Tell Tale

Tell Tale

Stories

Book - 2017
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Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out Who Killed the Mayor? and the pretentious schoolboy in A Road to Damascus, whose discovery of the origins of his father's wealth changes his life in the most profound way. Revel in the stories of the 1930's woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League University in A Gentleman and A Scholar while another young woman who thumbs a lift gets more than she bargained for in A Wasted Hour. hese wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared by the critics to Dahl and Maugham, but why he was described by The Times as probably the greatest storyteller of our age.

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glotet
Apr 22, 2018

Very well done.
Unfortunately, the library does not have the book, Heads You Win, so don't bother reading the 4 chapters of Heads You Win included at the end of Tell Tale.

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FloEh
Jan 28, 2018

I've enjoyed every Archer book ('cept for the Clifton Chronicles - I try not to get into series where I'll need to remember people and vendettas across books ;->) This is no exception - and I really am floored about how many are based on a true story - wish I knew which bits were real. Was also glad I knew who had written The Grapes of Wrath! Lastly, I wholeheartedly concur with McAnnieG re: not reading the teaser first four chapters of the out-in-2018 book "Heads you Win" 'cause I'd also stop reading it on the mistaken belief that I'd already read it.

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McAnnieG
Dec 31, 2017

14 short stories provide some very thought provoking moments, along with some great chuckles.

The challenge of a story that is exactly 100 words in length is present twice in this book. Both made me think long after the story ended. One story even offered a multiple choice ending!
The only issue I had is that a lot of the stories are 'ancient history' in the setting of WW 1 and WW2 though the morals in the stories are timeless and also very British which not many modern readers can relate to.

The Road to Damascus was moving. Joe & Molly & the car park was light-hearted fun.

The book ends with 4 chapters from the upcoming Heads you Win which I refuse to read since next I see the real book I will think I have read it and miss out on another great story.
4. 5 / 5 stars

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nbaquino
Dec 28, 2017

Jeffrey Archer never disappoints.

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cambridgedon
Nov 05, 2017

Jeffrey Archer's latest collection of short stories is worth the long wait. Once again, there is a mix of pure fiction tales and stories based on actual incidents. In his masterful hand (yes, I've read all his books), this is a short but very enjoyable read. The bonus/teaser here is the first four chapters of his new novel which will be out in the Fall of 2018.

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