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Every story is unique and with a wonderful twist in Jeffery Archer’s Tell Tale

Tell Tale
Tell Tale by Jeffery Archer

Genre – Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

Pages – 288 pages

Format: Paperback

Source – Pan Macmillan India

LinksPanMacmillan India, Amazon, GoodreadsFlipkart


Master storyteller Jeffrey Archer returns with Tell Tale, a new collection of brilliant short stories. Poignant, engrossing and captivating; this is Archer at his spellbinding best.

Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, 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.


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This was the first Jeffery Archer I have ever read and I shall be forever grateful to Pan Mac for sending me this way because this is one of the best books I have ever read. Each and every story of this book was beautiful and extraordinary. If I was made to choose a favourite among these stories I shall be at a loss because I loved every story. I think each one was unique and different.

The first story, who killed the mayor, was a murder mystery and I kind of predicted the ending but it was worth reading. I don’t know why there isn’t any hype about this book since it is probably ONE OF THE BEST BOOK EVER.

Each of the thirteen stories end with a twist which makes it so interesting. Archer’s narration and writing style is worthy of praise.

It is an easy and light read and it was so addictive that I finished it in one sitting.

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A Wasted Hour was soooo good and the ending twist made me *shook*.A Gentleman and a Scholar was another short story I absolutely loved.

I could continue to rant about how perfect this book was! It was really something and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!







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