The Gauguin Connection

The Gauguin Connection

By Estelle Ryan

  • Release Date: 2012-08-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 547 Ratings
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Murdered artists. Masterful forgeries. Art crime at its worst.

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 her high functioning Autism. Nothing - not her studies, her high IQ or her astounding analytical skills - prepared her for the changes about to take place in her life.

It started as a favour to help her boss' acerbic friend look into the murder of a young artist, but soon it proves to be far more complex. Forced out of her predictable routines, safe environment and limited social interaction, Genevieve is thrown into exploring the meaning of friendship, expanding her social definitions, and for the first time in her life be part of a team in a race to stop more artists from being murdered.


  • Mostly Average

    By Joey*15
    I liked the book immediately, but as the pages wore on it became a bit if an endurance festival for two reasons. 1) the complexity of the case wore me down. 2) the predictable and largely trite conversations between characters felt contrived too many times. The nicknames used, and the characters using them were almost comic book in quality. For example, one man, even after gaining the confidence of he heroine kept breaking in her apartment instead of learning to use the door. Also, the huge bodyguard was a domestic diva doing babysitting, chef level cooking and meticulous cleaning, all the while speaking like a child. The main detective was always messy and grumpy, yet he was supposed to be the best in Europe. That said, Jen's naivety from her autism was both humorous and instructional. No one could be that brilliant, and the people I know who are autistic are not as open to others as she, but it seems plausible most of the time and highlights the nature of the condition quiet well. Here the writer earns 5 stars. The book stalled for me at the 3/4 point because yet another world's greatest computer hacker entered. She was another outlier, like everyone in the hook to this point. I felt like the use of superlative qualities got old. It might have been nice to see someone who was more like...normal, not unusually exceptional. I liked the plot, the genre and the setting so I kept reading to the end...which I, the average guy, predicted at about the half way point.
  • The Gauguin Connection

    By DeuceMan’s mom
    It was refreshing to have a subject, of which, I’m not very familiar and expand my knowledge. The main character is a high functioning autistic young women. I was provided with some insight into how this can affect not only the person, but their family and friends. Extremely well-written, exciting and unpredictable. I loved it! I will definitely be reading more from this author.
  • Enjoyable!

    By Myob2
    I don't know much about autism so my discomfort with a few of the MC's reactions seemed discordant. Especially when she went totally out because a non-violent stranger appeared in her apartment yet was able to keep it together when she was attacked by 4 masked men shortly thereafter. I thoroughly enjoyed the premise of the mystery and the way the story unfolded. The author has a smooth style that pulls the reader in deeper with each revelation and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.
  • Fantastic. Filled with intrigue

    By Carole08
    One of the most engaging novels I have ever read. It kept my interest the entire way through. The characters and attention to detail are exceptional. I highly recommend this book.
  • I simply loved this book!

    By R.A. Moore
    Ms. Ryan has created a cast of characters that are both believable and charming. Getting to read this book for FREE is just too much to believe. Ms. Ryan knows how to weavea story. Congratulations on creating a wonderful lead character with an adorable supporting cast.
  • Captivating Story

    By kahukuredraiderforlife
    Expertly written. Engaging and technically descriptive story with characters easily brought to life. Personally I found the main character Genevieve excrutiatingly irritating and sadly it will prevent me from reading the rest of the series, however I HIGHLY RECOMMEND anything from this author. Thank you!
  • The Gauguin Connection.

    By HDulcimerchick
    Excellent story. Having OCD tendencies myself, or, alphabetically, CDO, I identified with the main character. Plenty of clue gathering, emotional conflict, suspense, murder and thievery, with the bad being good and the good being bad. My kind of mystery, all the way!
  • Loved it

    By Lsreadsalot
    I could not put it down, this was a incredible story and intriguing characters. I am hooked can't wait to read the rest.
  • Too hard to swallow

    By Rrowz
    The protagonist looks forward to being revisited by the criminal who broke into her apartment to discuss her current investigation.Still wondering why he couldn't have opted for using the front door or meeting her in a cafe. She supposedly has a condition similar to the one suffered by the insufferable Temperance Brennan of Bones and yet she embraces the insecurity having a strange man breaking into her sacrosanct apartment. I could not get past this deficiency of plot and character and the book offered no other enticements such as good prose.
  • Excellent!

    By Lisa993
    Loved this book! Loved the characters too! Believable and stayed on course, flowed nicely, kept me intrigued. Many facets of art, personalities, and humanity. Looking forward to reading more books from Estelle Ryan. Thank you for offering a peek into what you offer as a wonderful writer for free!