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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 Essex and read geography at Jesus College, Oxford University before going on to study systems analysis at City University in London. 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. His Ethelred and Elsie series has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award in the US. The Herring in the Library and Crooked Herring both won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at Bristol Crimefest. He has published a number of short stories in magazines and anthologies, including the CWA’s Guilty Consciences. His latest crime series is set in the seventeenth century and features the lawyer, John Grey.

L C Tyler is a former Chair of the Crime Writers Association.



Short story - The Trials of Margaret (2017)

Books by L C Tyler

  • Herring Seller's Apprentice Herring Seller's Apprentice

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  • Ten Little Herrings Ten Little Herrings

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  • The Herring in the Library The Herring in the Library


  • Herring on the Nile Herring on the Nile


  • Crooked Herring Crooked Herring

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  • A Cruel Necessity A Cruel Necessity

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  • A Masterpiece of Corruption
  • A Very Persistent Illusion A Very Persistent Illusion


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