L C Tyler

Crime Writer


"Tyler juggles character story, wit and clever one-liners with perfect balance"

Marcel Berlins, The Times

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Greetings, and thanks for dropping by on my website.

I am L C Tyler - you can call me Len if you're offering to buy me a drink. I am Chair of the Crime Writers Association, and I currently write two series of award winning murder mysteries.

The first features a crime writer named Ethelred Tressider and his agent, Elsie Thirkettle. They encountered their first dead body in The Herring Seller's Apprentice back in 2007. Since then Ethelred has solved a number of crimes, and has been shot at, kidnapped, arrested, menaced, deceived, abandoned and insulted - the last of these mainly by his agent. At the same time, Elsie has consumed many kilos of chocolate. They make a good team.

The second series features John Grey, a seventeenth century lawyer, who stumbles across the body of a murdered spy, and later has good cause to wish that he hadn't. He too has a side-kick, his childhood friend, Aminta Clifford, who is no more trustworthy now than she was when she was five. The action takes place in Cromwell's time - that's Oliver Cromwell, not the other guy. For those who wrongly believe that the Tudors are more fun than the Stuarts, I would refer you to my definitive vindication of the seventeenth century on the DHH blog.

Further details on all my books, and a bit more, can be found on this site. If you want to know what I am doing this very minute, then you can also follow me on Twitter, where men call me @lenctyler.

If you have comments on my books or would like me to attend your book group or some other event, then please get in touch, using the email listed in the Contact section.

In the meantime, happy reading!









Cover of Ten Little Herrings

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Crooked Herring wins the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2015 - best comic crime novel of 2014.

L C Tyler will be attending Crime in the Court 25 June 2015.

A Cruel Necessity published in paperback 7 May 2015

The Herring Seller's Apprentice and Ten Little Herrings are now availble in new Kindle editions from Allison and Busby

L C Tyler will be speaking at the St Hilda's cime weekend in Oxford 14-16 August 2015

L C Tyler will be speaking at the British Library on the Golden Age of Crime 20 June 2015

In June Sonatine Editions will bring out a French translation of Herring in the Library - MORT MYSTÉRIEUSE D'UN RESPECTABLE BANQUIER ANGLAIS DANS LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE D'UN MANOIR TUDOR DU SUSSEX translated by Elodie Leplat

L C Tyler will be attending Bristol CrimeFest 14-17 May 2015

A Cruel Necessity published by Constable and Robinson 6 November 2014

L C Tyler will be talking to the Oxford University Society on 15 October 2014 at the Oxford and |Cambridge Club in London

Crooked Herring published 18 September by Allison and Busby!

A Cruel Necessity will be Book of the Month at Goldsboro Books in November.

L C Tyler will be attending the Historical Novel Society conference 5-6 September 2014

The French translation of Ten Little Herrings Homicides multiples dans un hôtel miteux des bords de Loire will be published by Pocket on 4 September 2014

Crooked Herring, the fifth book in the Ethelred and Elsie series will appear in September 2014 (Allison and Busby)

A Cruel Necessity, the first book in a new historical crime series featuring C17th lawyer, John Grey, will appear in November 2014 (Constable and Robinson)

L C Tyler was re-elected Vice Chair of the Crime Writers Assocation for a further year at their AGM in April 2014.

L C Tyler's short story 'Giving Something Back' appears in the new CWA anthology, Guilty Parties (Severn House) April 2014

The French translation of "The herring seller's apprentice" or "Étrange suicide dans une Fiat rouge a faible kilometrage".

"Herring on the Nile" has been shorlisted for the "Goldsboro Last Laugh Award" for best humorous crime novel of 2011, Crimefest Bristol 2012.

16th May "Herring on the Nile" is published in USA

LC Tyler is delighted to be represented by David Headley at DHH Literary Agency.

"The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 9". See LC Tyler's "A Fair Deal"

" Guilty Consciences" an anthology of short stories edited by Martin Edwards for the CWA. Includes a short story, "Conned" by L C Tyler.

23.8.11. Latest podcast; LC Tyler & Simon Brett in "Summer of Crime" at Newcastle City Library. Click here.

Interview with LC Tyler for "The Book Fiends KIngdom" which raises funds for the care of adults with autism.

"The Herring in the Library" has won "The Last Laugh Award" for the best humorous crime novel of 2010, CrimeFest Bristol 2011

LC Tyler is long-listed for the prestigious CWA "Dagger in the Library" along with Macmillan writers Peter James & CJ Samson.

"Ten Little Herrings" is nominated for an "Edgar" 2011 (Best Paperback Original)

Ten Little Herrings"will be published as an Audiobook on 1.2.11

20.11.10. The Times Christmas Books; Marcel Berlin recommends "The Herring in the Library" as " a joy to read."

The Guardian, review of "The Herring in the Library". Click here

"Knitting Needles at Dawn"; Listen to this & other panels from Harrogate Crime Writing festival. Click here.

"The Herring-Seller's Apprentice" is nominated for a Barry Award 2010 in the best paperback original category.

2010 "Edgar Allan Poe Awards" ("The Herring-Seller's Apprentice" is nominated for the "best paperback original"

"The Herring Seller'a Apprentice" & "Ten Little Herrings" will be published in French In 2012 & 2013 by Sonatine Editions

"A Fair Deal", a short story, is published in the Sunday Express 28/2/10

"Stories of my life". L C Tyler. The Herald


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