Thursday, April 11, 2013

Double-Take Tales - Donna Brown

Donna Brown, for those of you who don't know it, is a champion of indie authors.  I got involved in the winter of 2011-2012 with her brainchild, which was then known as Adopt an Indie. Later, AAI morphed into The Indie Exchange, a website and blog featuring tips and advice for both indie authors and the book bloggers who unselfishly promote their work.

But even if you're aware of all that, you may not know that Donna dabbles in writing herself.  Double-take Tales is a collection of three short stories, each just long enough to read on the bus on the way to work, and each with a twist at the end that I, at least, didn't see coming.

My favorite of the three is probably the first one, "Round Trip," which follows the route of a five-pound note (Donna's British, okay?).  The other two stories are called "Poison," in which a woman realizes her husband's nut allergy could be the answer to her prayers; and "C'est la Vie," in which a murderer thinks she's gotten away with the perfect crime.  I wasn't wholly satisfied with the ending of "C'est la Vie," but I won't tell you why because it would give it all away.  And that would, of course, defeat the purpose of the book.

Double-Take Tales is a very short read -- just 16 pages on my Nook -- and I'd say it's worth its 99-cent price tag.