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L C Tyler

‘A fast-paced tale of double-crossing and double agents during a tumultuous period in English history …. the humour running through the book is a delight’  The Times

L C Tyler was born in Southend, Essex, and educated at Southend High School for Boys, Jesus College Oxford and City University London. After university he joined the Civil Service and worked at the Department of the Environment in London and Hong Kong. He then moved to the British Council, where his postings included Malaysia, Thailand, Sudan and Denmark.

Since returning to the UK he has lived in Sussex and London, and was Chief Executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for eleven years. He is now a full time writer.

His first novel, The Herring Seller's Apprentice, was published by Macmillan in 2007, followed by A Very Persistent Illusion, Ten Little Herrings, The Herring in the Library and Herring on the Nile.

The first book in a new historical series, A Cruel Necessity, was published by Constable and Robinson in November 2014. The follow up is A Masterpiece of Corruption and was published in January 2016.


Photo: (c) Sam Peach

He has also written one stand-alone non-crime novel: A Very Persistent Illusion.

Crooked Herring, the fifth book in the Ethelred and Elsie series was published by Allison and Busby in September 2014. Earlier books in the series are all now republished by Allison and Busby with beautiful new jackets.

The Herring in the Library and Crooked Herring both won the Goldsboro Last Laugh award (best comic crime novel of the year). L C Tyler has also been shortlisted twice in the USA for an Edger Allan Poe award (best paperback original) and has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library. His short story, Richard Remembered, won an Ian St James Award.

L C Tyler has also published short stories in various anthologies and magazines, and written occasional articles for newspapers.

He is Chair of the Crime Writers Association and is represented by David Headley at the DHH literary agency.