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  1. Herring on the Nile: Ethelred and Elsie #4 (Ethelred & Elsie)
    Herring on the Nile: Ethelred and Elsie #4 (Ethelred & Elsie)
    Herring on the Nile: Ethelred and Elsie #4 (Ethelred & Elsie)
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  2. Herring on the Nile: Ethelred and Elsie #4 (Ethelred & Elsie)

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Ahilarious parody of Agatha Christie and fourth in a series nominated for two Edgar awards.
Ethelred Tressider’s career is not, let’s face it, what one might call glittering. This is not surprising: Ethelred lost any real interest in writing mystery novels many years ago, and his audience has never been truly excited about reading them. And yet the bills must be paid. In a desperate effort to revive his imagination, Ethelred books a cruise down the Nile—cradle of civilization, ancient royal rivalries, etc. Well, it worked for Agatha Christie.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Herring on the Nile is another excellent Ethelred and Elsie mystery! It is refreshing to read mysteries with such flawed but likeable main characters. Hilarious as always!
Third level list mystery writer (under two aliases) and romance author (under another name) Ethelred Tressider informs his agent Elsie Thirkettle that he is going to Egypt to conduct research for his next book. Accompanying him is Annabelle, the widow of the late Lord Muntham. Annabelle is not coming with him; so Ethelred invites Elise giving her eight days' notice.

The writer and his agent sail up the Nile on the Khedive, a luxurious paddle steamer. Also on board is bonehead private investigator Herbie Proctor, who foolishly boasts he is on the ship protecting a client. Another passenger Mr. Pirbright believes Ethelred is a former MI5 field operative who became the author Paul Fielder. Two Egyptians inform Elsie they are undercover detectives pursuing two criminals. The two Brits compare notes re the other passengers are a felonious crew, but the trek proves worse when the engine's die and a murdered corpse is found; everyone even apparently Elsie assumes Ethelred is... Read more
This is the fourth in the series, and (to date) the second best. (The first--The Herring Seller's Apprentice--seems to me slightly better.) Following the events in The Herring in the Library, crime writer Ethelred Tressider decides to take a Nile cruise (for research purposes...but he also intended to have company). Things don't work out exactly as planned, as his expected company does not accompany him--but his agent, Elsie Thirkettle, does.

Ethelred is cornered by another passenger on the boat, a Mr. Purbright, who alleges himself to be an agent of M.I.6, and, mistaking Ethelred (one of whose pen names is Peter Fielding) for Paul Fielder, a best-selling thriller writer. he seeks Ethelred's help in dealing with possible terrorists and needs some backup. The other passengers on the boat are the usual strangely assorted lot, none of whom may be quite what they seem to be. (Among the passengers is Herbie Proctor, a somewhat sleazy and incompetent PI there to protect a... Read more
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