Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer

Genre: Short Stories/Inspired by True Events.

Published On: 24th October, 2017.

Print Length: 288 Pages.

Rating: 4.0/5.

About The Author: It has often been said that Jeffrey Archer’s own story would make an international bestseller. His novels and short stories include Kane and AbelA Prisoner of Birth and Cat O’ Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 275 million copies.  He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

About The Book: 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. What makes the book all the more interesting is that all the stories are inspired by true events.

The book contains the following stories (“*” represents the ones inspired by true events):

  • Unique
  • Who Killed the Mayor?*
  • View of Auvers-Sur-Oise*
  • A Gentleman and a Scholar*
  • All’s Fair in Love and War
  • The Car Park Attendant*
  • A Wasted Hour*
  • The Road to Damascus*
  • The Cuckold
  • Holiday of a Lifetime*
  • Double or Quits
  • The Senior Vice President
  • A Good Toss to Lose*
  • The Perfect Murder


Whenever someone asks me “who’s your favorite author?” I never really have an answer for that but if I think about it, the answer would have to be Jeffrey Archer. I have been meaning to read his Clifton chronicles for some time now and haven’t gotten around to it yet. Coming back to the book, as all books with short stories, some stories were better than others while some felt like they were lacking something. I gave the book an overall rating of 4 but now I’ll be rating every story separately.

Unique (3.5/5): This 100-word short story was not bad. To write a story that has a beginning, a middle, and an end in just 100 words is a big feat in itself.

Who Killed The Mayor* (4.5/5): This was one of my favorite stories from the lot and the ending left me smiling and shaking my head. Typical Jeffrey Archer.

View of Auvers-Sur-Oise* (3/5): I felt that this story would have been much better if it was a bit more detailed.

A Gentleman and a Scholar* (4/5): This was another good story and the ending will make you smile.

All’s Fair in Love and War (3.7/4): This was not a bad story but you kind of realize what was going to happen from the very beginning.

The Car Park Attendant* (3.5/4): I was a little bored while reading this story. The plot is explained in the beginning but it takes way too long to pan out.

A Wasted Hour* (4.3/5): I was expecting a twist somewhere in the story but in the end, it was something that was better than anything I could ever have expected.

The Road to Damascus* (4.7/5): Undoubtedly the best story in the collection. It was something very powerful.

The Cuckold (4.2/5): One of the stories where you can’t decide whether you should be sad or happy in the end.

Holiday of a Lifetime* (3.7/5): This was another story that I got bored with. There is nothing wrong with the writing itself, it just didn’t click with me.

Double or Quits (4/5): This was a clever little ruse and I am sure you guys will enjoy it.

The Senior Vice President (4.3/5): This was the longest story of all and something that we have come to expect from Jeffrey Archer. One of the best endings.

A Good Toss to Lose* (4.5/5): Another story that toys with your emotions and the ending made me a little sad.

The Perfect Murder (4/5): Another 100-word story. I enjoyed this more than the first one.

I know this was a really long review but I swear the book is nowhere near as boring as I made it sound and it is the perfect companion if you have some spare time to kill. Happy reading!

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