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The Gauguin Connection

(Genevieve Lenard #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  8,861 ratings  ·  955 reviews
ASIN B008X3NCRE moved to the most recent edition

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

A straightforward murder investigation quickly turns into a quagmire of stolen Eurocorps weapons, a money-laundering charity, forged art and high-ranking EU officials abusing their power.

As an insurance investigator and world renowned expert in nonverbal communicat
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 434 pages
Published August 12th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services (first published August 1st 2012)
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Susanna It was an intriguing read. The protagonist is refreshing with her insight about body language. Her interactions with the other main characters are qui…moreIt was an intriguing read. The protagonist is refreshing with her insight about body language. Her interactions with the other main characters are quite humorous. Quite enjoyable and if you love a good mystery, art, etc. This is the book for you.(less)
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Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4,75 stars - English Ebook 🦋🦋🦋
Quote from the book : I was genuinely glad that I had confidents in Philip the day my handbag had fallen of the chair, spelling its contents. The emmbarrasment of that I was facing right now. I heard a rustle in my handbag and then the magical empty music staff paper appeared in front of me.
“ Here’s a pencil aswell. Manny and I will give you a moment.” 🌹🌹🌹
WoW what a lead character and so well put into the story that you all ready know what here reaction to situatio
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
You can read other reviews to get a sense of what is good about the book: a unique main character and perspective, complex story, etc. I wanted to mention the things which I didn't like about it.

The first is a minor one: Genevieve claims to have had sex before, but since she makes such a big deal about Colin being the first person whom she doesn't mind breaking her 50cm distance rule, this seemed very improbable.

The second is more major, but not deal-breaking: at the end of the book, Genevieve a
Richard Derus
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Murdered artists. Masterful forgeries.
Art crime at its worst.

A straightforward murder investigation quickly turns into a quagmire of stolen Eurocorps weapons, a money-laundering charity, forged art and high-ranking EU officials abusing their power.

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
Anne Du
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought the book last night thinking that it looked interesting, something different. Little did I know that I was not going to sleep much. Genevieve pulled me into her life from the first page and would not let go. I loved the dynamics between all the characters, but it was Manny and Vinnie that really got to me.

This book is intelligently written, has great character development and a very intricate plot. There is a good balance between the mystery and the characters to keep driving the story
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-on-kindle
I chose this book based on the high reviews, but I was overall disappointed with it. I felt that it was Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets White Collar, but instead of being entertaining, suspenseful and well developed, it was a fairly flat narrative of the events. This book has a ton of potential and could be a fantastic story, but it is poorly executed. It is an easy read, but many times I wanted to put it down because the author never succeeded in creating any suspense or tension. I finished t ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
And then Estelle Ryan said "What if my main character was a high functioning autistic woman with a weird quirk she uses to settle down?? I'M ON TO SOMETHING!!" And then she wrote this book. She was not on to something. This book would have been better served making the main character a perfectly normal person who's job it is to read body language/work out fraud, instead of a high functioning autistic woman who *gasp* does not understand social situations and takes everything literally!!!! Those ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

It amazes me how much a connection to a character plays into one’s enjoyment of a book and willingness to go along with a plot line. This is the first in a wonderful series I've just discovered. Genevieve is a highly functioning autistic person with a phenomenal memory. Think the Temple Grandin of the art world. She needs calm and predictable which is just what she doesn't get when she takes on a complicated case involving weapons theft, art forgeries, money laundering and murder. I love her abi
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
How does a book like this get so many four star or better ratings? I had to force myself to keep reading through the repetitive and irritating dialogue. Granted, we are given an attractive and exotic-for-many setting (Strasbourg, France) although everyone mostly speaks English and 80% of the narrative takes place in an apartment in front of three computer screens. Granted, also, that there is the structure for a pleasingly complicated and intricately connected conspiracy to uncover, intertwining ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
“According to the officers he shouted, ‘The red will end all twenty-seven daffodils. We will just have to sit back and watch. No one will escape the red who is all-powerful’.”

Still fighting the urge to grab the clean sheets of paper and write some Mozart, Dr. Genevieve Lenard listens to her boss' friend, Manny Millard sum up what clearly seems to be a straightforward murder case. The World renowned nonverbal specialist and art fraud investigator doesn't understand why the EDA needs her help. So
This book was truly marvelous. A real delight to read. A true gem that I am so glad to have found (thanks Fire Department eBooks!). Mysteries -- especially murder mysteries -- can be so hackneyed. I've read and watched my fair share to know that after a certain point, there are only so many protagonists, law enforcement agencies, motives, crimes, and crazy twists that you can incorporate before it either becomes boring or completely unbelievable. The Gauguin Connection defies that unfortunate re ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters!! Genevieve is different from all the characters we normally find in mysteries/thrillers/crime novels. It was well written, easy to read, difficult to put down.

Loads of conflict to keep the pace tight. Complex storyline, but easy to follow - I did not get confused even though there were a lot of factors involved in the murder of that young student.

The secondary characters were great. Colin, Vinnie and Manny were so clearly depicted that I know exactly what they look like
Aug 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
This slow dull 'thriller' introduces Dr Genevieve Lenard - apparently a "high functioning autistic" that works on art insurance fraud cases but now gets drawn into a case of stolen military weapons and multiple murders. Unfortunately in the hands of this unskilled fiction writer, the material reads in a plodding pedantic way with no sense of building tension and drama or how to reveal twists. Also what could've been a really fascinating central character becomes a stilted parody with so many con ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is one of the worst books I've read in awhile. The only reason why I finished it is because it's for a book club meeting I'm going to next week at an art museum - and I feel bad that I suggested that we read this book. I had been meaning to read it for several years, ever since my late father recommended it to me. Unfortunately, I can't go complain to him and ask him why in the world he liked this book so much.

First, I'm tired of the female savant protagonist. Stephen King has Holly Gibney
Jennifer S. Alderson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Fascinating mystery about an autistic insurance detective assigned to an art forgery case. The art was secondary.
Sharon Michael
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plan-to-re-read
Thank goodness I discovered this on the only day it was free (once in a Blue Moon)as I probably would not have risked it otherwise and would have missed a great read. This one turned into one I hated to put down, a real page-turner. I'm still not sure how the author managed to maintain such a high tension level throughout an international mystery/thriller with very little actual action scenes, but she did it and made it seem effortless.

There were a number of things I would have expected not to l
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Genevieve Lenard, a psychology doctor with a specialty in reading body language cues, works for a company which insures art, helping her agency sniff out forgers and forgeries and such. She is extremely bright, strongly computer literate, oh, and autistic. The idiosyncrasies of autism, the blunt honesty and black/white view of the world, as well as organization to an extreme degree and tactile defensiveness are the basis of a whole character who is easy to like. Her body language reading ski ...more
Tracy St Claire
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it
The Gauguin Connection is a mystery thriller about art thefts and murders. The hook this author has is the protagonist has high-functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Written in first person. If you know me and my background (my family has some Autism, ranging from very low to very high functioning) you know that I will either like or hate this book. So many attempts are done poorly by posers, and aren't (almost) all of these authors posers?

Would you accept the word of a hearing person about
Sherry Roberts
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my first meeting with author Estelle Ryan and her incomparable Doctor Genevieve Lenard, and I had a grand time with them. I found the character of Doctor Lenard fascinating. She has high-functioning autism. To keep from getting lost in the darkness (the extreme focus that people with autism fall into for hours, days, months), she copies in her head whole Mozart concertos.

It is amazing to watch this main character balance her need for order and cleanliness and the disorder and dirt of a
John Du
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime/mystery readers
Brilliant! I'm an avid crime/mystery reader and have really enjoyed this fresh voice. It's well written, has interesting characters, a good story and is different from all the other mysteries on the shelves. Different in that the main character, Dr Genevieve Lenard, is high functioning autistic. The story is told in the first person which immediately made me feel connected to her. She struggles with emotions, routine, social interaction - things that I assume would be problems for autistic peopl ...more
Michelle Bacon
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Great action thriller

The great thing I enjoyed the most about this book is the flawed main character, Genevieve Lenard. She has a form of autism that really makes her an interesting character.
Young artists are coming up dead with strips of actual paintings placed with their bodies. This one is about Gauguin's Still Life painting that has been forged.
The young, aspiring artists are forced to replicate these fine art pieces and are then killed. Along with a couple of criminal art thieves, Genevie
Lynda Kelly
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is easily a 5* story but let down with a 3.5* presentation, I'd say, so I can only give 4* on an average. What a shame as I loved the story and the great characters she's created. I do feel a little aggrieved at some of the reviewers bleating about Genevieve not being totally true to the life of someone with her condition. It's fiction, for goodness' sake and I didn't feel I lost out, since I wasn't wanting to read a book about Autism or Asperger's or whatever she has. That's just her backg ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Estelle Ryan is a delightful new author for me. I really enjoyed her writing in the first Genevieve Lenard series of a conspiracy for forged art, corruption in international policing with good-guys versus the baddies. The protagonist, Genevieve, is a highly intelligent young woman coping with some level of autism. I know very little about the autism spectrum, so cannot evaluate whether it was accurately portrayed. However, the story seemed totally feasible from that point of view and Ryan made t ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks

I loved everything about this first opus. Great characters, awesome plot. Complicated enough but not too intricated either. I particularly liked the characters in this novel. The main female character was splendidly approached, extremely quirky in a positive way. The dynamic between each characters was well described at all times, very pleasant to follow. On to Volume 2!
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Another kindle read. This was a free kindle book that I got when I started following bookbub, but I had never gotten around to reading it. Now I am sorry it took me so long to read it. Main character is autistic, though has trained herself to be able to function in the everyday world. While the story itself is a bit over the top, the insight into how special needs people can, and do survive in a world where they are looked upon as "weird" is excellent. This is one series that I will be continuin ...more
Sushan Konar
Jun 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime-mystery
It's just another of those American pulp-thrillers,
only in an European setting. The author is simply
in love with unnecessary theatrics and long-winded,
often confusing plot threads. The heroine having a
form of 'high functioning autism' adds some novelty
value but soon gets pretty irritating. As far as the
'whodunnit' part goes, the storyline is quite pathetic.
The book even fails to give a feel for the European set
up properly. I would not touch another book by this author.
Penny Watson
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adored this book. Now I have to read the whole series!

Very entertaining mix of art history, suspense, and engaging characters. The suspense and pacing were perfect. The protagonist and her quirky behavior were so endearing, as was the budding romance with the undercover art thief.

Off to buy the next book!

Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anybody who likes thrillers
I love Dr. Genevieve Lenard. She reminds me of Dr. Temperance Brennan, from Bones a little bit, and also of Dr. Cal Lightman from Lie to Me. A brilliant psychologist with high functioning autism, Dr. Lenard is the third best "reader" (of human emotions, verbal, and non verbal signs) in the world. She is however, not the best at using said readings in social situations. She is complex, nuanced, and layered; much unlike the many female protagonists that I have come to read about today. She spews f ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 - i'm so happy I discovered this series - it's very entertaining, all these different types of characters, these misfits obliged to work together even if they loathed each other, to make sure to arrest the real bad guys - cann't wait to read all the other books in the series ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shari & Ed  Galloway
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting characters

This is an enjoyable book with interesting characters whom I grew to like very much. Not filled with lots of violence or sex, just enough action to keep you intrigued.
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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 ...more

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