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Published by Allison & Busby, 18
February 2016. ISBN: 978-0-74901-986-0
The village of West Wittering was burying
the last of the Paghams, afamily,
the rector said had for centuries been significant landowners in the area. That
the family fortunes had in recent years declined through gambling, drinking and
bribery, he glossed over. Robin Pagham had met a tragic end when out sailing.
“Probably drunk” mused the congregation.However, it appeared that Robin’s fiancée Catrina did not share the
general view, as just as they were all ready to take their leave of the church
and head for refreshment at the wake, Catrina lifted her veil and surveying the
congregation declared: ‘One of you bastards murdered Robin, and I’m going to
have your arse.’
At the wake Ethelred Tressidor funds himself buttonholed by Catrina to
find out who killed Robin, but he politely refuses. However, when taxed by
journalist Tom Gittings, who reveals that his family and the Paghams have lived
side by side as it were for centuries, and asks Ethelred to look into the
murder of his ancestor John Gittings, he is intrigued. After all, there might
be a book in it.
When Ethelred’s former agent Elsie Thirkettlegets wind of a possible murder investigation
in the village of West Wittering, she wastes no time in scheduling a visit.
While Elthelred proceeds to investigate the murder of John Gittings, Elsie
pursues her own investigations, with comic results.
Despite their current estrangement it was joy to visit again with
Elthelred and Elsie. An intriguing murder, interspersed with the life of a
literary agent.All those rejection
letters to write, to point budding authors in the right direction with
encouragement and kindness. And to help one’s PA to understand irony.
I loved this book. And heartily recommend it.
L. C. Tylerwas born in Southend, Essex, and educated at
Southend High School for Boys, Jesus College Oxford and City University London.
After university he joined the Civil Service and worked at the Department of
the Environment in London and Hong Kong. He then moved to the British Council,
where his postings included Malaysia, Thailand, Sudan and Denmark.
returning to the UK he has lived in Sussex and London, and was Chief Executive
of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for eleven years. He is
now a full time writer. His first novel, The
Herring Seller's Apprentice, was published by Macmillan in 2007, followed by A Very Persistent Illusion, Ten Little
Herrings, The Herring in the Library and Herring on the Nile. The first book in a new historical series, A Cruel Necessity, was published by
Constable and Robinson in November 2014. The follow up is A Masterpiece of Corruption and was published in January 2016.