Thursday, 6 May 2021

Farewell My Herring by L C Tyler

Farewell My Herring by L C Tyler
Published by Allison And Busby on the 22nd April 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ethelred Tressider and his agent Elsie Thirkettle have been invited to lecture on a creative writing course at Fell Hall, a remote location in the heart of ragged countryside that even sheep are keen to shun. While Ethelred’s success as a writer is distinctly average, Elsie sees this as an opportunity to scout for new, hopefully more lucrative, talent. But heavy snow falls overnight, trapping those early arrivals inside, and tensions are quick to emerge between the assembled group.

When one of their number goes missing, Ethelred leads a search party and makes a gruesome discovery. With no phone signal and no hope of summoning the police, can Ethelred and Elsie identify the killer among them before one of them is next?

People who believe that series should be read in order had better look away from this review because I've managed to read the first Ethelred Hengist Tressider novel, The Herring Seller's Apprentice, and then jumped straight to this ninth installment, Farewell My Herring, leaving seven unread mysteries in between. That's an oversight I need to correct because Farewell My Herring reminded me just how much I enjoy L C Tyler's wit and humour. The insider sarcasm directed at writers and the publishing industry in general is also great fun, as is watching how Ethelred's imparted literary wisdom is reflected within the storyline.

Farewell My Herring is a cosy mystery set on a creative writing course at a suitably isolated historic farmhouse - one which swiftly imprisons all the characters when a heavy snowfall cuts off access to the outside world. And there's no mobile reception. Or internet access. There is, however, soon to be a dead body in the woodshed prompting Ethelred and Elsie to don their amateur detective hats. Chocolate obsessed Elsie is still my favourite character. As a literary agent, she has a sharp eye for a potential 15% yet always seems to be not quite so on the ball when it comes to important clues (and their whereabouts). I loved how this mystery unravelled. It's myriad herrings and potential scenarios reminded me of the classic film, Clue, and I can honestly say I was completely convinced by the wrong herring. I hope to demonstrate greater detection skills for my next Ethelred And Elsie mystery! 

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