L C Tyler

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L C (Len) Tyler is a British writer of comic crime fiction. His Elsie and Ethelred mysteries feature Ethelred Tressider, a crime writer, and Elsie Thirkettle, his literary agent.


L. C. Tyler was raised in Southend-on-Sea, Essex and studied geography at Jesus College, Oxford University (matriculating in 1971), before going on to study systems analysis at City University in London.[1][2] He worked for the British Council in Malaysia, Sudan, Thailand and Denmark, before becoming Chief Executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, then a full-time writer.[2] Tyler's 2007 novel The Herring Seller's Apprentice was nominated for an Edgar Award for "Best Paperback Original".[3] In 2015 LC Tyler was elected Chair of the Crime Writers' Association [4] and won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award in both 2010 [5] for The Herring in the Library and in 2015 [6] for Crooked Herring. The Herring Seller’s Apprentice and Ten Little Herrings were nominated for Edgar Allan Poe Awards.


The Elsie and Ethelred mysteries[edit]

  • The Herring Seller's Apprentice (2007)
  • Ten Little Herrings (2009)
  • The Herring in the Library (August 2010)
  • The Herring on the Nile (July 2011)
  • Crooked Herring (2014)
  • Cat among the Herrings (2016)

Other novels[edit]

  • A Very Persistent Illusion (2009)[7]
  • A Cruel Necessity (2014) - John Grey historical mystery Book 1
  • Bodies in the Bookshop (Editor, 2014)
  • A Masterpiece of Corruption (2016) - John Grey historical mystery Book 2
  • The Plague Road (2016) - John Grey historical mystery Book 3


  1. ^ "In Print" (pdf). Jesus College Newsletter. Jesus College, Oxford (11): 31. 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "LC Tyler". Luton Arts Festival. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "More Edgar Award nominees". Salisbury Post. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  4. ^ http://thecwa.co.uk/news/new-chair-for-the-cwa
  5. ^ http://www.crimefest.com/awards_2011.html
  6. ^ http://www.crimefest.com/awards-cf/#lastlaugh
  7. ^ Tyler, LC (24 Feb 2009). "Copenhagen: My kind of town". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 

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