Ethelred Tressider, mid-list crime writer, is surprised when fellow author Henry Holiday unexpectedly turns up on his doorstep. He’s even more surprised when Henry confesses that he may have committed murder while drunk on New Year’s Eve. Though he has little recollection of the night, Henry fears he may have killed drinking companion and fellow crime writer Crispin Vynall, and asks Ethelred to discreetly make enquiries in order to discover the truth. As Ethelred and his trusty agent Elsie begin to investigate, they discover that Henry has been set up, and now all that remains is for them to find out why and, more importantly …whodunnit?
If you’re looking for an entertaining read, a book that is as near as unputdownable as is physically and emotionally possible and a book that is not only infectious but humorous to boot then Crooked Herring will do you just fine …thank you very much.
Len Tyler continues his Ethelred Tressider series with a heart pounding and jaw aching book that belies his mediocre status as a crime novelist – that’s Ethelred not Len Tyler! Ethelred is a wondrous character who has so much to endure on a daily basis – a failure in literary circles and a laughing stock to all other crime writers – but there’s something special and endearing about this true English gent that makes me smile. I guess you can’t ask for much more than that.
He lives in the rather hefty shadow of his biscuit and food loving agent Elsie and it’s this union that allows the book to rapidly tell a rather special story that will leave you with a warm feeling that you don’t often experience reading crime fiction. To be fair however, Len Tyler doesn’t write your usual crime fiction. Part whodunit and part comedic genius the book flows incredibly well and before you know it you’ve eaten a full packet of chocolate digestives and begun to make steady but satisfying inroads into a large pack of kit kat’s – just like Elsie!
As you may have gathered there’s a long running theme of biscuits and food in Crooked Herring and Elsie devours the lot – no biscuit, chocolate or plate of chips is safe. In fact the safest thing in the entire book – forget dead bodies – is a cold salad. Elsie wouldn’t be seen dead eating healthily! I wouldn’t have it any other way. An agent who will never appear in the vogue magazine she knows what she wants and she knows how to get it. Elsie isn’t backwards in coming forwards and at every opportunity she tells everyone just how bad Ethelred is at writing, not your average agent/author relationship but one that works incredibly well for Tyler!
This time around Elsie does appear to be a little more manipulative and she wastes little time in attracting new authors to her stable and even though Ethelred finds himself in a rather precarious situation she always appears to have enough time to strike a deal and to make sure she comes out on top – mostly at Ethelred’s cost!
With a narrative that is well written and an ending that will leave you wanting more, Crooked Herring will satisfy on so many levels but most of all it’ll make you smile.
- Hardcover:320 pages
- Publisher:ALLISON & BUSBY (18 Sep 2014)