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Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death [Hardcover]

W. J. Burley
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1 April 1990
The vicious murder of a repectable bookseller mystifies Chief Superintendent Wycliffe, who digs into the man's past and uncovers a complex network of family tensions, rivalries and emnity, and the possibility of another murder having been committed and covered up.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First Edition edition (1 April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575047089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575047082
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,384,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A respectable bookseller is found bludgeoned and strangled and it's up to Chief Superintendent Wycliffe to find out why . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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W.J. Burley lived near Newquay in Cornwall, and was a schoolmaster until he retired to concentrate on his writing. His many Wycliffe books include, most recently, Wycliffe and the Guild of Nine. He died in 2002. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Charles Wycliffe, Detective Chief Superintendent, and Matthew Glynn, bookseller and district councillor, were spending their Saturday eighty miles apart with no idea that their paths would cross; in fact, in ignorance of each other's existence. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family history 23 Jan 2012
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Matthew Glynn is found dead in his bookshop. There are plenty of suspects for the crime - not least among his own family - three children, two brothers and his sister. It soon emerges, when Wycliffe starts answering questions that Matthew did not get on well with his two brothers.

When yet another Glynn is found dead and it is revealed that Matthew's wife disappeared in mysterious circumstances seventeen years ago and brother Maurice's wife died of an overdose it starts to seem that the Glynn family has more than its fair share of trouble.

Some have criticised the lack of a conclusive ending to this book. It's not something that bothers me as half the pleasure of reading a crime story is the unravelling of the mystery so that the reader can draw their own conclusions. It is clear from the ending who the police believe was responsible and the reader can work it out. However if you don't like mysteries without a conclusive ending with the murderer arrested and awaiting trial then it would be best to steer clear of this one.

I enjoyed reading this book and the writing is well up to this author's high standard. Wycliffe is at his humane best in this story - seeing both sides of the questions raised and understanding more than many people seem to. An enjoyable mystery but not for those who like the solution to be laid out neatly for them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the ending? 5 Dec 2006
This book has been sitting in my bookshelf for several years, and for some reason I didn't read it until now. It's a standard murder mystery, but well written. I had read the other customer review here on Amazon.com before I finished the book, so I was prepared for the ending, which certainly is a disappointment. In a mystery novel, the mystery is supposed to be solved. In this book, everybody thinks the mystery is solved, except for Wycliffe, so the investigation continues, and more evidence is unearhted, making their initial theory less probably, but Wycliffe for some reason decide not to proceed with the case.

With a proper ending, this would have been a pretty good mystery novel, but it's not. You'd be better off with most other murder mysteries instead of this one. Not recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 17 Nov 2013
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I get a lot of pleasure reading Wycliffe. This book fully deserves a5 stars. In my opinion Burley was a very fine writer. Fully recommended
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