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Ethelred Tressider is a mystery writer with problems not the least of which is his incurably nosy chocolate chomping agent who couldn't give. In L C Tyler s book we meet herring seller novelist Ethelred Tressider Ethelred writes books under three names a detective series set in rural England romantic novels featuring a handsome surgeon and historical mysteries set in the time of Richard II and Chaucer Herring seller is a phrase coined by his deceased ex wife due to the number of red herrings he puts into his Sergeant Fairfax mystery detective seriesEthelred has an agent named Elsie a chocolate fiend also a determined woman who cracks the whip and urges the rather gentle unambitious Ethelred to churn out his regular moderately successful titles rather than to write the great work of literature he is keen to produce Elsie decides that she and Ethelred will find out what happened to Geraldine a woman that Elsie has no reason to like In fact she dislikes her intensely having given her the endearing name of The Bitch The first part of the story is narrated by Ethelred Soon Elsie s narrative voice appears in the book of course in a different font Elsie relates events from her own perspective It seems his ex wife she left Ethelred ten years ago Geraldine has apparently committed suicide on a beach not far from Ethelred s home The pair also discovers that before her disappearance Geraldine had scammed a large amount of money off her closest friends and relatives and stashed it in a Swiss bank account Of course the police suspect Ethelred The Herring Seller s Apprentice is a delightful book if one likes a bit of cleaver humor mixed in their mystery If a comparison is wanted then perhaps a bit of Colin Watson s Flaxborough novels would come to mind This is the first book I ve read by L C Tyler who writes exceptionally well His prose is light economical yet conveys subtle and real emotions beneath the humorous brisk surfaceThis hardcover book published by Macmillan New Writing in the UK is signed by LC Tyler

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The Herring Seller's Apprentice

En Ethelred's ex wife goes missing and Ethelred none too tightly wound at the best of times starts behaving in an extremely peculiar fashion.. A fun mystery about Ethelred a hapless detective novelist whose ex wife has been murdered and Elsie his eccentric pushy literary agent who wants to help him solve the crime After several chapters of Ethelred s point of view the narrative changes to Elsie s voice and thereafter it switches back and forth Some interstitial chapters are Ethelred s unsuccessful attempts to start a new detective novel amusingly each is written in the style of a different author most surprisingly PG WodehouseThe plot twists weren t entirely unexpected but it was still entertainingI found out about this book the first of a series from the crossexaminingcrime blog

L.C. Tyler Æ 1 READ

Two toffees for mystery novels She does The Herring PDF or however have a passion for real life mysteries and that passion gets stirred up wh. I really thought I would like this book cozy mystery literary agent addicted to chocolate set in picturesue England what s not to love I found Elsie to be pushy yet a little endearing in her tenderness towards Ethelred and I was really disappointed in how Ethelred turned out in the end A little vague I know but I don t want to give anything awayDisappointed in the book and won t be reading the others in the series


10 thoughts on “The Herring Seller's Apprentice

  1. says:

    In L C Tyler’s book we meet 'herring seller' novelist Ethelred Tressider Ethelred writes books under three names a detective series set in rur

  2. says:

    The Herring Seller's Apprentice is a terrific mystery which at least at the beginning made me laugh out loud several times My husband thought I was losing it when I was reading it I'm only about 50% done at the moment and it's gone from laugh out loud to smiling with a bit of a twitch as things are getting rather tenseIt's told in

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    This is so funny I loved it A couple of favorite uotes both from page one and I just kept loving snippetsJust when you think you have committed the perfect crime things most unfairly take a turn for the worseI had picked up

  4. says:

    This cosy crime novel started off promisingly with a dryly voiced narrative by a writer Ethelred who is facing the predicament of being modestly successful but only by dint of cranking out three different series

  5. says:

    The Herring Seller’Apprentice is a lightly satirical turn on cosy crime fiction Although competently written it did little for me I suspect that this is partly a matter of taste Cosies are not my crime fiction of choice I am a great fan however of fiction that tries to play with and subvert the genre such as that by Malcolm Pryce Jasper Fforde and Donna Moore But even on this level the book felt a little flat and insubstantial The whol

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    I really thought I would like this book cozy mystery literary agent addicted to chocolate set in picturesue England what's not to love? I found Elsie to be pushy yet a little endearing in her tenderness towards Ethelred and I was really disappointed in how Ethelred turned out in the end A little vague I know but I don't want to give anything awayDisappointed in the book and won't be reading the others in the se

  7. says:

    easing going read with a mixture of wodehouse and christie in the style of writing

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    A fun mystery about Ethelred a hapless detective novelist whose ex wife has been murdered and Elsie his eccentric pushy literary age

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