The Herring in the Library

The Herring in the Library

[an Elsie and Ethelred Mystery]

Book - 2010
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" When literary agent Elsie Thirkettle is invited to accompany tall but obscure crime-writer Ethelred Tressider to dinner at Muntham Court, she is looking forward to sneering at his posh friends. What she is not expecting is that, half way through the evening, her host will be found strangled in his locked study. Since there is no way that a murderer could have escaped, the police conclude that Sir Robert Muntham has killed himself. A distraught Lady Muntham, however, asks Ethelred to conduct his own investigation. Ethelred (ably hindered by Elsie) sets out to resolve a classic locked room mystery; but is any one of the assorted guests and witnesses actually telling the truth? And can Ethelreds account be trusted? In the process, we meet one of Ethelreds own creations, the fourteenth-century detective Master Thomas, who is helped in his investigations of a mediaeval crime at Muntham Court by a small and rather pushy Abbess with a taste for honey cakes . . . Is it possible that Master Thomas can shed some light on the twenty-first century case, and on Ethelreds own motives for investigating Sir Roberts death?" --Publisher.
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2010.
ISBN: 9780230714687
0230714684
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY TYL

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meyoubou
Apr 12, 2013

Fun all the way. Love this author for a light-hearted read.

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MDianeRogers
Oct 11, 2011

Quite a 'fun' mystery! I will be looking for more from this author.

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bibliofinn
Aug 18, 2011

Absolutely delightful English mystery, featuring nebbishy "third-rate crime novelist" Ethelred Tressider and his unabashedly loud and vulgar, but undoubtedly clever agent, Elsie. Different chapters in this classic locked-room mystery are written from the point of view of these two characters, and much dry humour arises from their differing takes on the same incidents. The Hamilton Public Library also has the first two volumes in this series. Perfect reading when you want to pull up the drawbridge and immerse yourself in playful mayhem.

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