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Double-take Tales by Donna Brown

I recently ran across a smart little e-book consisting of three short stories, and I must say, the title intrigued me.  However, I’m such a picky reader that I wasn’t sure if the stories would hold my interest. I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised.

Double-take Tales by Donna Brown, is an interesting read. Hmmm… Or rather, three interesting reads.  This book contains three unrelated short stories– Round Trip, Poison, and C’est la vie.

From the author:

Publication Date: October 1, 2011
Three dark, sardonic short stories that will have you expecting the unexpected:In “Poison,” a psychologically abused wife discovers that her husband’s nut allergy may be the solution to all her problems.In “Round Trip,” a five pound note passes through desperate hands, greedy hands and tired hands before coming full circle…accompanied by a big surprise.

In “Ç’est La Vie,” the police bungle a murder investigation under the watchful eye of someone uncomfortably close to the killing.

Now, a long, overly detailed review is not necessary here.  If I say much more than what is written above, I could spoil it for you.  No spoilers here!  But, this is what I think:
  • These short stories are a good read.
  • If you’re looking for a good story, but you don’t want to delve into a 500 page novel, this is for you.
  • An easy read: No long and overly involved details or descriptions to weigh you down.
  • The reader is immediately familiar with, or in tune with, the characters.
  • Each story is told well, and flows easily from beginning to end.
  • Quite interesting: You want to know what happens next.
  • The endings just might surprise you.

Unfortunately for me, I (involuntarily) tend to figure out the ending midway through almost every book I read.  I enjoy knowing I was right when I get to the end, but I also really love a good surprise ending.  With these short stories, I intentionally tried to NOT do that.  I just wanted to enjoy the stories, and I’m happy to say that I did.

All three stories were good, but I must admit that Ç’est La Vie was my favorite.  I love stories that end with a twist, and this one fell in line with some of my favorite reads.

If you’re not a short story reader, consider giving this collection a try.  I usually read the typical-length novels, but every now and then, I love to curl up with a good short story.  You know… no long commitments!  🙂

Would I recommend this book?  Yes, I would.  These stories are not too deep or complicated, but they are human and contain interesting twists.  They were a nice change of pace, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Available formats:  Kindle (.azw & .mobi)  — This is currently only available in the Kindle version.

Thanks for reading!


6 responses

  1. I have not yet succumbed to the age of e-readers. If it becomes available in print, I’ll definitely check it out though 🙂


    March 12, 2012 at 4:35 am

    • Anita

      I hear ya, Dayle! It took me awhile to get one because I love my printed books, and I’m nonconforming. Haha! I’m very glad I finally broke down and got one. As a writer, and especially a reader, I realized I was missing out on a lot of interesting stuff.


      March 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      • I just can’t do it. There was a short story for a series that I’m addicted to and it was only published electronically . . . I printed it out so that I could read it on paper :p


        March 15, 2012 at 2:46 am

        • Anita

          That is hilarious! I do understand, though. I mean, non-conforming me got an e-reader? Me? It’s even hard for me to believe!


          March 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  2. Thank you so much Anita – I really enjoyed your review and your summing up of the book! It’s currently available on Kindle only – but watch this space!

    Thanks again


    March 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    • Anita

      You are so welcome, Donna! I really enjoyed the stories!


      March 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm


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