Archer says that he collected these stories from across the world during his travels. Of the 15 stories in the book, 10 are based on true incidents. The stories are good but more inclined towards a story-telling-around-the-fireplace kind of manner. Some of them are cute which Archer desperately tries to garnish with his writing style to make them more presentable and read-worthy. The issue is that in each of the stories Archer tries to build up the story towards one 'Wow' moment at the end of the narration not realising that his readers are intelligent and in some cases will guess the ending. Not every story needs to have a 'twist' at the end. Some of them can just be a good story.
My categorisation of the stories are such:
- Predictable Endings: Blind Date, Members Only, Politically Correct, Caste Off.
- Fairly Interesting: The Queen's Birthday Telegram, Where There's a Will, Double-Cross, I will Survive, The Luck of the Irish.
- Better of the Lot: Stuck on You, High Heels, The Undiplomatic Diplomat, Better the Devil you know.
- Err....What?: A Good Eye, No Room at the Inn.
I rate this 2/5.