Thursday, January 06, 2011

To Cut a Long Story Short by Jeffrey Archer

To Cut a Long Story ShortTo Cut a Long Story Short by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read numerous Jeffrey Archer novels through the years; but this book of short stories bore little resemblance to those mysteries. The fourteen short stories contained in the book varied in length from 2 pages to more than 30 pages. Topics also varied, of course, ranging from confidence games, romantic mysteries, to even some with supernatural characters. Many seemed to take on the flavor of old-fashioned fables with insights into human nature in general. Although I enjoyed some stories more than others, I only abandoned one in the entire book from lack of interest. Archer brought his usual narrative skills to the composition of these stories, and he developed interesting and memorable characters. He led those characters through many interesting plot twists for our reading enjoyment.

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