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Ethelred Tressider is a mystery writer with problems, not the least of which is his incurably nosy, chocolate-chomping agent, who couldn’t give two toffees for mystery novels. She does, however, have a passion for real-life mysteries, and that passion gets stirred up when Ethelred’s ex-wife goes missing and Ethelred—none too tightly wound at the best of times—starts behaving in an extremely peculiar fashion.
When we last saw Ethelred Tressider, he was pulling a disappearing act, eager to pack in his career as a mediocre mystery-writer, and happy to leave his (deservedly) long suffering agent, Elsie, holding the bag. But any bag that Elsie holds will soon be brimful of chocolates, and as Ten Little Herrings opens, she is tracking Ethelred to a run-down French hotel hosting a stamp-collectors’ conference. A murder (quelle surprise!) ensues, and, as the title (a nod to Agatha Christie’s famous Ten Little Indians) suggests, the whole thing turns into a blissfully funny parody of classic British crime fiction.