The Herring in the Library
Ethelred and Elsie are an unlikely duo: he's a deeply mediocre mystery writer (earlier encountered in the Edgar-nominated The Herring Seller's Apprentice and Ten Little Herrings), and she's his deeply nosy, chocolate-chomping agent. And yet they are stuck with one another, if only because their combined sleuthing abilities are much more impressive than anything either one of them can come up with alone. Tonight's agenda: dinner with Ethelred's pal "Shagger" Muntham and his titled wife. Elsie may not be overly fond of the Shag, but she wasn't exactly hoping someone would murder him in the library of his own stately home. However, now that someone has done the dastardly deed, would it kill Ethelred to take a little interest, show a little Sherlockian spirit for once? The Herring in the Library won the Last Laugh Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel of 2010.
"Biting social satire and loads of fun detective work"—Booklist
Who's likely to like this: Fans of the Golden Age of mystery and truly intelligent cozies
2011 • Fiction/Mystery • 240 pages • ISBN: 978-1-934609-76-7