Tell Tale

Tell Tale

Large Print - 2017
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In this collection of short stories, Archer gifts us with a dozen different tales ranging from murder mysteries to bildungsromans to war stories based on real events that have critics comparing him to Dumas, Dahl, and Maugham.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432842383
Branch Call Number: FIC SS
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 23 cm
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Sidney Sheldon fans will find this collection of Archer's stories irresistible!

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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.

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.

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

Dec 28, 2017

Jeffrey Archer never disappoints.

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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