Tell Tale is a charming set of short stories, which I much prefer to Roald Dahl’s Kiss Kiss. While Dahl’s stories were dark, gory and murky, Archer’s stories are more about the quirkiness of human beings and are simply nice.
I like the story of the Insurance fraud couple which has three potential endings for the reader to choose his/her favourite one. There was also the story of the Neapolitan policeman who is sent to a provincial town to solve a murder for which the entire population seems to be volunteering as the murderer. There are couple of hundred word flash fiction stories in here too and one that took a quarter of the book.
The author finishes Tell Tale with the first four chapters of his soon to come out intriguing cold war Russian thriller. I’ll definitely be reading that! Who knows if it’ll end up being an epic eight novel series like the Clifton Chronicles or whether it’ll be curtailed to a trilogy.