Coveralls

      Darryl Matter
Coveralls

The year was 1921, and Sheriff Bill Brewster had a murder on his hands. His only possible link to the killer was a pair of blood-stained coveralls discovered in a trash can. Forensic science was in its infancy in the early 1920s, but in the hands of Dr. Winslow Tegan, the coroner, those coveralls would provide a number of clues to the killer's identity.The Spirit Forest is home to many spirits, so wandering through it when the moon is full is not a good idea. But little Maria, so naive, decides that it would be a safe bet to wander through the Spirit Forest anyways. While she's having her adventure, she and her "friend" get kidnapped by a ghost known by the name of Ember, and on her journey she learns many valuable lessons - especially the value of friendship.
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    No Leads to the Killer

      Darryl Matter
No Leads to the Killer

The year was 1927. Sheriff Taylor had a murder on his hands--and no leads to the killer. Fingerprinting and other scientific methods of solving crimes had not yet been developed. NO LEADS TO THE KILLER is the story of how a resourceful rural sheriff got his man.Nathaniel S. Round’s newest chapbook, “Clefts of the Rock“, morphs back and forth from the banal to the sordid in such a liquid manner as to celebrate both Jerry Mathers suburban ordinariness and Bukowski’s silken, boozy vision. A stanza from “In Rain on Rain” demonstrates this: It’s all very depressingYou grab a Valium and a glass of wineAnd advance to the endE-man is standing over a dead PennyWho died in that scene you hateWhere she polishes off that out-of-date cheese dip Mr. Round’s story/statements are secret languages (You are a Holy See sea sick host) that in their brevity expand into volumes of thought and history. Although Round’s free verse poems do not flaunt internal rhyme, there is a perfect rhythm to them that poeticizes a commonplace sentence. If I have to criticize anything in this collection it would be his poem, Arise, because of the end rhymes. However, he still manages to stay away from that sing-song quality I find distracting, so it may be less of a criticism than a personal preference. Mr. Rounds also gives us a sophisticated, dry humor in several of the poems, most noted in his “Judas with Honours” which caught me laughing loudly out loud. Nathaniel S. Round’s dualities and juxtapositions are brilliant. The last line of his final poem simply resonates with imaginative possibility: One eye envying the dead. It is a joy to read poems that are not contrived, not regurgitated, derivative attempts at wordsmithing, but poems that make you feel as well as think. Someone, like Nathaniel S. Rounds, who shows you without sentimentality, without melodrama and without judgment what you already know but have not taken the time to examine fully… well, now…. that is a poet. --Alice Shapiro, Poet Laureate of Douglasville, Georgia
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    Dead Man

      Darryl Matter
Dead Man

The year was 1903. It's near midnight, and Sam's Saloon is bustling with activity when a young stranger burst through the door. He's looking for the sheriff because he's just seen a dead man out east of town--and there's a piece of paper with writing on it clutched in the dead man's hand. The killers are in that saloon--and they want that paper before the sheriff can get it.When you say that you love someone, is it about you? Do you try to control others to make yourself happy? Or are you learning to love as God loves? Many of us go through life thinking we love others, when we really don’t. We seek to be loved, when it is us who should do the loving, and in God’s way - not the worlds. Come and learn how Marty and Tom Madison, with their two sons Tyler and Sam learn this lesson in the wilds of Brandon Creek, Idaho. A small town struggling to exist in the shadows of the mighty Tetons, where Tom has been assigned as a Village Mission’s pastor at an old Methodist Church. Learn to love God’s way, in true love. To be patient, kind, not envious or proud, to not dishonor others or seek your needs over theirs. To avoid anger, and keep no record of wrongs. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails, and neither should we as His children.
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    Uncle Ezra's Cat

      Darryl Matter
Uncle Ezra's Cat

"Uncle Ezra," as he was known, the 90-year-old semi-retired cemetery caretaker, has one real friend--the cat called Blackie. When Halloween came around, Uncle Ezra would do his best to keep the vandals out of the cemetery. At his age, however, Ezra is too old to chase them away as he once did, but Blackie is there to help him--as only Blackie can.Cynnes Tarth has a secret. The people have forgotten what lies within the fog, but they do remember to be careful. Don't let the children play too much in warmlake. Don't go into the forest. Most of all, don't show any interest in the brinlins that live among the reeds. But Marim, a young Tessilar stranded on the island, doesn't know the rules. In hopes of establishing herself as a healer, she agrees to see a boy who is wasting away no matter how much he eats. When she recognizes his affliction as magical in nature, she must deduce what no one can tell her if she hopes to save his life.
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