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Healey's Cave (Green Marble Mysteries #1)

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  48 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Sam Moore's little brother vanished fifty years ago. No body. No answers. What Sam has is a boatload of guilt, since he failed to accompany Billy on his final, fateful bike ride. While digging in his garden, Sam discovers a green marble with a startling secret--it whisks him back to his childhood, connecting him to Billy. Thrust back and forth through time, Sam struggles t ...more
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published (first published August 15th 2010)
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This was an audiobook requested directly from the author on Goodreads's lovely Audiobooks group; both description and sample sounded intriguing. And it is a good story, with a good narration: George Kuch is a unique and engaging reader. My only issue with his reading was his delivery of the toddler's voice, which – combined with a certain brattiness to the dialogue as written – made me flinch every time the child came into a scene. The bedtime scene made me want to go get a hold of this book.

Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, mysteries
Healey’s Cave by Aaron Paul Lazar is a wonderful, mellow mystery, gently wrapped in a mist of paranormal phenomenon. This is not your typical whodunit with detectives, amateur or professional; it is more of an absorbing unravelling of secrets, heartbreak and murder.

Healey’s Cave centers on Sam Moore, his family, friends and the unsolved childhood disappearance of his brother Billy. When a grisly discovery reopens Billy’s case and links it to a serial killer, long kept secrets and fresh danger st

First lot the Sam Moore mysteries. Sam's younger brother vanished at eleven years old. Sam has suffered due to not riding with him when the younger brother got a bike.
Fifty years later a skull starts a new mystery..

A green marble and time trips to the past build the story.

I Reccommend this book.

Sharon Pribble
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Healey’s Cave
Author: Aaron Paul Lazar

One man would find something so powerful yet small that it will change his whole life, take him back in time and allow him to find the answers to a fifty- year old mystery. Sam Moore is a retired family doctor is about to enter a whole new realm. Retirement can bring financial security, time to enjoy your hobbies and allow you to do all the things you want to do and never got around to. But, Sam is haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother Billy and
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When I began to read Healey’s Cave, a new novel by Aaron Paul Lazar, the author and the book immediately captivated me.

I was and still am especially intrigued by how the author as artist has drawn his characters. 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
Megan (ReadingRover)
This is an interesting mystery novel with magical realism added in.
The book is about Sam who's younger brother Billy disappeared when he was a child. Now retired Sam is an avid gardener. He first finds a marble that has magical powers and can transport him into his memories of when he was a child and with Billy. Then while in his garden he comes across the bones of a boy. He is convinced that they are Billy's. The police investigate and find that they aren't Billy's but are in fact the bones of
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the introduction of his newest series, Sam Moore Mysteries, Aaron Lazar has given his many fans another cause for rejoicing. I've just finished reading Healey's Cave which so engrossed me on a busy traveling holiday that it commanded every free second.

Sam Moore, the protagonist, is a just-retired small town family doctor, loving husband, devoted grandfather, avid gardener, and enthusiastic chef. On his first morning of retirement Moore sets out before breakfast determined to eradicate the
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
A deep black cover with a haunting image of a cave invites the reader into this slightly paranormal mystery about surprisingly genuine and normal people. Healey’s Cave by Aaron Paul Lazar tells of a local doctor just entering retirement, looking forward to working on the land round his childhood home. The place holds plants with weeds that threaten to overcome, and memories with sorrows that threaten to destroy them all.

When Sam was twelve, his eleven-year-old brother disappeared. Sam never came
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

50 yrs earlier Sam Moore’s eleven year old brother Billy disappeared thrusting Sam into a deep depression born from the grief. Fast forward 50 years and Sam Moore is a retired physician with way too much time on his hands and a huge garden to tend. Sam is still obsessed with what happened to his brother and best buddy. Was he kidnapped or killed? The mystery will be solved after several red herrings are thrown in path of solving the disappearance. Keep reading you w
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Healey's Cave by Aaron Paul Lazar came as a complete surprise for me. I am a die hard Gus LeGarde fan, so was very excited to meet Sam Moore. This story adds a supernatural twist to a very compelling mystery. I love getting the back ground information on all the characters and the story line in really compelling. Lazar is a pro at the details, which is my favorite part of his mysteries. Sometimes the answers are in the details. A definite must read!
I really loved this book. The mystery was intriguing, and paranormal elements were woven so artfully into the story that they felt plausible. What I loved most was the central characters gentle affectionate relationships, with his grandchildren and with his wife. This was a great story!
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not surprised to find this is a great read. Aaron is one who has yet to disappoint me. He has a way of taking you, the reader into the homes and lives of his characters, and making you want to stay. Bravo!! Another story beyond five stars!!
Jeanne Eveleigh
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good book

I enjoy this author's writing. The Sam Moore character is such a good man. It is refreshing and a good mystery also.
Beverly McClure
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy vanishes on his eleventh birthday. Years later, when he would be sixty-one, there’s still no clue to his fate. Is he dead, or is he alive?

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF BILLY MOORE, by Author Aaron Paul Lazar, tells the story of Billy Moore, the boy that disappeared, and his brother, Sam, who after all those years, still wonders about the fate of Billy. Aaron Paul Lazar is a master at writing mysteries, and in the ook, the reader will wonder the same things that Sam wonders. How could a boy that he’
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This listen kept me interested until the end. I had an idea who the killer really was about 1/3 of the way through but the mystery and story were so compelling, I didn't care. I wanted to know what happened to Billy.

Sam and Billy are brothers...and best friends. Until the day Billy disappeared 50 years ago. Sam has gone on with his life (grew up, became a doctor, got married, is now a grandfather) but he still thinks about Billy everyday and wonders what happened to him. He even goes so far as t
Eric Reeves
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery with a little supernatural flair, and a bit of a weird ending. Definitely didn't see that coming. It worked, but didn't seem quite as plausible as other possible endings.

I did enjoy listening to this book. There were only a couple of times when the descriptions seemed to go on a little long, but for the most part, the author does a great job of setting the scene and allowing us to get to know the characters (especially Sam and his wife). I loved their dynamic and it really worke
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
I received a copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Aaron Paul Lazar's latest series starts with a 50 year old mystery. Sam Moore is haunted by his brother Billy's disappearance. Sam has just retired and is enjoying his gardening when he finds a green marble, much like Billy used to have. The marble 'pulls' him into the past, into thinking about his brother and his friends. The story would have been maudlin except that Sam unearths a skeleton in his garden, one of a string of serial mur
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

There are times a good mystery grabs hold of you and won't let go. There are many secrets that need to be uncovered and the journey to get there is a rollercoaster ride.

I must say of all the Aaron Paul Lazar books I have listened to this has to be the best. It is now my favorite of his.

The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sam is now retired.Working in his garden he digs up a skeleton.He hopes it is that of his missing kid brother that disappeared so many years ago.When it turns out not to be he finds out that his brothers was only one of many kids that have gone missing at specific intervals over the years.While investigating his grandson dissapears and the search is on.George Kutch does a wonderful job narrating.
I was given this book for an honest review.
Pat Mathews
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great r e ad

Loved the twists and turns. Every time I thought I had figured it out something else changed my mind. Made me keep guessing and made me cry. I became totally engrossed with the characters. I loved the emotions and felt them too ; resentment, lack of closure, fear, love, grief , sadness and forgiveness. Highly recommend.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one started out pretty slow and it took a while for the characters to matter but they did finally become real enough that I cared what happened to them. It became difficult to put down and I wished it wasn't over when it ended. Excellent narration, as well!!
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Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 25 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, a romantic suspense series, and a new love story series, 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 ...more
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