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Best Kept Secret (The Clifton Chronicles) Hardcover – April 30, 2013
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Those of you who have read the first two books in the series will know that at the end of each one Archer leaves you with a cliff-hanger (I call them "Clifton" hangers) of an ending so you have to wait on tenterhooks for the next book in the series to be released find the answer. At the end of "Sins of the Father" a tied vote in the House of Lords on whether Harry Clifton or his best friend Giles Barrington inherits the Barrington title and property has been left to the Lord Chancellor to decide. All I can safely tell you is that the Lord Chancellor found this the most difficult decision in his career and he "would never admit, even to his closest confidant, that he changed his mind at the last moment."
Harry settles down to pursue a career as a best-selling detective novelist, while Emma goes in search of her illegitimate half-sister who was put into foster care when both her father and mother died after a fight. Giles Barrington pursues his career as Labour MP for Bristol with the slimmest of majorities.
As usual Archer adds a few baddies to spice up things. Among them are Alex Fisher, who bullied Giles and Harry at school and nearly got Giles killed at Tobruk, and Lady Virginia Fenwick - a beautiful, aristocratic, gold-digging control-freak.Read more ›
Are we supposed to believe Harry and Emma would let Seb visit Eaton Square and Martinez home on his own after everything happened? Not even warn him? I thought we were dealing with smart people until that point.
The whole Argentinian saga seems frivolous, just so that another arch villain can be created that would involve Seb.
I was very disappointed. Not the usual Sir.Archer fare, I should admit.
If you have read the first two books, you should read it anyway, for continuity. I hope things get better with #4.
It's very much a book in two parts. The first half is the family chronicle part; a court case concerning a contested will, a hostile raid on Barrington Shipping, a fiercely fought electoral campaign, ...
And then in the second half, the author introduces a plot so melodramatic that it's almost comical.
The third starts at exactly the point where the second finishes, so you need to have read the first two before starting this one. A recapitulation summary would have been useful at the beginning.
What made me think it was a trilogy? Perhaps I'd confused it with Ken Follett's 'Century Trilogy'? 'Best Kept Secret' (like the previous two) ends with yet another unresolved cliffhanger.
So when is the next one being released? How many exactly are going to be in the series? I'm really enjoying the series so far...
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This is another really good book in the Clifton series. Characters literally continue to grow and develop. Already downloaded the fourth book and I'm looking forward to it.Published 6 days ago by Patrick
I couldn't put the book down. As soon as I finished it, I had to start the next one in the series.Published 18 days ago by HCR
This is the best of the Clifton Chronicles so far. The story became exciting toward the end. Looking forward to the next book.Published 20 days ago by James G. Macmillan
An author very easy to follow, and never think of stop reading until I finish the saga completly!Published 21 days ago by cristina poblete garreton
The first 4 books were very good! As the story line continues the author repeats the original story with different characters. I stopped reading the series at that point.Published 23 days ago by Carol