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Dead Lemons and Pancake Money: fantastic indie published novels by Finn Bell

deadlemons300I’ve just reviewed Dead Lemons by Finn Bell – click on the image to read the full review at

It is indie published by Finn and is a great example of some of the fantastic work out there. A strong cover and, most importantly, good writing as well. He has also got strong reviews on – currently 70 reviews with an average of 4.8. Great job, that is really ace and reflective of the high standard here.

As an academic exercise as someone who is watching this niche, it is interesting to look at how this book is faring in terms of sales. I’ve no idea how many it is doing but I wonder, given the quality, if the sales rank doesn’t quite follow – #39,983 in Kindle Store at the time of writing. Finn has picked some really tough categories as well. My understanding of Amazon category wisdom is that you want to try and sit high in a category – you’ll get more visibility and Amazon’s algorithms will help you out. This is where it currently lies:



Phew. Tough categories. I’d be very tempted to suggest this book could do even better in a niche category. These are high competition categories where the big boys play.

When I read the book I was also a little surprised not to get invited to Finn Bell’s email list but he hasn’t got one at the moment. It seems just about every person recommends an email list in the indie world.

Finn has another book out – Pancake Money. He deserves to do well – great writing and I wish him the very best. He also illustrates how competitive the market is out there for indies. He should be smashing it with books this good and I’d like to think that it will happen in the near future.

First review at Crime Fiction Lover

My first review is up on Crime Fiction Lover. Mari Hannah’s book Gallows Drop and another tricky case for DCI Kate Daniels. Head over there for the full review.

There is an interesting dynamic to writing book reviews and checking out other reviewers. I did take a look at Amazon while I was writing the review and I noticed that Gallows Drop had several reviews already. Presumably these must be from beta readers or ARCs as the reviews were posted before the publication date.

The tone of some of them is, well, a little gushing. That isn’t enormously surprising given that Hannah has a wee army of loyal fans. She’s got a successful series with a popular detective and the authenticity inherent in her police procedurals is brilliant. Perhaps I’m just naturally more reserved and, as a result, I tend to blush when anyone gets too super-enthusiastic.

I’m just finishing the review for Dead Lemons by Finn Bell. I will save it for Crime Fiction Lover and while I’m not sure I’ll ever do ‘gushing’, I can at this stage suggest it is well worth your time.