The Fingerprint of Destiny

The Fingerprint of Destiny


Fiction - Mystery - General
323 Pages
Reviewed on 08/14/2013
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Author Biography

Laura Schofer is an awarding winning community journalist who has covered the news on Long Island New York for the past 17 years. She has won journalism awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Press Club of Long Island for environmental as well as investigative journalism. She has also written about Long Island's rich history and the people and places that make America's first suburb a unique place to live.

"Fingerprint of Destiny" is her first novel, which reflects her experience as a journalist as well as her family's Latin American background that hails from Venezuela as well as Argentina.

Additionally, Laura Schofer has written several plays - "Silent History," a play about famous women from Long Island and "Cleaning Lessons," a two character play about a cleaning lady on Long Island. "Silent History" was produced at the Speigel Theatre at Hofstra University in conjunction with a conference on Long Island Women. "Cleaning Lessons" was produced in conjunction with the "Women and Work Performance Project" by NEAR Theatre in Huntington.

Ms. Schofer has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and a BA from Wheaton College. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, The Pen and Brush, and is an associate member of the Dramatist Guild.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In The Fingerprint of Destiny, Elena Borgias Sinclair is a struggling reporter and editor of The Hope’s Point Gazette, a small-town newspaper. A series of landmark homes are destroyed by fire and the community believes that the Latino immigrants are the culprits. It is supposed to be just another arson and a story for Ellie to cover. Everything changes when she finds out that her estranged mother, Hortensia Borgias Sinclair, is one of the latest victims. It might be a destined fate as her mother often claimed, but Ellie suspects that there must be something more to it; something more sinister. She must find out who is the real arsonist and their reason for the crime. This gripping mystery tale is written by Laura Schofer.

The Fingerprint of Destiny is a fascinating mystery with a protagonist who I couldn't get enough of. Author Laura Schofer has certainly got me intrigued with her story. While mystery fiction sometimes has a tendency to lose steam, it is definitely not the case here. Schofer’s inside knowledge of journalism and the setting serves her well, and her skill in crafting page-turning scenarios also helps. She doesn't beat around the bush, thus making The Fingerprint of Destiny very well paced. Her no-frills prose lends itself well to this flawless tale because she just gets down to business without excessively long pauses while the characters examine their motives or engage in some pace-killing reflection.

Overall, this is a marvelous read that kept me guessing and entertained until the very end.