There are quite a few short stories from Jeffrey Archer which have been released as single short books, possibly to create interest in the larger collection. This was one I recently came across, and is originally from the collection Cat O’ Nine Tales.
At the center of the story is a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Haskins, who are being tried in court. Via a flashback, the reader is then taken to the beginning of their relationship, how they first met as kids, then reconnected in service, leading to the events of the more recent past. They are upstanding members of a seaside town, first running a shop, and then the post office. So what happened to bring them to court, and why did it happen?
The story flows smoothly, doesn’t have many twists, and is mostly enjoyable. I liked the couple, but something Mr. Haskins says to the judge makes me like his character a tad more. It’s perhaps an unfortunate result from circumstances that does lead them to court, but then again, perhaps they deserved it too. I like that they didn’t forget what had worked for them, and that helped them at the end too.
I like these ten minute reads which are perfect to read between longer novels without having to pick up the larger collection of short stories. That being said, I do have the book Cat O’ Nine Tales, so I might give it a go sometime this year.
|Title: The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office|
|Author(s): Jeffrey Archer||Genre: Short Reads|
|ISBN/ASIN: B0787V2361||Publisher: Pan MacMillan|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
4th March 2018)