A Cruel Necessity

A Cruel Necessity : The First John Grey Historical Mystery

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Two-time Edgar nominee LC Tyler is best known for his series featuring Ethelred and Elsie - a third-rate novelist and his gloriously vulgar agent, respectively. And so he should be: He's twice won Britain's Last Laugh" award for the Best Humorous Mystery of the Year. But with A Cruel Necessity, the first in the John Grey series, Tyler takes a sharp turn into the shadows. There are still some chuckles to be had, but not many: This is England in the year 1657, Oliver Cromwell is in power, and joy has essentially been outlawed. A young lawyer with a taste for beer and pretty women, Grey finds pleasures enough, even in this backwater Essex town, but he'd be wise to keep his amusement to himself: A Royalist spy has been found dead in a local ditch, and Cromwell's agents are eager - distressingly eager - to explain to Grey that this is nothing to laugh about.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 202 x 13mm | 281g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1631941046
  • 9781631941047
  • 1,705,037

About L. C. Tyler

LC (Len) Tyler is a British writer best known for the "Ethelred & Elsie" series, for which he has received two Edgar nominations and the UK's Last Laugh award for best humorous mystery of the year. He lives in London.
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