Flash Reviews

Twitter For Writers by Rayne Hall

Twitter for Writers is a great book, particularly for indie authors, about how to engage with fans and peers and market yourself on Twitter. I liked that Hall has tips in every chapter for both newbs and more advanced twitter users. Although it’s a quick read, this book is packed with useful advice.

Readers who are looking for tips on how to market their novels without ‘wasting’ too much time having to put forth actual effort might want to steer clear, however. Hall’s advice-from sorting your feed into lists to cultivating followers who are actually interested in buying what you’re selling-will take both time and effort, especially upfront, but Halls’ results can’t be argued with.

Overall, I’m quite pleased I bought this book and have found most of its advice useful and easy to put into practice, and am looking forward to reading more in the Writer’s Craft series.

N or M? by Agatha Christie

N or M? isn’t one of Agatha Christie’s greatest works, but it’s an entertaining, cozy read that stands up to revisits.
Originally published in 1941, when Europe was at war, N or M? follows Tommy and Tuppence, who debuted in a first-world-war romp, in a new adventure. Now a settled, middle-aged couple, Tommy and Tuppence are desperate to find a way they can be useful to their country in the war their children are fighting in, and they accept an assignment to hunt for a suspected spy in a seaside boardinghouse where everyone seems to have sinister secrets.

Although the mystery itself was entertaining, I honestly enjoyed this novel more when the narrative focused on Tommy and Tuppence’s struggles to be taken seriously and prove that they weren’t too old for some more feats of derring-do. The other guests at the house were all appropriately menacing and mysterious as necessary, with red herrings on every other page, and most of the threads tied up pretty nicely at the end (though that thing about which Tommy and Tuppence are in unspoken agreement about at the end made me wish Dame Agatha had lived much longer, so we could have had more adventures).

Overall, while N or M? doesn’t break the mold, it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Review: The Ice Princess

Title: The Ice Princess
Author: Camilla Lackberg
Format: Paperback

The Premise: The Ice Princess, by Camilla Läckberg, is a Swedish mystery set in the small town of Fjällbacka. When the apparent suicide of a successful woman turns out to be murder, one of her childhood friends and a police detective team up to solve the murder and discover its connection to the twenty-five year old of a local man.

The Verdict: Despite some debut-novel blunders and the predictability of its plot twists, Läckberg’s wonderful characterization and skillful use of POV manage to carry the story, and The Ice Princess is a solid and engaging, albeit not groundbreaking, start to a series.

The Rating:  4/5

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