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Wycliffe and the Dunes Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

W.J. Burley
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1 Nov 2007 Wycliffe

Cochran Wilder disappeared fifteen years ago while on a walking holiday in Cornwall. Recently released from a psychiatric hospital after being convicted of indecent assault, he had been a serious embarrassment to his father, a prominent MP. Now his body has been found, buried in the dunes. It is clear that he was murdered.

Wycliffe suspects the involvement of six people, now well-established figures in the community, who at the time had been spending an illicit weekend at a chalet near where Wilder's body was found. All are disturbed by Wycliffe's interest and by a series of threatening anonymous communications. But then a second murder is committed and the investigation takes on a new urgency ¿


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075288185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881850
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A high-profile murder investigation for Wycliffe

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wycliffe's always a winner 1 April 2007
By Jane Baker VINE VOICE
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Wycliffe indulges in a little introspection of the "Who am I?" type before settling into the 15 year old unsolved case of the missing,now dead,Cochran Wilder. He's still very concerned with food and finding a decent place for lunch - and always succeeds; Helen's still in the kitchen producing the delicious comfort food he craves. Does this detective think with his stomach? Wycliffe needs a woman - Helen at home and Lucy at work. He's a regular guy and my favourite detective - his sensitive nature and sometimes less than confident disposition makes him so appealing. He does a splendid job but sometimes I feel he would be happier in the quiet life of university or a "good" school - like his creator. The 6 central characters are introduced as typical students and end as disparate, untrusting and unhappy 30 somethings bonded forever by an illicit week-end. Then there's the eccentric Badger. Where does he fit in? Strange that he's related to 2 of the characters. It all gels to form a compelling read. Give me more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another good Wycliffe story 2 Jan 2010
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Fifteen years ago, the son of a prominent MP disappeared whilst on a coastal walking holiday after his release from a psychiatric hospital. The police had assumed suicide. Now his body has been found buried in the sand dunes, and it's clear his father was right all along -- the young man had been murdered.

A flashback prologue makes it clear to the reader from the start that a group of six teenagers having an illicit weekend were the last people to see Cochrane Wilder alive. The fun in the first half of the book is watching Wycliffe's team slowly piece together the clues that lead them to first one member, then the whole group. But knowing that one or more of the group was almost certainly responsible for Cochran Wilder's death and burial isn't the same thing as being able to prove who did it and why -- not when all six also have relatively innocent reasons for hiding their involvement in that weekend. And then a second murder is committed, making this more than just a cold case to be patiently unravelled...

As usual, a nicely constructed police procedural where the emphasis is on the characters and how they behave. Much of the appeal in this one is in initially knowing a little more information than Wycliffe does, and so being anticipating how the plot will develop -- the amount of extra information you get is nicely played to provide a good balance between the enjoyment of working it out and the enjoyment of being surprised by other developments. I enjoy that style of procedural, so I liked this one a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder by the sea 31 Jan 2012
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A body is discovered in a sand dune. It seems to have been there for several years and at first it is not clear whose it might be. A distinctive necklace is found with the corpse's belongings and a newspaper appeal for the owner to come forward produces an anonymous letter which includes part of a photograph which shows a young girl wearing the necklace.

Wycliffe is called in to investigate a fifteen year old death and feels he is on a hiding to nothing. Even when the body is found to be that of an MP's son who disappeared on a walking holiday Wycliffe is not much closer to finding out what happened.

Secrets have a corrosive effect on people and inevitably one of the small group of individuals potentially involved in the death cracks and starts acting strangely. Anonymous letters are flying in all directions and the people concerned think their secret is about to be exposed. Wycliffe puts himself in danger and his colleagues feel they are wading through paper and not getting very much further.

I enjoyed this mystery and it kept me guessing almost until the last chapter. I worked out what could have happened but not who did it. Of course the clues are there when you look back over the book. It is an interesting story which shows clearly how different people react to the stress of knowing something potentially discreditable to themselves and others. If you like your crime novels in the classic mould then you may enjoy this series which can be read in any order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wycliffe and the dunes mystery 12 Jun 2013
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w.j.burley;s books are compelling too finish you do not want to put the kindle down until you have finished reading the story I shall buy all of his books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 18 May 2013
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The more in read WJBurley the more I like his work. Very interesting plots and very well written, a five stars well deserved. Kindle readers try him out.
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