A Canvas of Lies I would like to believe that I am a good judge of character and not easily deceived, but this was really different, since my two close friends ended up stabbing me in the back. Museums, paintings and culture were said to be things of the rich, the uber wealthy. It wasContinue reading “A Canvas of Lies : Flash Fiction Short Story”
Jeffery Archer has a knack for the art of storytelling and his books have been bestsellers for years.
One unique feature about his short story collections is the twist in the ending of a story. A reader does not know what Archer really means to tell us until the very end.
Today I’ll be looking at three of his short story books :
A Twist in the Tale
A Quiver full of Arrows
Twelve Red Herrings
All three of these books fall under the genre of fictional mystery.
Examples of this creative and genius writing are in the books – A Twist in the Tale and A Quiver full of Arrows. These books are a collection of 12 or more short stories by Jeffery Archer. None of the stories last more than a few pages but involve jolts of suspense and a web of deception. The stories are built to change the whole narrative in less than a few lines, at the very end.
Twelve Red Herrings was a disappointment compared to the other two. None of the short stories stood out or sparked any enthusiasm. They were very slow and did not have a strong storyline.
Hercule Poirot is back with his immaculate mustache and Belgian accent. In his world – order and routine reigns supreme ,so when his highly efficient assistant Ms. Lemon makes not one – but three typing errors, he takes it upon himself to bring back order.
He is called down to the students hostel at the end of Hickory Road by the sweet bubbly caretaker Ms. Hubbard (Ms. Lemon’s sister) when she finds various items missing and vandalized.
She assumes it to be just some cruel joke until Hercule Poirot steps in and calls it “a unique and beautiful problem.”
He takes one look at the list of bizarre and yet unseeming random list of items that were stolen and vandalized – a stethoscope, some lightbulbs, some old flannel trousers, a box of chocolates, a slashed rucksack, some boracic powder and a diamond ring .
He knows something is amiss in Dickory road. Something much bigger than petty thefts and robberies.
Hickory Dickory Dock is a very classic detective novel with an interesting twist. A nice light read.
The storyline focuses on character buildup which I thoroughly enjoyed. The ending was mildly surprising.
I really enjoyed unique nuances of Hercule Poirot.
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