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Wycliffe and Death in Stanley Street (Magna Large Print) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

W. J. Burley
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1 Oct 1997 Magna Large Print

A dubious cul-de-sac just off the busy main road in a sprawling West Country port, Stanley Street is definitely not a salubrious place. And the victim, found naked and strangled in her bed is, appropriately enough, a prostitute.

The local inspector believes it is just another sex crime, but Chief Superintendent Wycliffe is not convinced. For the victim, Lily Painter, is the kind of girl who likes Beethoven and has lots of 'O' and 'A' levels to her name - not the usual sort of prostitute at all. And when Wycliffe goes digging into her background, he comes up with plenty of surprises, not least a shadowy connection with property speculators and drug smugglers.

But it takes a dangerous arson attack and a second murder before the solution to this complex and fast-moving puzzle can be found...

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  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Magna Large Print Books; Large type edition edition (1 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750511435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750511438
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,801,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A young girl is found dead in a house on Stanley Street... but it's just the start of a complex puzzle which Wycliffe must unravel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady of the Night 27 Dec 2011
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A prostitute is found dead in a flat on Stanley Street and Wycliffe has to investigate. He soon finds layers upon layers of secrets and few people involved are what they seem to be. It is difficult to say very much more about the plot without giving half of it away. Suffice it to say that it is intricate enough to keep most readers guessing until close to the end.

I enjoy this author's writing style and I like Wycliffe as a character. He is happily married to Helen and has two nearly adult children. He has a reputation for eccentricity at work and for not wanting to discuss the case he's working on because it disrupts his thought processes. He likes to work on his own following up his own hunches but knows he has to work with other people as well.

The other characters in this story are well drawn though not always likeable - `Lily Painter' - the victim, Jarvis the antiquarian book seller and his unpleasant assistant and the architect Paul Morris. This is an interesting story about the seamier side of life which go on behind the facade of respectability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wycliffe and death in stanley street 10 Sep 2013
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it was another really good book from w.j.burley I have now read all of his wycliffe books they will grip you until the end
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I like W J Burley's style. He brings the characters to life. The TV series has helped too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The lady of the night 4 April 2012
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A prostitute is found dead in a flat on Stanley Street and Wycliffe has to investigate. He soon finds layers upon layers of secrets and few people involved are what they seem to be. It is difficult to say very much more about the plot without giving half of it away. Suffice it to say that it is intricate enough to keep most readers guessing until close to the end.

I enjoy this author's writing style and I like Wycliffe as a character. He is happily married to Helen and has two nearly adult children. He has a reputation for eccentricity at work and for not wanting to discuss the case he's working on because it disrupts his thought processes. He likes to work on his own following up his own hunches but knows he has to work with other people as well.

The other characters in this story are well drawn though not always likeable - `Lily Painter' - the victim, Jarvis the antiquarian book seller and his unpleasant assistant and the architect Paul Morris. This is an interesting story about the seamier side of life which go on behind the facade of respectability.
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