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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0230748244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230748248
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,428 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Archer's writing career has spanned over 30 years. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was an immediate bestseller in 1975. He went on to publish a string of international market-leading bestsellers including Kane & Abel, A Matter of Honour, First Among Equals and most recently A Prisoner of Birth and Paths of Glory, both of which were number one bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada and India. His volumes of short stories, such at Quiver Full of Arrows, Twelve Red Herrings and Cat O'Nine Tales have made him arguably the bestselling short story writer in the English language. Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer remains firmly established as one of the biggest authors of his generation with continuing global international sales surpassing 135 million copies. He is married with two children and lives in London and Granchester.


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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sissel M. Østdahl on 19 Mar 2013
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Easy and elegant and very, very British. Jeffrey Archer has once again delivered a bestseller, although this time not without considerable flaws.

After having hugely enjoyed the two first volumes of the Clifton Chronicles, I was somewhat disappointed with "Best Kept Secret". The characters are very one dimensional, there are the good guys (and girls) and the bad, nothing in between. The story tends to be a bit superficial. Family relations, politics, the stockmarket - it's all cleverly plotted and elegantly put to right by the nice guys.

Archer does not creep under my skin as he usually manages to do. Everything is nicely solved, the bad punished, the good wins. Even in love does everything end blissfully, and all the right people find each other at exactly the right time. But leaving me unmoved.

I have still given the book four stars. Because for all its lackings the book does entertain, it does make me laugh and it does make me want to know what happens next after the usual not proper ending. Jeffrey Archer still has the ability to do that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Irene Hanna on 3 Sep 2013
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I enjoyed all the books of this trilogy . Same as I've enjoyed all his previous books. But I couldn't believe I had come to the end. Roll on book 4.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Shearn on 23 Mar 2013
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Everyone knows what to expect from an Archer novel. Easy to read. A bit comic book and far fetched. But we can't help buying the next one.
This one as the third in the Clifton series starts by carrying on from episode two. To that extent it is connected to the previous volumes. About half way through, a completely separate story starts about the latest generation and all continuity is lost. It is like reading one of Mr Archer's short stories. It isn't really connected to the rest of the saga at all and gets a bit boring because it is padded out too much and becomes tedious. Almost as if the author is contractually bound to get to 400 pages.
Where Archer used to succeed in some of his earlier works, he did so through having various strands of different storylines going on at the same time that eventually would weave together. This book misses out as the second half is a stand alone separate boys own yarn about Sebastian that is tenuously tied in to the rest of the saga
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By HL on 28 April 2013
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Huge disapointment after waiting eagerly having loved the first two instalments. Resolution of the Barrington succession is dealt with at the beginning and soon after, things start taking a turn to ... nowhere really. An unexpected trip to Argentina then drives the story to a sad attempt at being a detective novel. Cliche mafia-like characters take over, with some unfortunate Spanish grammatic errors and complete lack of elementary logic. The UK ambassador involved in this third class police drama hands Seb his passport only to ask him what his middle name is two minutes later... Come on!!! Could he not have read it on the passport? Not even amateur! Poor even if it had been written by a 6 year old... The end is absolutely rushed and inconclusive to tie you to a fourth book, which, I, for one, will not bother with. Can this really be the same writer as the previous two?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carsey on 6 May 2013
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I have read pretty much everything Mr A has written with the exception of short stories and they are always a great read. His style is simple, characters believeable and story lines worked into events of the time.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Utley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Mar 2013
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We take up the story from the end of the second book. The Lord Chancellor is to give his casting vote in the ludicrous (because it could never have happened) debate of the whole House (not just the judicial committee) on which of our two heroes is to inherit the Barrington baronetcy. He appears to be wholly uninfluenced by dreary considerations of law (Archer assumes throughout that illegitimate sons could inherit baronetcies). I will not reveal how the vote is cast.

We then move on to about the most unbelievable Chancery trial of the challenge of a Will. The challenger calls exceptionally brief evidence from a doctor who never met the testator and who simply asserts that someone who is dying from cancer can never be capable of making a Will. Those who support the Will call straight forward evidence from the treating doctor saying the testator was perfectly able to understand what she was doing. But Archer asks us to believe that the result is almost impossible to call. Again, I won't reveal the result.

Next we move on to the main story, a story of evil villains and saintly heroes. The plot is about as far fetched as you could imagine. The characters are all one dimensional. Everyone is either good or bad, there is nothing in between. Perhaps the most unbelievable character (though there is stiff competition) is Lady Virginia. She is plainly a baddie, from the moment she first appears. Why on earth Giles sees anything in her is never explained at all.

But Archer does have something. The story may be bonkers (often causing me to laugh out loud at things which Archer reckons to be desperately serious), the characters may be cardboard, but everything moves at such a bewildering pace that one just can't help reading to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 May 2013
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Love Jeffrey Archers books he really is a master story teller, just wish I didn't have to wait so long for next instalment!!
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