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To Kill a Cat Hardcover – 2 Jul 1970

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (2 July 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575004916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575004917
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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"Whenever a character comes back as many times as Chief Superintendent Wycliffe, a reviewer is faced with a dilemma: What can you say that you haven't already said? We called attention to Burley's solid plotting, well-described and colorful settings, and intriguing characters...Finally, we have no choice but to repeat ourselves by emphasizing one more time how pleasurable the familiar conventions of the genre can be in the hands of a writer as good as Burley." --"Booklist" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Another classic crime novel featuring Cornwall's Superintendent Wycliffe. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2011
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Wycliffe is on holiday when a body is found in a downmarket hotel close to where he's staying with his wife, Helen. Naturally he cannot resist getting involved on the basis that he would have been called in anyway. The body is that of a young woman and she has been strangled. Wycliffe's investigations lead him into many dead ends but he also finds connections to some very dodgy dealings.

This is an interesting and well written crime novel and it is the second in the series. It is a traditional crime novel with very little on the page violence or bad language though that doesn't mean it avoids the seamier side of crime. I like the way the picture is built up with plenty of clues and suspects and I only worked out who the murderer was just before they were revealed.

This is an interesting story with believable characters and motivations. If you haven't tried this series before and you like your crime novels traditional then give it a try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rich on 19 Dec. 2010
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The body of a young woman is found in a hotel. Wycliffe investigates, but how do you solve a murder, when you can't identify the victim?

This is a whodunnit, which wastes no time and just gets on with telling a tale. What I find appealing with Wycliffe is the empathy he has for the murder victim. Surprisingly, this isn't a character trait all that common in detective fiction. A bit more local colour would have been nice here. This novel has aged fairly well, in that the dingy flats, nightclubs and musty secondhand bookshops which form the main locations, still exist throughout the UK. The final revelation is effective but perhaps not that satisfying. A good read, it's been a while since I read the first Wycliffe book, I won't be waiting so long until the next one.
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Just finished my third Wycliffe. Why have I waited so long to discover these wonderful novels? Such intelligent writing, now going on to order the next one!
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By Bob Harvey on 25 Jan. 2015
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Slightly too convoluted police procedural. The complexity of the plot would have benefitted from a bit longer narrative.
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By g on 5 Jun. 2013
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Rather predictable. It would be good to have an order in which the books were written as the characters become familiar.
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excellent book couldnt put it down, enjoyed both the books and tv series, lets have some more in audio dvds please.
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