermans are secretive and unapproachable from the start—patriarch Ezekiel is hostile and threatening, his adult daughter Serena is clearly terrified, and her teenage son Eli shows signs of abuse. At first they avoid the troubled family, but that becomes impossible when Gus’ daughter, Shelby, starts falling for Eli.

After a string of dangerous events culminates in the elder Silverman holding a shotgun on the two teens when discovered in flagrante delicato, Gus forbids Shelby from seeing the boy. But soon after things are broken off, Shelby and Eli abruptly vanish, plunging both families into panic.

As the Silvermans’ dark past is slowly revealed, Shelby’s life hangs in the balance. Just how far will this family go to protect their secrets?"

See All the Series Here:

Wondering what books to read first? Most of these series work fine in any order, but here's a chronological reading list for all twenty-six titles!

Love to listen to books? You can listen to samples of all Aaron's books on Audible.com. 

The MURDER ON THE BREWSTER FLATS audiobook is now available. I love my new narrator, Pete Milan. He has this amazing "radio announcer" type voice, but also uses distinct and lovely renditions for each of the characters, from Gus and Camille to the guest characters who range from age 2 to a crusty old fellow who searches for his 200-year-old family treasure every day on Paines Creek Beach. You have to check it out - it will give you 8 hours and 22 minutes of listening pleasure while you walk, work, drive, do laundry, or wash the dishes, lol. And it will also whisk you away to the Cape Cod seashore for a treasure hunting adventure like none other!

Here are a few links where you can listen to audio samples or buy the book:

THE ASYLUM: a Carmen Garcia romantic suspense (based on characters in Devil's Spring!) Now available in the boxed set, Love Under Fire!

Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy.

Affairs aren’t permitted between staff members at St. Michael’s Asylum, but Carmen and her handsome young psychiatrist find a way to sneak in a kiss or two in empty storerooms when no one’s looking. It doesn’t take long for her suspicions to rise, however, as she gets to know some of the patients. Why are some kept locked in their rooms, doped to the gills? And where are the two-dozen patients whose names appear on the med lists, but whom she’s never met?

Moreover, what’s so forbidden about the ancient passages snaking beneath the two-hundred-year old monastery?

Something’s off in the asylum, and when nothing seems to add up, Carmen and Micah unite to uncover the truth.

When staff members learn she’s on to them, the threats begin. Can Carmen report her findings before she ends up in the icy Atlantic?

Set on the rugged Maine coast in the dead of winter, The Asylum is an intriguing story of romance and danger, filled with characters you’ll love and breathless action that’ll keep you up way past your bedtime.



Fall in love with LeGarde Mysteries Today:
What They're Saying:
"Aaron Lazar is a master storyteller. He sketches the relationship of man and wife in soft strokes, like a lovely pen and ink drawing on fine paper. A grandparent taking delight in the love of his grandchildren, is a pastel portrait framed in gold. Childhood friendships drenched in sepia tones are like old photographs in a long forgotten album taken from the shelf.  Flowers in a garden, horses long gone from their stalls in a barn, the feel of leaf mold in the hands of a man who loves the earth—are sense memories so strong, that individuals spontaneously manifest themselves in complete fullness upon the page"                    - Natalie Neal Whitfield

"Aaron Paul Lazar is at the top of his game"   - D.G. Torrens

"I hope this series goes on for years! Compelling, transcending, poetic and addictive. Please keep writing Mr. Lazar. You leave us hungry for more!" - Janie Adams, reader 

"I love Aaron Lazar's books! His style is home-spun background that continues to flow while readers are tossed into tragedy, terror and some of the best mysteries you will find!?"   - Glenda Bixler, literary critic

"Aaron's stories that are full of humanity, love, and heartache that is both bitter and sweet always find a way to bring me to tears. When a story does this, you know that the author understands what he has written and gladly accepts the responsibility for what fate brings the characters, but also how it affects the reader. Only the best writers truly know how to do this.  - Debra Curtiss

"Don't Let the Wind Catch You is geared for the sophisticated child within us." Clarissa Simmens

"A truly beautiful coming of age story...Lazar also throws in a lesson to the reader as he takes an issue that is prevalent in today's society and deals with it in a sensitive way through the eyes of a young boy whose innocence has not yet been tainted by the prejudices of our world today." - Cindy Taylor, allbooksreviewsint.com

"Rarely has an author given us such insight into a single character through a book series... It's clear that Lazar has come to know and love his characters and every time he revisits them, he brings out new nuances and depths, so that returning to a Gus Lazar mystery is like meeting an old friend once again." - Magdalena Ball CompulsiveReader.com

Essentially Yours audio book: "Lazar incorporates his love of family and nature and even pulls a little supernatural experience into the story in a smooth style that can only be accomplished by a master writer. The tone of the story varies from intense action to coffee-spewing funny to sweet and weaves back and forth between these without noticeable segues." - Maria L.

For Keeps: "Lazar is a gifted storyteller that he does with words what a painter does with paint...the pages are his canvas. He illustrates such vivid images with his words that we can smell his flowers, taste his vegetables, feel the sand beneath our feet and most importantly feel the love he has for his family and friends that we end up rooting for Dr. Moore on his quest for justice and saving those he holds dear. "   - The Kindle Book Review

"Healey's Cave was my favorite in tugging at my heart strings, then Terror Comes Knocking for edge of your seat adventure. I don't know how many times I've said, 'Get up Sam, come on, you can do it!' in my head, or held my breath (horse jumping scene) while I read. He's so likeable because he's, well, more of a human hero. There are enough Alex Cross' out there, which I love, but Sam makes you feel like 'real' people can be heroes too. (plus, Aaron's descriptions of the surroundings are unmatched by anything I've read, period.)"       - Laura Jenkins

Book Awards

The Seadog

  • Winner Best Indie Book Award 2016, Romance category 

Devil's Lake

  • 2015 Finalist Readers Favorites Awards
  • 2015 Semi-finalist in Kindle Book Review Awards

The Seacrest

  • 2015 Semi-finalist in Kindle Book Review Awards
  • 2014 Best Beach Book Festival WINNER, Romance category
  • 2013 ForeWord Book Awards, Romance, FINALIST

Double Forté 

  • 2012 ForeWord BOTYA, Mystery, FINALIST

Tremolo: cry of the loon

  • 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Grand Prize Short List
  • 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction
  • 2011 Global eBook Award Finalist in Historical Fiction Contemporary
  • 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award 2nd place Mystery
  • 2008 Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books
  • 2008 MYSHELF Top Ten Reads

For the Birds

  • 2011 ForeWord Book Awards, FINALIST in Mystery
  • 2012 Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads

Essentially Yours

  • 2013 EPIC Book Awards, FINALIST in Suspense
  • 2013 Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist

The Disappearance of Billy Moore (formerly titled Healey's Cave)

  • 2012 EPIC Book Awards WINNER Best Paranormal
  • 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award, WINNER Best Book in Commercial Fiction
  • 2011 Finalist for Allbooks Review Editor's Choice
  • 2011 Winner of Carolyn Howard Johnson's 9th Annual Noble (not Nobel!) Prize for Literature
  • 2011 Finalists for Global EBook Awards

Terror Comes Knocking

  • 2013 Global Ebook Awards, Paranormal Bronze

For Keeps

  • 2013 Semi Finalist in Kindle Book Review Book Awards, Mystery Category

Spirit Me Away

  • 2014 AuthorsdB book cover contest, Silver medal.

Under the Ice

  • 2015 AuthorsdB Bronze Cover Award