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By L. C. Tyler

Whilst vague crime author Ethelred Tressider vanishes, his dogged literary agent, Elsie Thirkettle, is quickly on his path. discovering him (in a ramshackle resort within the French Loire) proves strangely effortless. Bringing him domestic proves more challenging than anticipated yet (as Elsie observes) who may have expected that, in a resort packed with stamp creditors, the site visitors may by surprise begin murdering one another? One visitor is located fatally stabbed, it sounds as if the sufferer of an outsider. but if a wealthy Russian oligarch additionally dies, in a resort now swarming with policemen, suspicion falls at the final visitors. Elsie is torn among her ordinary wish to intrude within the police research and her pressing have to get away to the town's chocolaterie. Ethelred, in the meantime, turns out to understand extra concerning the killings than he's letting on. ultimately the time comes whilst Elsie needs to gather many of the suspects within the eating Room, and exhibit the reality ...Ten Little Herrings is a brilliantly anarchic tackle the vintage state residence secret, and an uproarious sequel to the 1st Elsie and Ethelred secret, The Herring Seller's Apprentice. compliment for The Herring Seller's Apprentice, the 1st Elsie and Ethelred secret: 'Masterful' monetary instances 'A vintage detective novel' Scotsman 'Unusually complete' Helen Dunmore

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He too may retire, early if attainable, and revel in a snug outdated age. Then, whilst he used to be sixty-four, the corporate had folded. A overseas enterprise had stepped in to rescue the operation, yet to not shore up the pension scheme. It used to be too overdue to move anyplace else or do anything. you'll say his bitterness was once no longer unreasonable. I raised my eyebrows whilst he advised me the identify of the corporate. He appeared blind to the accident. or maybe, having permit it slip, he didn’t desire to draw my awareness to it. ‘So, have you ever acquired any stamps? ’ I requested. ‘Or have been you the following on the other company? ’ ‘Other company? ’ he requested, wondered. We checked out one another. there has been no conspiratorial wink, no trace of popularity. ‘OK, I simply wondered,’ I stated. ‘What different company may i've got? ’ he requested. ‘None, I guess,’ I stated lamely. good, I’d given him an opportunity to bare himself if he was once my touch. both he used to be enjoying it very cool or he used to be a stamp collector who had most likely all started to imagine i used to be a bit of extraordinary within the head. I mentally chalked up a pass opposed to his identify and puzzled how speedy i'll get away. there has been, I knew from prior adventure on the inn, a chance he could commence speaking approximately stamps and never cease. Ever. ‘No, i used to be simply deciding to buy stamps,’ he acknowledged. ‘Actually, I regarded, more often than not. No cash now, you notice. I simply obtained one or . I acquire ecu stamps – German, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and so forth. ’ ‘But no longer the ten-kroner puce, eh? ’ I acknowledged with a grin. It used to be an outstanding line to log off on. He used to be imagined to laugh. i used to be purported to stand, permitting me and my sanity to make a swish go out. He didn't giggle. ‘Yes. I want I’d been at that flea industry. Whoever obtained the stamps most likely had no concept what they’d obtained carry of. ’ ‘I guess they do now, though,’ I acknowledged. I stood up besides. ‘I’m definite they do. And they’ll most likely continue quiet approximately it. the one humans who’ll become profitable out of the affair in any case stands out as the attorneys. ’ ‘True,’ I acknowledged. ‘I suspect it's going to all turn out in court docket. ’ ‘Probably,’ he acknowledged. ‘Still, it'd be solid to have a type of stamps as my pension fund. are you aware, incidentally, what was once the costliest merchandise bought at a stamp public sale? ’ I guessed all of us knew that. I sank again into my chair. I questioned no matter if i'll nonetheless break out if I bought the reply correct. ‘The Swedish three-skilling yellow,’ I stated. He smiled unfortunately and shook his head. ‘Not by means of a ways. That went for an insignificant 2. 87 million Swiss francs. a canopy bearing either the one-penny and two-penny Mauritius “Post workplace” stamps bought for five. seventy five million. five. seventy five. a lot of people imagine it’s the treskilling yellow, yet they’re means out. ’ ‘I’ll do my most sensible to recollect that,’ I stated, attempting to stifle a yawn. Then I obtained fortunate. unexpectedly, Jones bought to his toes. ‘God, I hate being cooped up here,’ he exclaimed all at once. ‘I hate being cooped up at any place. I simply desire they allow us to cross at the present time. ’ I agreed that may be strong, and watched him march off all of sudden into the resort. might be his speedy departure had needed to do with not anything other than the chilly in the market at the terrace.

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