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Publication Order of Elsie and Ethelred Books

The Herring Seller's Apprentice (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten Little Herrings (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Herring in the Library (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Herring on the Nile (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crooked Herring (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Among the Herrings (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Herring in the Smoke (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Maltese Herring (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Farewell My Herring (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of John Grey Historical Mystery Books

A Cruel Necessity (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Masterpiece of Corruption (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Plague Road (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bleak Midwinter (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Shipbuilder (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Too Much of Water (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Summer Birdcage (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Well-Earned Death (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Very Persistent Illusion (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Trials of Margaret (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Bodies in the Bookshop(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 11(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Motives for Murder(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Bad Neighbour: Revenge is Criminal(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midsummer Mysteries Short Stories(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

L C Tyler is a British bestselling author of comic crime fiction. The author was born and raised in Southend, Essex. He attended Jesus College, Oxford University where he majored in geography before going to City University in London to study system analysis.

Tyler has worked for the British Council in Sudan, Malaysia, Denmark, and Thailand before becoming the CEO at the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health. He quit his job to become dedicate his time to novel writing.

The Herring Seller’s Apprentice published in 2007 was nominated for Edgar Award for the Best Paperback Original. In 2015, the author was selected as the chair of the Crime Writers Association. Tyler was the winner of Goldsboro Last Laugh in 2010 for the Herring in the Library and later in 2015 for Crooked Herring. Ten Little Herrings and The Herring Sellers Apprentice were nominated for Edgar Allan Poe Awards.

Tyler is popularly known as the author of The Elsie and Ethelred mystery series whom Publication began in 2007 after the issuance of the Herring Seller’s Apprentice. The second book Ten Little Herrings was published two years later in 2009.

Apart from The Elsie and Ethelred mysteries, Tyler has also written other standalone novels such as A Very Persistent Illusion (2009), Bodies in the Bookshop (2014), The Plague Road (2016) and A Masterpiece of Corruption (2016).

The Herring Seller’s Apprentice

Ethelred is a crime writer with difficulties. His newest novel release is going nowhere, and his mid-life crisis is starting and making matters worse, he is burdened by his agent, the one he maybe deserves, Elsie Thirkettle, a minuscule but a determined individual who claims that neither to enjoy any literature of any sort nor a company of writers.

However, like expected, bad things turns worse when Ethelred ex-wife Geraldine vanishes proximal to his Sussex home.

Soon this disappearance turns out to be a murder case, and soon the police begin their investigation and finally come to a conclusion that Geraldine might have been a victim of a local series killer. On the other hand, Elsie somehow tends to differ because the serial killer victims have been “Sad Cows” while on the other hand Geraldine was one Scheming Bitch.

Soon the tireless Elsie bullies Ethelred into undertaking his investigations, however as their investigation continues, Elsie starts to suspect that her client’s claims are not reliable as he claims.

The Herring Seller’s Apprentice is a fantastic mystery that will grip your attention from the first page to the last. The novel is told from a writer’s perspective that has three personas, including a romance writer and a mystery writer. The two main characters Elsie and Ethelred will make you laugh as the author has keenly captured their voice correctly. Apart from the character development, there is the quirky type of humor. The plot flows well while the other minor characters are well written if you love murder mystery and stories about writers, then The Herring Seller’s Apprentice is the right choice for you.

Ten Little Herrings

When the obscure crime writer, Ethelred vanishes, his tenacious literary agent, Elsie is soon on his trail. For Elsie, finding Ethelred in a neglected hotel proves somehow easy, however bringing him home proves to be a hard task than she ever expected. However, as Elsie observes, who could have predicted that in a hotel full of stamp collectors, that the guests would all of sudden start killing each other?

One of the hotel guests is found brutally stabbed. However, when wealthy Russian leader with a significant political influence is murdered, the suspicion now falls to the remaining hotel guests. Elsie is caught in a dilemma, and she cannot decide whether to pursue her natural desire to interfere with the police investigation work and her willingness to escape the town’s chocolate. On the other hand, Ethelred seems to know more about the recent murders than he is letting on. Finally, the moment of truth comes when Elsie must assemble the various suspects and finally get to reveal the truth.

L.C Tyler is a different writer whose second novel is far much more interesting in the series and as well as funny and well conceived as the first. This is another delightful and fun filled cozy murder mystery with lots of laugh along the way. The characters are well crafted, and you will love how they come to life as your read through the pages.

The Herring in the Library

In the third installment of Elsie and Ethelred Mystery, the two main characters are invited to a dinner party by an former university associate of Ethelred, Sir Mundham. Their supper companions somehow seem ill-assorted and the pair (Elsie and Ethelred) begin to wonder what might happen is their dinner setting appears to be an ideal set up for murder, and as a matter of fact, the house reminds them a Cluedo, a game they had been playing earlier in the day.

Halfway through their meal, their host makes a short speech and then disappears. He is later found dead in his study library. Could it be suicide or murder? That is the crucial question that everyone asks, and nearly everyone in the dinner means that had the opportunity and motive. For Ethelred and Elsie (Crime novelist and his agent) are immediately forced to investigate.

This cozy mystery is told from the perspective of Ethelred; you will find it an entertaining read with some fascinating twist and turns throughout the plot. You will love the relationship that exists between Ethelred and Elsie.

Herring on the Nile

To reanimate his flagging writing career, the crime novelist Ethelred decides to set in a new novel in Egypt and begins a research trip to Egypt with his agent Elsie and as soon as their cruise on the Nile begins an attempt on Ethelred life is made. The boat’s engine explodes, and a passenger is found brutally murdered, and suspicion falls on everyone aboard the ship including two individuals why may have been undercover police, and Ethelred himself. The third novel is largely influenced by dialogue from the first to the last page which makes it a quick read.

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