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Tyler, L. C.

Overview
Works: 25 works in 131 publications in 2 languages and 3,183 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Humorous fiction  History  Historical fiction  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR6120.Y545, 823.92
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by L. C Tyler
The herring-seller's apprentice by L. C Tyler( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mediocre mystery-writer, Ethelred Tressider has even less interest in writing his books than his (dwindling) fan base has in reading them, and his agent, the pesky, nosy, vulgar, chocolate-chomping Elsie, has no interest in them at all. But with a name like Ethelred, things can always get worse, and when Ethelred's dishy ex-wife turns up dead they do
The herring in the library by L. C Tyler( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and French and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 Ethelred's account be trusted? In the process, we meet one of Ethelred's 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 Ethelred's own motives for investigating Sir Robert's death?
Ten little herrings by L. C Tyler( Book )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When obscure crime writer Ethelred Tressider vanishes from his home, his indefatigable agent, Elsie Thirkettle, is soon on his trail. Finding him proves surprisingly easy. Bringing him home is another matter. Having followed Ethelred to a hotel in the French Loire, she find herself confined there with him after a prominent philatelist is murdered. Elsie is torn between her natural desire to interfere in the police investigation and her urgent need to escape to the local chocolatier
Herring on the Nile by L. C Tyler( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and French and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an effort to rejuvenate his flagging career, crime novelist Ethelred Tressider decides to set his new book in Egypt and embarks on a 'research trip' with his literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle, in tow. No sooner has their cruise on the Nile begun, however, than an attempt is made on Ethelred's life. When the boat's engine explodes and a passenger is found bloodily murdered, suspicion falls on everyone aboard including a third-rate private eye, two individuals who may or may not be undercover police, and Ethelred himself. As the boat drifts out of control, though, it seems that events are being controlled by a party far more radical than anyone could have guessed
A cruel necessity by L. C Tyler( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theatres are padlocked. Christmas has been cancelled. It is 1657 and the unloved English Republic is eight years old. Though Cromwell's joyless grip on power appears immovable, many still look to Charles Stuart's dissolute and threadbare court-in-exile, and some are prepared to risk their lives plotting a restoration. For the officers of the Republic, constant vigilance is needed. So, when the bloody corpse of a Royalist spy is discovered on the dung heap of a small Essex village, why is the local magistrate so reluctant to investigate? John Grey, a young lawyer with no clients, finds himself alone in believing that the murdered man deserves justice. Grey is drawn into a vortex of plot and counter-plot and into the all-encompassing web of intrigue spun by Cromwell's own spy-master, John Thurloe. So when nothing is what is seems, can Grey trust anyone?
A very persistent illusion by L. C Tyler( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an inn, in the Danube Valley, in the 17th century, a certain cantankerous philosopher seems to have some words of guidance for our modern-day hero. We join Virginia and Chris (and Rene) as they seek to uncover the truth about Hugh, themselves and the meaning of life
Crooked herring by L. C Tyler( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"You don't believe me, do you?" asked Henry. "That I might have killed somebody." Well, really. The genuine murderer--the real pro--tends to keep track of that sort of thing. And he wasn't dressed for murder. The tweed jacket, the checked waistcoat, and above all the yellow bow tie ... they would have enabled Henry to audition as an extra in a 50s costume drama--a dodgy bookmaker, say, or a ne'er-do-well younger brother destined for exile to one of the more obscure colonies. They were not clothes that you would risk wearing for a murder. Which is fine, since there isn't actually a body. And yet there are an awful lot of red herrings, just begging to be pawed through by the hapless Ethelred and Elsie, his chocolate-chomping agent
Masterpiece of corruption by L. C Tyler( Book )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is December 1657. John Grey has returned to the study of law in London. He receives a mysterious invitation which seems to have come from some of his mother's royalist friends - possibly members of the largely ineffectual secret organisation, the Sealed Knot. He is amused rather than otherwise that they would think him stupid enough to join them and thinks it may be entertaining to tell them so to their faces. On arriving at Sir Richard Willys's chambers at Gray's Inn, however, he finds that the invitation was never intended for him - to his horror, Grey is warmly greeted as a royalist conspirator sent over from Brussels to murder Oliver Cromwell. It soon becomes clear that the man he has been mistaken for is his own father, a long-time royalist exile. The question is how he can prevent the murder without betraying his father
Cat among the herrings by L. C Tyler( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robin Pagham is dead - drowned in a sailing accident. The reaction of everyone in the village on hearing this tragic news is that Robin must have been drunk. After all, that was what he did best - that and drug dealing and breaking his former girlfriend's nose, with a bit of TV acting on the side. Surprisingly, newspaper reports of the inquest state that no alcohol was found in Robin's blood. It was accidental death, with no clear cause. At the funeral however Robin's latest girlfriend - to whom he has just got engaged - stands up and, lifting back her veil, announces that somebody in the congregation has murdered Robin and that she's going to have their arse. Although estranged, Elsie and Ethelred begin simultaneous investigations into Robin's death - as ever with some comical results"--Publisher's description
Bodies in the bookshop( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigate the killer plots of twenty mysteries - nearly all specially commissioned and all with a literary flavour - published in honour of Heffers and independent bookshops everywhere. Chase down the criminals in new stories featuring Carole & Jude, Gary Goodhew, the Good Thief and the redoubtable Baroness "Jack" Troutbeck, by their respective creators: Simon Brett, Alison Bruce, Chris Ewan and Ruth Dudley Edwards. Uncover further misdeeds, with enticing offerings from Kate Charles, Ann Cleeves, Judith Cutler, Ruth Downie, Stella Duffy, Martin Edwards, Christopher Fowler, Michael Gregorio, Susanna Gregory & Simon Beaufort, Elly Griffiths, Jenna Hawkins, Suzette A Hill, Peter Lovesey, Michelle Spring, Andrew Taylor and L C Tyler. Their works, collectively, feature every crime in the book. The brief to the contributors was for a story based on any or all of four themes: bookshops, Cambridge, books and libraries. We succeeded with the first three, but, in the absence of any library-based offering, two stories on other themes have sneaked in, though not undetected!
The plague road by L. C Tyler( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1665, and the Great Plague has London in its grip. Everyone who can has fled and the only sounds are the tolling bells and the incessant cry of 'bring out your dead!'. Where better, then, to hide a murdered man than amongst the corpses on their way to the plague pit? John Grey, now a successful lawyer, is called in by Secretary of State Lord Arlington to investigate an unexpected admission to the Tothill pit. The man was, before his murder, known to be carrying a letter from the Duke of York to the French ambassador. But the letter has vanished and Arlington wants it. Grey soon begins to realise why Arlington is prepared to pay well for the document. The contents will compromise not only the duke but many others around him. But Arlington is not the only one trying to recover the letter. Somebody has killed once to try to obtain it and is prepared to kill again. And Samuel Pepys's offer of help may not be all it seems. So John Grey is forced to set off on a journey through plague-ravaged England to fulfil his commission and keep himself safe from his enemies - if the Plague doesn't get him first
HERRING IN THE SMOKE by L. C Tyler( Book )

3 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty years ago Roger Norton Vane went for a walk in the Thai jungle and never returned. After years of wild speculation and fruitless searches, finally his death is to be made official and somebody will inherit his accumulated wealth.Ethelred Tressider, crime writer and Vane's biographer, attends the memorial service, but little does he expect to find himself talking to Vane himself, apparently returned from the dead. Chaos ensues and while trying to complete the biography it becomes clear that many people wish the man calling himself Vane had stayed dead, and that his anecdotes had died with him . . .With dubious help from his redoubtable literary agent Elsie Thirkettle, Ethelred is drawn into an increasingly complex and bloody mystery, and all he knows for certain is that someone has done a serious hatchet job on Vane
Étrange suicide dans une Fiat rouge à faible kilométrage by L. C Tyler( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in French and English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un écrivain qui s'échine sous trois pseudonymes se retrouve impliqué dans la disparition de son ex-femme : ainsi non seulement la police le soupçonne, mais son agent littéraire ne le quitte pas d'une semelle, tandis que l'inspiration commence à lui faire cruellement défaut. Il ne lui reste plus qu'à résoudre la mort mystérieuse de son ex, le corps de celle-ci ayant fâcheusement été retrouvé près de chez lui? Un roman comme savent si bien les écrire les Britanniques, avec un humour pince-sans-rire délicieux !
Ten little herrings by L. C Tyler( Recording )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective and mystery stories. When obscure crime writer Ethelred Tressider vanishes from his home, his indefatigable agent, Elsie Thirkettle, is soon on his trail. Finding him proves surprisingly easy. Bringing him home is another matter. Having followed Ethelred to a hotel in the French Loire, she find herself confined there with him after a prominent philatelist is murdered. Elsie is torn between her natural desire to interfere in the police investigation and her urgent need to escape to the local chocolatier. Ethelred, meanwhile, seems to know more about the murder than he is letting on. It does not help his peace of mind when two further guests are poisoned. Finally the time comes when Elsie must assemble the various suspects in the Dining Room, and reveal the killer's true identity
A gripping tale of murder, deceit and chocolate by L. C Tyler( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herring on the Nile by L. C Tyler( Recording )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an effort to rejuvenate his flagging career, crime novelist Ethelred Tressider decides to set his new book in Egypt and embarks on a "research trip" with his literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle, in tow. No sooner has their cruise on the Nile begun, however, than an attempt is made on Ethelred's life. When the boat's engine explodes and a passenger is found bloodily murdered, suspicion falls on everyone aboard, including a third-rate private eye, two individuals who may or may not be undercover police, and Ethelred himself. As the boat drifts out of control, though, it seems that events are being controlled by a party far more radical than anyone could have guessed
A cruel necessity by L. C Tyler( Recording )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theatres are padlocked. Christmas has been cancelled. It is 1657 and the unloved English Republic is eight years old. Though Cromwell's joyless grip on power appears immovable, many still look to Charles Stuart's dissolute and threadbare court-in-exile, and some are prepared to risk their lives plotting a restoration. For the officers of the Republic, constant vigilance is needed. So, when the bloody corpse of a Royalist spy is discovered on the dung heap of a small Essex village, why is the local magistrate so reluctant to investigate? John Grey, a young lawyer with no clients, finds himself alone in believing that the murdered man deserves justice. Grey is drawn into a vortex of plot and counterplot and into the all-encompassing web of intrigue spun by Cromwell's own spymaster, John Thurloe. So when nothing is what is seems, can Grey trust anyone?
A masterpiece of corruption by L. C Tyler( Recording )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is December 1657. John Grey, at his cramped desk in Lincoln's Inn, is attempting to resume his legal career. A mysterious message from a "Mr SK" tempts him out into the snowy streets of London and to what he believes will be a harmless diversion from his studies. Mr SK's letter proves to have been intended for somebody else entirely, and Grey finds himself unwittingly in the middle of a plot to assassinate the Lord Protector, a plot about which he now knows more than it is safe to know. Can he both prevent the murder and (of greater immediate relevance) save his own skin? Both the Sealed Knot and Cromwell's Secretary of State, John Thurloe, believe he is on their side, but he is unsure that either is on his. As somebody is kind enough to point out to him: "You are a brave man, Grey. The life of a double agent can be exciting but very short." Grey just has to hope that prediction is wrong
Murder gone mad by Philip MacDonald( Book )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first Golden Age detective novel to feature a serial killer with no rational motive - and surely impossible for Scotland Yard to solve? A long knife with a brilliant but perverted brain directing it is terrorising Holmdale - innocent people are being done to death under the very eyes of the law. After every murder a business-like letter arrives announcing that another 'removal has been carried out', and Inspector Pike of Scotland Yard has nothing to go on but the evidence of the bodies themselves and the butcher's own bravado. With clear thinking impossible in the face of such a breathless killing spree, the police make painfully slow progress: but how do you find a maniac who has no rational motive? Philip MacDonald had shown himself in The Noose and The Rasp to be a master of the detective novel. In Murder Gone Mad he raised the stakes with the first Golden Age crime novel to feature a motiveless serial killer prompted only by blood lust - inspired by the real-life case in 1929 of the Dusseldorf Monster - and this time without the familiar Anthony Gethryn on hand to reassure the reader. This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by L. C. Tyler, Chair of the Crime Writers Association and author of the award-winning 'Elsie and Ethelred' crime novels and the John Grey historical mysteries
Herring on the Nile by L. C Tyler( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The herring-seller's apprentice
Alternative Names
L.C. Tyler Écrivain

L C Tyler escritor británico

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English (109)

French (10)

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The herring in the libraryTen little herringsHerring on the NileA very persistent illusionA gripping tale of murder, deceit and chocolate