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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Farewell my herring by L C Tyler

Fell Hall is remote, no wifi connections, cut off from the outside world and ideal for a creative writing retreat. When just three of the participants turn up (two of them one day early), the others are the lecturers it is a mixed crowd and does not sit quite right. All are crime writers of different strengths and popularity and the convenor of them all seems very detached from it all. Running the event with an iron hand and according to rules with no deviation Wendy has done this before and hopes to conclude this one successfully. She did not envisage that those who came had all got complicated histories and that one of them was a blackmailer. When one body is discovered and when the whole Hall is cut off completely due to inclement weather it is upto Ethelred and Elsie to do the detective work themselves and try to find which of their small group is the murderer. It seems straightforward at first like all mystery murders but then they get side tracked by additional bits of information and events. Set over just a couple of days, the story goes back and forth dissecting each person present and the reasons they could or could not be the murderer. Why the victim was chosen is fairly straightforward and the end was not too complicated. A well told mystery. Sent by Allison & Busby for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

6 comments:

Lark said...

I love remote settings, and the fact that many of the characters in this one are writers intrigues me even more. :)

TracyK said...

I have not read anything by this author, even though I have read about his books. I think I would want to read from the beginning of the series if I did try him.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

This sounds unique and good!

Blodeuedd said...

That is quite the title

jenclair said...

I found this one interesting, too. I did get a little tired of Elsie's attempts at detection, but it was a fun satirical novel. :)

Susan said...

I hadn't heard of this one before, but it definitely sounds like my kind of mystery. Thanks for the heads-up!