Monday, 15 January 2018

#BookReview: Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer

Title: Tell Tale
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
Published on: October 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781509867767


Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly-awaited, brand-new collection TELL TALE, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.
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.
These 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.


Tell Tale has a very beautiful and simple cover page having an image of a couple. It is very attractive, nicely used the shades of blue, light brown. The title of the book is written in bold with red colour. I loved the cover page.


I love to read short stories and Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer is a beautiful collection of thirteen short stories.
The stories revolve around different themes and few of them are inspired by real events. They are written in simple and easy language. All the stories are very engaging and are full of twists and turns. The characters are very relate able and realistic and are very well described in each story. A reader sticks to each story till the end and it is a pleasure to read these wonderful stories.
The length of few stories are quite long and the author has also given alternate endings for one of the story. The book is fast paced and very engrossing.
Let's dig into the stories:

1. Unique- It is a 100 word story which was a story writing challenge for author.
2. Who Killed the Mayor? - It revolves around a young detective who travels to an Italian hillside town to find about Who killed the Mayor?
3.View of Auvres- sur- Oise- It is a short story about a man who wanted to be a detective and gets his first case.
4. A Gentleman and a Scholar- It is a story revolving around a Phd scholar Dr.Burbage recalling her first day at Yale and the problems she faced.
5.All is fair in love and war- It is about a man who tried to separate two lovers.
6. Car Parking Attendant- It is a very engaging story revolving around car parking and earning money.
7. Road To Damascus- It is a story about a boy who gets to know about his family business.
8.Wasted Hour- It is a story revolving around a University student who wanted to be a writer.
9. The Cuckold- It is a story about a wife cheating for money.
10. Holiday Of Lifetime- This story has three alternate endings and is about a greedy couple.
11. Double or quits- Is about a casino manager who tries to follow orders to prevent the suicides.
12. Senior Vice President- It is the longest story in the book about a old man who tries to find a way for his retirement.
13.A Good toss to Lose- It is about a professor and a student who meet in the middle of the war standing against each other.

One of my favourite story from this collection is Who Killed The Mayor? Overall, a very well written  and a light book and I highly recommend this book to those who love to read short stories.

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* I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange of a review.

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