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Everett Holmes: The Case Of The Forged Fingerprint Killer-  was written by Erik Ekstrom and published by Vigilante Publishing Group   in 2011. You may purchase it at Visit the author on Facebook.

By Erik Ekstrom

 A sadistic serial killer is on the loose, carving up the mean streets of Chicago one body at a time. Taunting the elite group of investigators assigned to the case, the killer leaves behind a bloody path of carnage, and a purposely placed trail of clues in the form of fingerprints; fingerprints that belong to some of the most horrific serial killers in recent history. The problem is…they’re all dead.

Private Investigator Everett Holmes, great-grandson of the infamous Sherlock Holmes, is a man who has been dealing with his own personal demons for years. His incessant drug and alcohol abuse has only increased since solving a case that would make even the most seasoned investigator beg for mercy. This however,  was just the tip of the ice berg. Everett’s true struggle is his inner competition against a long line of Holmes men that had taken the law enforcement world by storm for generations. It was a competition he feared he would never win.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a doctor but he was universally known as a writer who enjoyed writing crime fiction.  From his pen came the character Sherlock Holmes- whom we all know as history’s premiere detective. Holmes used his keen logical reasoning and forensic science skills to solve several heinous crimes of his era. With a potently prominent gene pool in place- Sherlock’s talents are passed onto the generations that followed him as Erik Ekstrom effectively re-creates a modern day Sherlock Holmes in the personage of Everett Holmes- the great grandson of the famous investigator.

The glue that held this story together came during a scene where Everett had a dream about a horrific event, which is central to the story, in which he meets the famous relatives of his past, including a pipe smoking, advice giving Sherlock Holmes. This sequence helped to enrich the main character and it gave him a likable, interesting persona that stuck with him throughout the rest of the novel.

This novel travels faster and gets better as you go along- sending you into a few twists and turns, successfully utilizing all the parts of a good crime novel. I will give the author much credit  but the one thing I won’t give him is… the finger.

I give Everett Holmes: The case Of The Forged Fingerprint Killer 4 stars.

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How To Die In Paris-  was written by Naturi Thomas and published by Seal Press  in 2011. You may purchase it at Visit the author here : How To Die In Paris. Com

By Naturi Thomas

How to Die in Paris is an edgy, poetic, often darkly comic, memoir of a young middle-class black woman who escapes a tortured past in New York to pursue a new life in Europe—only to find herself broke, desperate, and contemplating suicide on the streets of Paris.

Within the lavishly long and capturing shadows of the Eifel Tower, a young woman walks a tortured  existence; searching to find a way out of a broken present and a haunted past.  On several occasions the alluring resolution of suicide beckons- but at each juncture of the call of death she finds a savior- in the form of several careworn men who are themselves searching for meaning and direction in life. She eventually realizes that no matter how far you move away from your past, even when you plan an escape and leap across a vast ocean, the past can saturate and invade the present. She is finally forced to deal with the truth and the aching ugliness that her very private history has delivered to her.

Naturi Thomas employs a refreshingly honest and humoristic approach to a very raw and dark time in her life.  As with any good story teller, especially within the pages of a memoir, she is able to breathe life and essence into her characters and in doing so she is also hopefully maintaining their interesting and real life personalities.

Naturi is an up and coming writer that should be watched and read at every chance.  How To Die In Paris will put you on the edge of a crumbling life and it will pull you back and show you how important it is to never let go- even with all of life’s challenges.

I give How To Die In Paris 5 stars.

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Evolvement-  was written by Isaac Sweeney and published by Gone Dog Press in 2011. You may purchase it at Visit the author here :

By Isaac Sweeney

A college student faces a supernatural battle on a bridge. A man sees the dark side of humanity after his car breaks down. A writer obsesses over a fictional woman, sometimes forgetting about real life. A strange cat reveals much about a young couple. An elderly man experiences new loves and losses …… watch these characters evolve!

Evolvement is a collection of 9 stories which will leave you contemplating the people and circumstances that make up our lives- and it will leave you wondering where the characters in these stories will take their lives after the author puts down his pen.

In a few of these tales the story either ends abruptly without expanding on a good plot line or it cuts off making me wonder what the point of the story was.  But, the author redeems himself in most of the other stories in this collection. I especially liked Twelve Years From Then which tells of a man growing old, who writes about his life in his journal every day- while enjoying the company of his faithful dog and a female neighbor. This story has potential and I would like to see the character evolve further.

I give Evolvement 4 Stars.

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