Ten Little Herrings
ISBN: 0230714676 Global Overview for this book
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Amazon Editorial Review
When obscure crime writer Ethelred Tressider vanishes, his dogged literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle, is soon on his trail. Finding him (in a ramshackle hotel in the French Loire) proves surprisingly easy. Bringing him home proves more difficult than expected but (as Elsie observes) who would have predicted that, in a hotel full of stamp collectors, the guests would suddenly start murdering each other? One guest is found fatally stabbed, apparently the victim of an intruder. But when a rich Russian oligarch also dies, in a hotel now swarming with policemen, suspicion falls on the remaining guests. Elsie is torn between her natural desire to interfere in the police investigation and her urgent need to escape to the town's chocolaterie. Ethelred, meanwhile, seems to know more about the killings than he is letting on. Finally the time comes when Elsie must assemble the various suspects in the Dining Room, and reveal the truth ...Ten Little Herrings is a brilliantly anarchic take on the classic Country House Mystery, and an uproarious sequel to the first Elsie and Ethelred mystery, The Herring Seller's Apprentice. Praise for The Herring Seller's Apprentice, the first Elsie and Ethelred Mystery: 'Masterful' Financial Times 'A classic detective novel' Scotsman 'Unusually accomplished' Helen Dunmore
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I just love the characters. Elsie's snarky remarks & the overall wit are just to my taste. For me the writing has a rather timeless quality about it, apart from the rare mention of the internet & google, it could almost be set at any time in the past five or six decades. Still my judgement may be clouded by my book’s cover picture, as that, along with the names Elsie & Ethelred, give things a bit of a 1950's vibe to me. Anyhow that's pretty irrelevant…..although I would really like to know how old are they supposed to be.
I did think this story had a touch of the “Agatha Christies” about it. Perhaps it was the title itself, or the setting of a continental hotel with a mixed bag of residents, or maybe it was the way Elsie gathered everyone in the dining room to reveal the murderer(s)…even if she didn’t do it all that successfully!
Utterly delightful from start to finish (although I did have to read through the postscript twice to make sure I’d got the gist of it)
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