Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ten Things to Remember When: Committing Murder (Michelle Lord)

Ten Things to Remember When: Committing Murder
(The Ten Things to Remember series, Book 1)
Michelle Lord
Amazon Digital Services
Fiction, Crime/Humor
** (Bad)

DESCRIPTION: So, you've decided to kill someone. Be it an unfaithful and heavily-insured husband, the neighbor who won't turn down her stereo, or just that weirdo who looked at you funny, murder brings with it a host of complications that tend to trip up the amateur. A little common sense can go a long way toward keeping you out of jail.
A Kindle-exclusive title.

REVIEW: Another vaguely amusing premise that fails in the execution, this little handbook at least knows better than to overstay its welcome, being well under 50 pages long. Lord offers advice gleaned from years of crime TV, both dramatized and true-life accounts, with an overall tongue-in-cheek flair. Though clearly a satire, she goes out of her way to restate that it's only a joke... more than once. She also inexplicably plans to write other Ten Things titles that are serious, as well as more humorous entries. This seems like brand confusion waiting to happen, another sign that Lord doesn't quite seem to know where she wants to go. The humor wavers between flat and almost amusing, often overwritten and just plain inconsistent. There were also numerous small yet annoying editing errors, adding to the amateur feel. Had it been any longer, it would've lost another half-star in the ratings. As it was, being a freebie download and a fast read kept it hovering at the two-star level.

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