Twelve Red Herrings, a collection of 12 stories, is a mixed-bag. The first one, Trial and Error, where a man is framed for murder, is boring and predictable.However, the second one – Cheap at Half the Price, where a trophy-wife wants to buy a necklace as an insurance for the future, is delightful. Other interesting stories are Shoeshine Boy, where Lord Mountbatten comes calling; Never Stop on the Motorway, where a woman is relentlessly pursued by another driver on a motorway; Do Not Pass Go, where a former minister in Saddam Hussein’s cabinet, now living in the US, is forced to land in Iraq; and An Eye for an Eye, in which the defending lawyer is convinced that his client did in fact murder her husband.
The last story, One Man’ s Meat has four endings. The reader is asked to choose whichever ending s/he likes the best.
The book is a good time-pass but hardly memorable.
First Line: It’s hard to know exactly where to begin.
Title: Twelve Red Herrings
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publication Details: NY: Harper Collins, 1995
First Published: 1994
Other Books read of the same author: Kane and Abel; Shall We Tell the President?; A Matter of Honour; A Twist in the Tale; Sons of Fortune; Paths of Glory; False Impression
This book is easily available. I was gifted this book by my sister Nitu di, last year.
Submitted for the following challenges: A-Z (Titles), British Books, Color-Coded, Free Reads, Mount TBR, Mystery and Suspense, Smooth Criminals, Unread Book