The Herring in the Library by L.C. Tyler

The Herring in the LibraryReviewed by Patricia Reid

Ethelred Tressider is a mystery writer although not first rate. His agent, Elsie Thirkettle, is visiting Ethelred and while occupying their time with a game of Clue (Cludeo) Elsie is attempting to get Ethelred busy on his next book. The game that occupies their time is one that they will soon be playing with a real life mystery.

Ethelred reminds Elsie that they are soon due at the estate of Sir Robert and Lady Muntham of Muntham Court for dinner. Sir Robert is an old friend of Ethelred’s who was known in earlier days as Shagger. Although Elsie was not a bit excited about having to dress up to meet the hosts she certainly wasn’t about to be left at home.

The dinner party turns into a disaster when Sir Robert is found dead in the locked library. Lady Muntham prevails upon Ethelred to act as detective and locate the murderer. Elsie does not have a lot of faith in Ethelred’s detective talents and proceeds to uncover her own clues.

The story is told in turns from the point of view of Ethelred and from Elsie’s point of view. Both views are quite different.

A very entertaining story and the third in the Elsie and Ethelred series. If you enjoy this book, you are sure to enjoy The Herring Seller’s Apprentice and Ten Little Herrings.

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