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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, before becoming a full time writer.

His first novel, The Herring Seller's Apprentice, was published by Macmillan in 2007. Subsequent books in the series (now published by Allison and Busby) are Ten Little Herrings, The Herring in the Library, Herring on the Nile, Crooked Herring, Cat Among the Herrings, Herring in the Smoke and The Maltese Herring.


Photo: (c) Sam Peach

The first book in a new historical series, A Cruel Necessity, featuring John Grey, a seventeenth century lawyer and spy, was published by Constable and Robinson in November 2014. This had been followed by A Masterpiece of Corruption, The Plague Road, Fire and The Bleak Midwinter.

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

The Herring in the Library and Crooked Herring both won the Goldsboro Last Laugh award (best comic crime novel of the year). The Herring series has also been shortlisted twice in the USA for an Edger Allan Poe award (best paperback original). Fire was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger. His short story The Trials of Margaret won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2017. An earlier(non-crime) story, Richard Remembered, won an Ian St James Award.

He is a former Chair of the Crime Writers Association, a member of the Detection Club and is represented by David Headley at the DHH literary agency.