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For the Birds (Tall Pines Mystery #1)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  19 reviews
What happens when a parakeet named Ruby gets an unexpected mind-meld with Marcella Hollister's quarrelsome 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 Quinn and bizarre "tips" from Ruby, Marcella butts heads with q ...more
ebook, 242 pages
Published (first published October 14th 2011)
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Looking for a mystery that seems perfect for a Christmas present? This is the book for you. As unusual as it sounds, this book was not one of those dark, depressing, overly suspenseful mysteries...instead, this book was a little touching. The characters, for the most part, were fun to get to know and likable.

Of course, this book does have plenty of exciting parts. There is murder, kidnapping, and evil characters. The reader will learn to hate these antagonists that are causing so much trouble.
Beverly McClure
What do you do when your parakeet starts talking like your mother? A white pickup with two shaggy men inside turns up everywhere you go? Your house is broken into while you‘re at a hotel for a bird contest? Your mother is kidnapped? And that’s just the beginning.

Author Aaron Paul Lazar’s novel For the Birds is the first book in the Tall Pines Mystery Series. From the opening paragraph to the final sentence, Mr. Lazar takes the reader on a roller coaster ride with more twists and turns than a cou
Allizabeth Collins

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 more 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 Quinn
Autumn Blues Reviews
An enchanting, thrilling and comical tale of love, secrets, discovery and learning to embrace those as they truly are.

This is the second book I have read from the author Aaron Lazar and he was already one of my favorite authors from the first read. Lazar’s beautiful, picturesque, descriptive scenes are not only relaxing but also very intense and perceptible. I actually find myself longing to be there in real life. I am being honest here when I tell you that the title of this book first had me a
Lis Carey
This is a delightful, quirky mystery that moves quickly and keeps you guessing. Marcella Hollister is an antiques dealer whose husband, Quinn, enjoys breeding and showing birds. They're taking a few days off from the antiques business to attend a bird show, where Quinn hopes his parrot, Ruby, will win Best New Color. Marcella's mother Thelma, living with them since the death of Marcella's stepfather Raoul, is along for the trip, and in fact is paying for it from the money she's inherited from Ra ...more
Masquerade Crew

The middle half of For the Birds is an intriguing and suspenseful story that has you wanting to read the next chapter. Sadly however the book starts slow and ends even slower. It took some time for the mystery or danger of this book to even develop, beyond being followed by a white van not much of interest happens in the start of the book. It isn’t until a fair bit of time after the connection is formed between Ruby and Thelma that the mystery itself sets in, and then the suspense an
A new paranormal mystery by prolific story-teller Aaron Lazar For the Birds held me in its grip until I finished it several days later. If I’d had more time, I’d have read it straight through.
Marcella Hollister and her Native American husband Quinn (many female readers might lust for his combination of ardor, culinary skills, and understanding) -- owners of a uniquely colored parrot named Ruby – are on their way to a luxurious resort in the Adirondacks when their ancient van is almost pushed off
When Marcella’s mom first proposed paying for a family holiday to a 5 star resort in the Adirondack Mountains dedicated to bird lovers, Marcella was thrilled. Her husband and she hadn’t had a real vacation in years, and since he won’t travel anywhere without his beloved parakeet, it seems like the perfect plan. That’s before they get lost, the car breaks down, two thugs in a white van almost run them over and the bird and Mother get electrocuted in the hotel swimming pool. And all that was on th ...more
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 Quinn are in front. And they’re lost.

Written 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 se
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 sentimen ...more
Darby Karchut
FOR THE BIRDS, by Aaron Paul Lazar, is a wild ride of a paranormal mystery. The plot twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. The characters, especially Marcella and Quinn, are well-written and they have a great chemistry between them.

I have to say I am not a fan of mysteries. Nor do I care for female protagonists and first person narrative. But Lazar crafted such a great story, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in just a few days. It’s that good. Really.

I would recommend this book to th
Joan Young
This book goes in a completely different direction from Lazar's other mysteries in the Gus LeGarde or Sam Moore series. For one thing, it's written from a woman's point of view. Marcella and her husband Quinn are a bit zany to begin with, but then a strange and (as it turns out) hilarious event involving the prizewinning parakeet and Marcella's mother guides them through the rest of the story, which could otherwise be rather dark. This book is not for those who want every detail to be "realistic ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Marsha rated it 5 of 5 stars
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For The Birds by Aaron Paul Lazar is a surprising, fun read. The story is told from the perspective of the main female character, Marcella. I am once again astounded by the range of talent that is Aaron Paul Lazar. As the first book in the Tall Pines Mystery Series, this book brings in completely new elements. The characters are strong, loveable, and so completely human. They are just like you and me, so the story line is easy to get swept up into. I love the little switcharooes that take place ...more
D.G. Torrens
This is the second book I have read by this author. Aaron Lazar weaves an intriguing tale that captivated me from the opening pages. The story begins with Quinn, Marcella and Marcella's mother. They are driving through the Adirondacks, Northern New York. They are on there way to a bird show and have booked a hotel. In the van is also a Parakeet called Ruby who they are hoping will steal the show. What unfolds is a surprising and clever story, one that involves the FBI, a car accident and of cour ...more
In the first book of the TALL PINES MYSTERIES we meet Quinn, Marcella, Thelma and Ruby. They are en route to a bird show at a swanky hotel. Right off the bat there is trouble when Marcella’s mother Thelma is injured and then kidnapped by some criminals looking for old loot from a heist. How are the Hollisters involved? Read and find out as this mystery unfolds. Family secrets are revealed as well so buckle up and enjoy the captivating read.
Like Mr. Lazars other seri
'For The Birds' makes a great holiday or travelling listening. While the plot has a few twists and turns, it is easy enough to follow while driving or relaxing on a trip. There isn't an overwhelming number of characters to confuse you if you're multitasking while listening. Instead you will be utterly enchanted by Ruby, a sassy, talking parakeet, who is brought to life by Hannah Seusy, the narrator.

'For The Birds' makes a great holiday read because no matter what hiccups and delays you encounte
I enjoyed this story.. the characters were really good.. a couple spots were a bit slower for me.. but overall i really enjoyed the story and the way it went. i loved the mystery of it all...
'For the Birds', by Aaron Paul Lazar, is the kind of book that gently pulls you in and hooks you. I loved the depth of the characters - and in particular I really enjoyed Quinn. This book is both exciting in its plot twists and unexpected new developments, and satisfying in its scenic description which really makes you feel like you are there with them. I would certainly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys intrigue, mystery and beautiful settings mixed with a gentle edge of comedy. Lazar m ...more
A very enjoyable audiobook. Just when you think the story is wrapping-up there is another surprise. This is a mystery with a sense of humour. Quirky characters and a satisfying resolution. A great choice for a holiday read.
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Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 23 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at and watch ...more
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