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Twelve Red Herrings

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,734 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
Jeffrey Archer, the internationally bestselling author of Honor Among Thieves, As The Crow Flies, and Kane amp; Abel, now serves up this inventive new collection of a dozen short stories -- with a twist. Cleverly styled, with richly drawn characters and ingeniously plotted story lines, each of the twelve pieces ends with a delightfully unexpected turn of events.An imprison ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 406 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Panmacmillan (first published 1994)
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Benjamin Thomas
The term "Master Storyteller" is perhaps overused but in this case, Jeffrey Archer earns the moniker. Each of these stories I read between other people's novels, in order to space them out. It is a testament to the quality of these stories that I found myself wanting to get past the particular novel I was reading so I could get to the next Archer short story. Some of these stories have twists and some have irony, but they all have that exceptional phrasing that I have come to expect from Mr. Arc ...more
Mark Soone
Nov 26, 2011 Mark Soone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
My rating is 4.2. I love jeffrey Archer! Alongside of roald dahl he is IMHo the master of the short story. there are some very good gems in here!

1 Trial and error- 5 stars- Simply a brilliant tale of murder, deception, betrayal and more. Archer remains the master of the short story.

2- Cheap at half the price- 4 stars- A delightful deception...some folks have all the luck

3- Dougie mortimor's right arm- 3 stars- The Herring is quite as tasty in this story as the previous 2. Still a decent light re
Kritika Swarup
Feb 22, 2014 Kritika Swarup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You open a story and cannot put the book down till you are done with it. There you meet the ending which just keeps it's promise. You wonder if Jeffrey Archer can handle romance in short stories as well as he manages the thrill. There as you reach the last story, you are presented with a piece precisely written to answer that question you ask.

There is a beautiful start to a romantic flick and just at the point where you start judging it, it challenges you with alternate endings. You read all the
Jun 10, 2008 Madhuwati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing short stories!!! I used to love the Jeffrey archer Novels but now I am great short story fan of his too :-)

Must reads are "
* Do Not Pass Go
* Shoeshine Boy
* You'll Never Live to Regret It
* Never Stop on the Motorway
* An Eye for an Eye
* One Man's Meat"

* Do Not Pass Go

This is the first story I read and it is full of drama and action I would say. Thrilling one...

* Shoeshine Boy

Nice and funny one. Makes you giggle!

* You'll Never Live to Regret It
Full of twists and turns and keeps you
Sasha Sardar
May 25, 2011 Sasha Sardar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twelve Red Herrings is exactly as the title says. A red herring is a false trail, bait that is meant to be taken, leading to the wrong conclusion. Jeffry Archer is a master with this style, and wrote twelve short stories, each with a red herring dropped somewhere in it. The book boasts differentiating plots, and is a careful collection of stories that deal with humorous and farcical realities. They are all rather interesting in their own way, but they all seem to share a link which doesn’t exist ...more
J.L. Campbell
May 10, 2011 J.L. Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twelve Red Herrings contained a good mixture of stories. Some took me a while to get through, but I'm such a fan that if Jeffery Archer wrote the ingredients of bread on a bag, I'd read it.

Some of the stories were high tension and others were like a Sunday morning stroll. And then there was the final story, One Man’s Meat. Only Archer could pull of telling a story with four possible endings. Of course, being an Archerholic I had to read all four, though he invited the reader to ‘select one and
Ajisha Sara
Apr 05, 2013 Ajisha Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I've thoroughly enjoyed every one of Jeffrey Archer's books I've read so far, it never crossed my mind to pick up one of his short-story collections. After reading this one, I realised what I'd missed. What is really admirable about his writing style is that he can connect with any generation pretty well. I personally found it difficult to believe that Kane and Abel and False Impression were penned by the same author. Even in this collection each story is different from the other and ther ...more
John Braine
Sep 08, 2015 John Braine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
With most books that I don’t enjoy, I can still appreciate the writing or see why other people might enjoy them - and I just think this isn't for me for one reason or another. But now and then a book will come along that I just think is utter shit, and this is one.

I really had no idea what kind of books Archer wrote. All I knew was that he was very well known English writer. I was on my Kindle one night, browsing the store and this was in the Editor’s Picks. Editor’s Choice my hole. This has to
Jul 13, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey Archer is one of my all time favorites for his sprawling familial landscape stories, with Kane and Abel bring on my short list of best novels. Here, he goes very much the other way, with 11 stories covered in 20-30 pages plus one opening story that goes about 80. It was a mixed bag, with some of them being the sort of story you really want to get more from, others being relatively obvious one-off throwaways, including one that is a pretty well-known campfire scary story told almost exact ...more
May 21, 2015 Priti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twelve red herrings is a short storybook by the mater story teller Jeffrey Archer. Though these are short stories but for me each story was like a single book in itself. After reading each story I would take a break as I would be so immersed in the story, I could never start another story till after a small break. I always take pride in completing a book in one go. But it took me twelve days to complete this book as I read one story each day.

As usual is the case with Jeffrey Archer's books, this
Aini Atif
Jun 08, 2014 Aini Atif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good storyteller, as people said so. I can agree to that. I bought The Collected Short Stories, a compilation of A Quiver Full of Arrows, A Twist In the Tale and Twelve Red Herrings. I think Twelve Red Herrings attracted me the most. Three quarter of it are marked *based on true incidents*. Anyhow I couldn't rate this 5 stars because I had trouble jumping from an imagination to another. As if I had a book-hangover. I think if the short stories were made into novels, I would enjoy them mor ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Narcisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed Jeffery Archer's previous ones:)) it's a page turner;)
May 02, 2012 Remo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela, 2005
Uno de los síntomas relacionados con la adicción a la lectura que padezco es que necesito comprar un libro en cada ciudad nueva que visito. En el ex libris que pongo en cada uno de mis libros incluyo la ciudad donde lo compré, y esa es la raíz de muchos de mis males. Me compré este libro en Pina de Ebro, en parte porque necesitaba un libro para el viaje a Barcelona y en parte porque era una ciudad (bueno, más bien un término municipal) que no tenía en mi base de datos de libros. Esta manía mía m ...more
Varun Vasudevan
A breezy read.

Archer starts this book with a sordid tale of betrayal and deception 'Trial and Error' which will hold your attention till the very end. This one lives up to the book title. Rating - 4/5

Cheap at half the price is a con story you would have surely come across, hopefully not at your expense. Rating - 3/5

Archer extends the reach of an evil which has corrupted modern entertainment to the sport of boating. Rating - 3.5/5

Do not pass go narrates the unfortunate incident of an Iraqi ex-mi
Tara Calaby
(2.5 stars)

I quite enjoyed Jeffrey Archer as a teenager, so thought I should revisit this volume to see whether the writing holds up at all as an adult. It's a collection of short stories, all of which contain a twist. While twist fiction is generally held to be a little hackneyed these days, it's not something I mind personally. When you know there's going to be a twist, however, it's hard not to focus on predicting it, instead of just letting the plot unfold.

Trial and Error
Long and rambling,
Todd Jenkins
Sep 26, 2014 Todd Jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Archer book I've tackled, and my first impression is that his writing is veddy, veddy British, in a style more reminiscent of the 1940s than the mid-90s. This isn't a bad thing, but it might throw off contemporary American readers who don't understand certain references or aren't used to more erudite writing. The stories are usually quite engaging, and the turns work well in keeping us off track. His dry Brit sense of humor adds an element of fun.
Lauryn Haverly
Like most collections of short stories a range from very good to simply average. One story in particular 'Don't stop on a motorway' had me gripped right till the last word and literally unable to put the book down for wondering what was going to happen-fantastic! I also liked the fact that the last story offered 4 different choices of ending, a good extra making the reading that bit more enjoyable.
Aditi Shetty
Apr 09, 2014 Aditi Shetty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent collection of short stories by Jefferey Archer. Each story is equally entertaining. I just could not put this down. I love the twist and the suspense/surprise elements in some of the stories. Archer's writing style is amazing. I loved the last story with 4 different ending. My othe favorites were 'Do not Pass Go', 'Chunnel Vision' and 'You'll never live to regret it'.
Oct 27, 2015 Efydatia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories

I thought this was going to be a mystery novel. The title might have misled me. It turned out it wasn't even a novel.

It was a collection of short stories that ended, for the most part, in some very amusing plot twists. I liked Jeffrey Archer's writing style. It was very easy to read and quite funny in its own unique subtle way.

I'd definitely like to try a full-length novel of his in the future.
Krishna Kumar
May 06, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better here. The story “One Man’s Meat…” uses a technique that is quite silly (multiple endings you can pick), but one that I like a lot. Archer tries to achieve the O Henry effect of the surprise ending and manages to pull it off a few times. “Never Stop on the Motorway” is one instance. Very effective and almost works as a horror story.
Sep 24, 2014 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book whilst on holiday. This book consists of 12 stories which some of them are based on real events whilst others are the author's imagination.

Enjoyed all of the stories since they are well written and keeps you on edge to finish it. The plot of the stories vary from one to another so one is not bored in reading them.
Jan 06, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually try to avoid short stories because there is usually not enough time to develop the characters and the plot and I lose interest. I did not find that to be the case with Twelve Red Herrings. Some stories were better than others and none are memorable but they flowed well and the characters were interesting. I probably enjoyed the last story the most and loved the idea of 4 different endings. I chose to read all of them and I guess I am a romantic. The last ending suited my tastes the bes ...more
Kari Martindale
Jan 30, 2014 Kari Martindale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although A Twist in the Tale is what got me into reading Archer, this was my favorite of his short story collections--it contained some of the more memorable stories. From his short stories, I went on to read a ton of his novels. For quick beach, tub, or before-bed reads, Twelve Red Herrings (or any Archer short story collection) is engaging.
Dec 30, 2014 Jorge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent stories.
This book is really enjoyable.
The stories are very well crafted, especially the last one with four posible endings. But in all, all of the tales are very well writen, and because of this, they are an easy reading.
Feb 20, 2014 Kw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite authors. Great novels, and his short stories are just as satisfying. I always hate seeing the last page come up.
And who else would ever write FOUR endings for one story, giving the reader a choice?? Just delightful.
Dian Iriska
Aug 16, 2011 Dian Iriska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved Jeffrey Archer short story book. This is the second book of his that I read and I absolutely loved it. His language was simple yet interesting and funny. The stories were funny too. I often laughed or smiled at his choice of words and of course at the story as well. Most of them were claimed to be based on actual incident. How come his life is full with such a fascinating thing....or simply it was his great great talent that turned every simple event into a captivating story. Once you star ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Sujith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another wonderful collection of short stories by Jeffrey Archer! the first story definitely deserves a 5 star rating. others are good too! but "a twist in the tale" was a fantastic collection and because of that I had to give only 4 stars to this book.
May 16, 2015 Prasoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, a-to-z
A very good read indeed..!!
12 short stories. Some were better than others; there were predictable ones; but, the style of writing was smooth and gripping.
Last story was very interesting as from a particular point in the plot, we can choose one of the four possible continuations. Very interesting.

I will recommend this book for casual readers.
Jul 19, 2014 Nicholas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories is just not very interesting. The stories feel like they're trying too hard to be clever, the characters are mostly insipid, and the whole book feels quite dated.
Umesh Kesavan
Some original plots ( "Shoeshine boy" for example) make this collection an enjoyable ride.A quibble is that some stories are longer than warranted (Eg.Trial and error)
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married
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