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Monday, 4 July 2011
‘Herring on the Nile’ by L C Tyler
Joining the ship the first passenger Ethelred sets eyes on is inept Private Eye Herbie Proctor, who imparts that he is there to protect his client, but doesn’t say who his client is. Conversation with a Mr Pirbright takes an odd turn when it appears he thinks that Ethelred is the Ex-MI5 spy turned author Paul Fielder. The two Egyptians tell Elsie they are undercover detectives chasing two criminals, but they won’t say who they are, but to keep it to herself. After overhearing a couple of disjointed conversations, Ethelred and Elsie think all the other passengers also seem a pretty shady bunch.
When the boat’s engines fail, and a body is discovered, there is of course no end of suspects. And Ethelred is in the thick of it.
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
If you haven’t read any L C Tyler books before you are in for treat. The whole book is a joy – an intriguing mystery with some great characters. And the last paragraph is an utter delight.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes