Tyler, L C - 'Herring on the Nile'
Embarking on a research trip for his new book to be set in Egypt, writer Ethelred Tressider sets sail up the Nile on the luxury paddle steamer Khedive. His intended companion for the trip was the attractive widow of the late Lord Muntham, but things rarely go according to plan, and so accompanying him is his agent Elsie Thirkettle.
Joining the ship the first passenger Ethelred sets eyes on is inept private eye Herbie Proctor, who imparts that he is there to protect his client, but doesn't say who his client is. Conversation with a Mr Pirbright takes an odd turn when it appears he thinks that Ethelred is the Ex-MI5 spy turned author Paul Fielder. Then two Egyptians tell Elsie they are undercover detectives chasing two criminals, but they won't say who they are, but to keep it to herself. After overhearing a couple of disjointed conversations, Ethelred and Elsie think all the other passengers also seem a pretty shady bunch.
When the boat's engines fail, and a body is discovered, there is of course no end of suspects. And Ethelred is in the thick of it.
HERRING ON THE NILE is a wonderful tribute to Agatha Christie, and at the risk of being hunted and tortured by Agatha Christie fans far more fun than DEATH ON THE NILE.
If you haven't read any L C Tyler books before you are in for treat. The whole book is a joy - an intriguing mystery with some great characters. And the last paragraph is an utter delight.
Lizzie Hayes, England