Matthew Livingston And The Prison Of Souls

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Serling High School was just a passing misery to aspiring journalist Dennis Sommers. After all, at sixteen years old, he is merely the junior editor of the school's tabloid.
When tasked with covering a story about a chess contest he meets the obscure Matthew Livingston who is only eliminating three opponents, in three games of chess, simultaneously. But when a fellow classmate/musician is ripped off to the tune of $650, Dennis vows to help ...
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Overview

Serling High School was just a passing misery to aspiring journalist Dennis Sommers. After all, at sixteen years old, he is merely the junior editor of the school's tabloid.
When tasked with covering a story about a chess contest he meets the obscure Matthew Livingston who is only eliminating three opponents, in three games of chess, simultaneously. But when a fellow classmate/musician is ripped off to the tune of $650, Dennis vows to help recover the money and enlists the help of a somewhat reluctant Matthew Livingston.

Along with the ever confident Sandra Small, the three teens, fueled by Matthew's lateral thinking and masterful deduction, set out to catch a thief. Little do they know they are only scratching the surface of a criminal plot bent on destroying many teenage lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595521258
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/16/2008
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,528,876
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Great suspense for teens!

    Matthew Livingston and the Prison of Souls, written by NYPD veteran Marco Conelli is a great suspense novel for teens. This book won the Silver Falchion award at the Killer Nashville suspense writers conference in Nashville this year.

    This book will keep you turning the pages as high school newspaper writer Dennis Sommers and friend Sandra Small help their chess playing genius peer, Matthew Livingston uncover clues to a school theft. When Theo Russell's locker is broken into and $650 for an organization is stolen, the sleuths kick clue discovery into gear. When the culprit is discovered and then disappears, an unexpected turn of events leads these teen sleuths into a path of serious danger. Read the book. It's a quick and exciting journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2010

    Disregard the reviewer below!

    Wow, the reviewer below must have had his mother let him/her out of the basement, or he/she is a terrorist familiar with waterboarding technique that he/she is so familiar with it that he/she refers to it in his/her review. Okay pal, bedtime for you. The next time you want to review a book have your school teacher spot check your work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2010

    How is this so bad? Let me count the ways!

    The only mystery here is how a book can be so stilted and so simplistic at the same time. Sherlock Holmes meets Mystery Inc. just because. None of it works. On the positive side, it's more useful than waterboarding as a form of torture. Recommendations? Almost anything other than this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    A new age of teen crime solvers.

    This is a special one. Matthew Livingston, high school senior smart guy. Not interested in popularity but driven by intense measures to get to the bottom of anything that is macarbe. Dennis Sommers, the teller of the tale is a lot like Holmes' Watson in this dark mystery bathed in real possibilities. The crew is rounded out by Sandra Small, possibly the most fun of the bunch and qualities that would get Nancy Drew to take notice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2008

    Matthew Livingston and the Prison of Souls

    This is IT!!!! Forget socery and media driven trends. Matthew Livingston is the real deal. I fell in love with this book and can not wait for further mysteries from this guy. This is the future of youngsters making a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    Matthew Livingston and the Prison of Souls

    I was sick of Hogwarts and Harry! I was looking for some interesting yet believable characters to read about when I picked up Matthew Livingston And The Prison Of Souls. This was a dark mystery that I never saw coming. Matthew Livingston is a strange high schooler whose methods of crime solving will not be denied. Sandra Small is a brave school mate who is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. Dennis Sommers is the journalist to be, who can't get a good story until he recruits Matthew to catch a thief. The plotting and planning in this book was my favorite. All and all it was a great story with some great characters. This had better be a series!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Matthew Livingston and the Prison of Souls

    I've never written a review before, but I was really blown away by this book (which I came upon somewhat by accident and couldn't put down). I'm a professional writer and a diehard mystery reader who cut my teeth on Nancy Drew adventures, so I'm usually disappointed. But even though the book is directed at the teens, it doesn't aim `low,' or seem the least bit `juvenile' or pedantic: The plotting is exciting (it takes off with a bang right from the first page), the characters are genuinely interesting (a tough feat to accomplish without a lot of dry exposition), the language is smart (hey, kids are reading Shakespeare at this age, right?), and best of all, it's just plain funny. I instantly liked the main character, Dennis, a sweet, self-deprecating high-schooler (and, you get the feeling, a late-bloomer who'll someday run a company, if not the world) who's carrying around a few extra pounds and the kind of normal teen insecurities that will probably have kids immediately identifying with him. He plays a sort of 'Watson' to the (brilliant, somewhat enigmatic) title character Matthew Livingston's 'Sherlock,' and it's fun to watch this odd pair solve a crime together with the help of a (nicely non-stereotypical) fellow student named Sandra. Oh, and the story has a feel of real authenticity to it. (Well, the author's an actual NYPD detective, so I guess that shouldn't be surprising...) One negative: The bolding of certain (seemingly haphazardly chosen) words and phrases throughout is distracting. I hope that if/when sequels come out, the publisher will rethink that device.... But all in all, this is a great read. I hope it's the start of a series--it can't hurt to have smart, INTERESTING books around to encourage kids (and, I admit, adults) to read....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

    Matthew Livingston and the Prison of Souls

    I realized that I was being stubborn in re-reading my old Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew mystery books & not venturing out into uncharted reading. I found this book on a search engine looking for teen mysteries and I was blown away. Matthew Livingston is the wierdest yet coolest teen detective you will ever come across. His shortness with friend and main character Dennis Sommers is mistaken for rude cockiness while it is his sheer confidence in his ability. The other character that rounds out the trio is Sandra Small, who for my money could put Nancy Drew to the test. Matthew Livingston & the Prison of Souls is the book and the Prison of Souls is... well read the book and you will find out, I will not spoil it for you. One thing I can tell you is this is a dark mystery that gets real creepy, real fast. There is no disapointment in this one and I can't wait for book 2 in what promises to be a series.

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