Ten Little Herrings (Elsie and Elthelred #2)

Ten Little Herrings (Elsie and Elthelred book 2)

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Hardcover, Pages: 304

Genres: Mystery, Crime, Fiction, Humor

Language: English

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Ten Little Herrings (Elsie and Elthelred book 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 suddenly start murdering each other? One guest is found fatally stabbed, apparently the victim of an intruder. But when a rich Russian oligarch also dies, in a hotel now swarming with policemen, suspicion falls on the remaining guests. Elsie is torn between her natural desire to interfere in the police investigation and her urgent need to escape to the towns chocolaterie. Ethelred, meanwhile, seems to know more about the killings than he is letting on. Finally the time comes when Elsie must assemble the various suspects in the Dining Room, and reveal the truth.

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  •    Banris Kraechan
    2020
    For a murder mystery, the whodunnit crime is a threadbare mess. But the book is still a delight based on the author's hilarious voice. Switching back and forth between narrators Elsie and Ethelred, Tyler has a quick wit for two distinct types of twits. Literary agent Elsie is a creation of pure comedic gold: unearned confidence, blindly chocolate obsessed, and sarcasm. She should have an entire novel to herself.
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  •    Mogal Ladenthin
    2020
    **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 his hiding place, a run-down French hotel which has been hosting a stamp collector's conference. Her client refuses to elaborate on why he's hiding out in France...but then Elsie has a few secrets of her own. Elsie and Ethelred soon find themselve involved in murders, a hunt for missing stamps, a game of diamonds, diamonds, who's got the diamonds?, and a never-ending quest to keep Elsie stocked with chocolate. There are hotel guests who might be spies or diamond thieves or blackmailers or undercover detectives...or maybe all of the above.

    As in Apprentice, the narration duties are divided between Elsie and Ethelred--with Elsie getting more of the spotlight this time. In the first half of the book, Elsie has more of the action and Ethelread gives us some very interesting insights into mystery-writing, murder and the art of poisoning--among other little snippets. As the mystery moves along, Ethelred gets more active, but his motives are still shrouded in mystery. I think perhaps Tyler gave more of the narration to Elsie just so we wouldn't know as much about what Ethelred was up to.

    This book, like its predecessor, is an absolute hoot. Tyler is definitely paying homage to Agatha Christie (as the title suggest) and the book is a brilliant parody of classic British crime fiction. Elsie is a chocolate-crazed, inefficient send-up of what you'd get if you combined Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot at their nosiest and funniest. The twist on the classic wrap-up scene....you know, where the detective genius gathers all the suspects together and painstakingly goes through all the steps leading up to the solution to the crime...alone is worth the price of admission. I laughed out loud and shook my head over poor Elsie and her attempts at detection. If you're looking for a fun and funny book, this is the one for you. Four and a half stars.
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