The Herring Seller's Apprentice

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 4, 2008 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Ethelred Tressider is a crime writer with problems. His latest novel is going nowhere, mid-life crisis is looming and he’s burdened by the literary agent he probably deserves: Elsie Thirkettle, a diminutive but determined individual who claims to enjoy neither the company of writers nor literature of any sort. But however bad things look they can always get worse, as Ethelred discovers when his ex-wife, Geraldine, vanishes close to his Sussex home. When the disappearance becomes a murder enquiry, the police quickly decide that Geraldine Tressider has been the victim of a local serial killer. Elsie begs to differ, on the grounds that the killer’s other victims had been Sad Cows, whereas Geraldine was a Scheming Bitch – another species entirely – and no serious serial killer would murder one in mistake for the other . . . Soon the indefatigable Elsie has bullied Ethelred into embarking upon his own investigation, but as their enquiries proceed, she begins to suspect that her client’s own alibi is not as solid as he claims. The Herring Seller’s Apprentice is an appallingly funny murder mystery, packed with dizzying plot twists and peopled by a memorable cast of eccentrics. ‘Masterful’ Financial Times ‘A classic detective novel’ Scotsman ‘Unusually accomplished’ Helen Dunmore

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Review: The Herring Seller's Apprentice (Elsie and Ethelred Mystery #1)

User Review  - Tobin - Goodreads

interesting read with a few clever plot twists. the first half is better than the back half of the book, and is much more humorous as well. the shifting narration took some getting used to, but I ... Read full review

Review: The Herring Seller's Apprentice (Elsie and Ethelred Mystery #1)

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

After a really good start the book slowly deteriorated into something boring and meaningless (the second star is only really for the good start). But as one character says in the end, this is a love ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

L. C. Tyler was born in Essex and educated in Southend and at Oxford University. He has worked in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sudan, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. He currently lives in Islington with his wife, children and border terrier.

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