The Herring-Seller's Apprentice (Ethelred and Elsie Series #1)

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A mediocre mystery-writer, Ethelred Tressider has even less interest in writing his books than his (dwindling) fan base has in reading them, and his agent, the pesky, nosy, vulgar, chocolate-chomping Elsie, has no interest in them at all. But with a name like Ethelred, things can always get worse, and when Ethelred's dishy ex-wife turns up dead they do. The case of the Dead Dish is the most exciting project Elsie's come across in years, but however much she bullies Ethelred, he refuses to take much interest in ...

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Overview

A mediocre mystery-writer, Ethelred Tressider has even less interest in writing his books than his (dwindling) fan base has in reading them, and his agent, the pesky, nosy, vulgar, chocolate-chomping Elsie, has no interest in them at all. But with a name like Ethelred, things can always get worse, and when Ethelred's dishy ex-wife turns up dead they do. The case of the Dead Dish is the most exciting project Elsie's come across in years, but however much she bullies Ethelred, he refuses to take much interest in the mystery. And that lack of interest raises what might be called some extremely interesting questions.

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Fans of comic mysteries will welcome British author Tyler's debut, the first in a series to feature novelist Ethelred Tressider and his chocoholic literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle. When the body of Tressider's ex-wife, Geraldine, turns up near his West Sussex home, the police mark Tressider as a person of interest. Aided by Thirkettle, Tressider investigates other suspects, as the official theory switches from possible suicide to a serial killer. One-third of the way in, Tressider's Wodehousian narrative voice ("You'll have found the same thing yourself, of course. Just when you think you have committed the perfect crime, things most unfairly take a turn for the worse") switches to that of Thirkettle, who doesn't miss a beat sustaining the light tone ("If there's one thing that gets up my sodding nose, it's starting a new chapter and finding that the poxy narrator has changed"). The resolution may not satisfy everyone, but the lively characters and amusing banter will bring most readers back for more. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934609231
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/25/2009
  • Series: Ethelred & Elsie Series , #1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 787,811
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    If P.G. Wodehouse wrote mysteries...

    He might write nearly as well as L.C. Tyler. I've recently finished "The Herring Seller's Apprentice" -- it is deliciously snarky, laugh-out-loud funny and so witty, you want to get on the phone and invite Tyler to your next cocktail party, the one Cole Porter and Ogden Nash have promised to attend. All that, and I found myself heart-touched by his funny, quirky characters. I think Tyler has only just been available in the U.S., which means the Brits are keeping a lot of the really good stuff to themselves. If you like brilliant wordplay and devilish mysteries, you can't go wrong with "The Herring Seller's Apprentice."

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