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ANOTHER rib-ticklingly funny take on the
Agatha Christie canon. Crime novelist
Ethelred Tressider embarks on a fact-finding
trip to Egypt with his literary agent and
sidekick Elsie Thirkettle to research his next
book. Soon, there’s murder on the Nile and
Ethelred has a shipload of suspects
and a simmering dish of red herrings
to sort out. A real hoot.

 
 

 

Herring on the Nile

 

The Fourth Elsie & Ethelred Mystery

Published by Macmillan July 2011

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.

Herring on the Nile is an ingenious mystery, and a darkly funny tribute to Agatha Christie and the golden age of crime fiction.

 

Reviews

2011

FLEUR FISHER - (22nd July 2011)"

Hooray for the return of Ethelred and Elsie!

I anticipated a clever mystery and a fine entertainment, and that’s just what I got.......

Yes, there’s plenty of plot. And a fine cast of characters to play it out.

And there’s more: intelligence, wit and lovely details.The similarity of the title of this book to a certain novel by Agatha Christie is not a coincidence. There are echoes of that story in this book, but there are differences too. it is a fine tribute, but a fine book in its own right too. Not a pastiche, but a modern novel following in a fine tradition."

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PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH (17th July 2011)

"Another rib-tinklingly funny take on the Agatha Christie canon...........A real hoot." .

PROMOTING CRIME FICTION (4th July 2011)

A wonderful tribute to Agatha Christie, and at the risk of being hunted and tortured by Agatha Christie fans far more fun than ‘Death on the Nile’.

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MILO'S RAMBLES (27th June 2011)

The humour was as dry as the Saharan desert and frankly just up my street! I couldn’t stop laughing from beginning to end."

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IT'S A CRIME! (25 June 2011)

"Reading the next Herring is like meeting up with old friends and enjoying a good banter, with a good many laughs along the way.  The Herring on the Nile was simply a novel that had to be written for this series: a classic updated in Tyler’s own unique style."

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