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Ten Little Herrings (Elsie and Ethelred Mystery #2)

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When obscure crime writer Ethelred Tressider vanishes, his dogged literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle, is soon on his trail. Finding him (in a ramshackle hotel in the French Loire) proves surprisingly easy. Bringing him home proves more difficult than expected - but (as Elsie observes) who would have predicted that, in a hotel full of stamp collectors, the guests would sudden ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published 2009 by MacMillan
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John Lee
Sorry. This one didn't do it for me, but at least I finished it. It was ok as a light-hearted-time-passer but little more. With a whodoneit, my criteria is, ' how much do I want to know who did it?' Here, I wasn't particularly bothered (and, as it turned out ,I was right all along) but for some strange reason I wanted to read it through. So that has to be worth something.
One of my problems with this was that the cover picture of Elsie Thirkettle never did quite match up to the descriptions of he
**Possible spoilers for those who have not read the first novel, The Herring-Seller's Apprentice

Ten Little Herrings by L. C. Tyler is the second book in a series starring Ethelred Tressider, a mediocre mystery-writer, and Elsie Thirkettle, his chocolate-loving agent. At the end of the last enstallment, Ethelred was flying off into the sunset, apparently giving up his career as a mystery-writer, and leaving his agent, Elsie, holding the bag. As Herrings opens, Elsie has tracked her MIA client to
Ten Little What? Well, if you know your English mysteries, you'll know right away what's going on here - a little fun at Dame Agatha's expense.

And lovely fun it is too. Mediocre mystery writer Ethelred Tressider and his scornful agent Elsie Thirkettle are together again, despite Ethelred's best efforts. This time they're in a dumpy hotel at a French stamp-collectors' convention. But oh my, what a motley crew has assembled, and - you will not believe this - the guests seem to be dying or under a
Graham Tapper
Really getting into L.C. Tyler's books. This is the second, featuring Ethelred, the crime writer and Elsie, his agent. The book is written from alternate points of view, with Ethelred and Elsie's chapter in different fonts, just in case you get confused!

Ethelred has disappeared and Elsie is determined, in her usual ham-fisted way, to find out what has happened to him. The road eventually leads to a seedy hotel in the Loire Valley, where the bodies are starting to mount up. Who is killing them an
Clever Elsie is sure that her client, mystery writer Ethelred, will surface eventually, after the events in Tyler's first book. When he does, his agent will be there. Although Elsie generally thinks that authors are unimportant, she does have a soft spot for him. That's why she goes to pick him up (she's cancelled his credit cards) in a small French hotel which is occupied largely by stamp collectors who have been to a stamp fair. When one of them is killed, there are only a few people left in t ...more
Selmah Smith
Not quite as much fun as the first in the series but still entertaining.
What a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel and look forward to reading the next one, The Herring in the Library. I liked how the point-of-view switched back and forth between Elsie and Ethelred. And I loved the ending. I hope to see many more books from L.C. Tyler featuring these two delightful characters.
It's a very thoughtful and interesting book, with lots of meta tendencies. It spoofs dissects cozy country mysteries quite well by openly discussing the conventions as well as violating them. A couple of parts were quite funny.

The characters never really come to life though, and fall a little flat. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read the first in the series, since the characterizations in the first book would have carried over.
A nice amusing read.

Elsie and Ethelred are stuck in a hotel in France when two guests are murdered, one stabbed, the other poisoned. The story also involves some stolen Russian jewels. There are some nice comic touches and the dialogue, especially from Elsie, is very funny in places.

I've met Len Tyler a couple of times at Crimefest when he has signed and lined his books for me. A nice man and very intelligent.
Stevie Carroll
I picked this one up on a librarian's recommendation. While it didn't suffer too badly for being the second in a series I hadn't previously read, it felt a as if it was trying to be a little too clever for my liking. Another in the genre of 'bad things happen to despicable people', which I sometimes thoroughly enjoy, but other times find a little tedious. Not quite my cup of tea.
Chris Leuchtenburg
Clever parody of classic, cozy mysteries featuring amateur detectives. Many jocular references to common features of mysteries, some of these clever. Although I enjoyed the book, I found it increasingly tiresome and was glad that it was short. Shorter would have been better. Still, harmless and amusing.
Alexandra Crocodile
Really witty and had a really surprising twist at the end. Set in modern times, but still had a very Christie-feel to it. Also made me laugh out loud several times. Definitely reccommended!
Bonnie Russell
Great sequel to "Herring Sellers Apprentice"...enjoyed the British humor and the cliffhanger at the end.
Enjoyable, but not as strong as the first book.
This was fun!
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L. C. Tyler grew up in Essex and studied geography at Jesus College Oxford University and systems analysis at City University in London. During a career with the British Council he lived in Malaysia, Sudan, Thailand and Denmark. More recently he has been based in Islington and West Sussex and is Chief Executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He is married and has two childre ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Elsie and Ethelred Mystery (5 books)
  • The Herring Seller's Apprentice
  • The Herring in the Library
  • Herring on the Nile
  • Crooked Herring
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