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Wycliffe and the Four Jacks

Wycliffe and the Four Jacks [Kindle Edition]

W.J. Burley
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Wycliffe might be on holiday, but he still finds himself landed with a murder to solve...

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Writer David Cleeve lived exactly the way a bestselling novelist should live - in an opulent house set in a beautiful corner of Cornwall. But beneath the successful facade was a private nightmare. For at regular intervals a sinister and mysterious warning was delivered to him: a single playing card, the Jack of Diamonds. Then, one day, the card arrived torn in half - and that night a murder was committed.

Chief Superintendent Wycliffe was on holiday in the area but, far from relaxing, he finds himself drawn into the investigation. Before long there is more than just a single mystery to solve. As Wycliffe investigates, he uncovers a double murder, arson, and a whole series of crimes stretching back over many years...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (9 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752849700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752849706
  • ASIN: B004JHY7U4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wycliffe and the famous author 14 Jan 2012
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Charles Wycliffe and his wife Helen are on holiday when they are introduced to David Cleeve who writes as Peter Stride. He has made himself a fortune and Helen is a fan. But the author steers clear of all publicity and is a very private person. He consults Wycliffe on a professional basis once her realises he is a detective because he feels his life is in danger.

Unfortunately Cleeve won't give Wycliffe enough information to follow it up and see if the threats are genuine. Then a young girl is found dead - poisoned by means of a dart spiked with nicotine. Naturally Wycliffe is asked to take over the case.

At first it seems an almost motiveless crime but gradually Wycliffe and his colleagues uncover layers of deceit and secrets long hidden. No one is exactly as they seem and many leads trace back to an archaeological dig which Cleeve has funded on his own land. I enjoyed this well written and complex story and the clues are well placed - including plenty of red herrings. Cleeve is a memorable character - larger than life but never tipping over into excess.

I recommend this series to anyone who likes their crime novels in the classic mould but with plenty of psychological depth. These books are far more than bland police procedurals and Wycliffe himself makes a change from the usual hard bitten detective with the drink problem and the impossible personal relationships. He has his moments of irritability and he prefers to mull over his theories by himself but overall he is a likeable character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative To Jane Baker 8 Sep 2007
I enjoyed 'Wycliffe And The Four Jacks.' As with the others, it is a good topographical insight into Cornwall, as well as a well written thriller. However, the constant crude use of the term for sex,by the main character, was uncalled for. He was an unlikeable, selfish, sex mad, womanizer. I do not see, why women stay with such men. They could earn a living. I assume, that the reviewer loves hischaracter, as portrayed, on paper. Helen came over, as humorous, and adaptable, although the veal part grated with me. The obtaining of it is cruel. I did not see the need to bring in his supposed sexuality. He comes over as a man who is sensitive, and feels deeply, and questions his work constantly. and I can sympathize, with his opinion, on Cleeve's murder.

The standard of printing was below normal. On Page 53 'Condemned,' was spelled as 'Contemned.' there was also, constant misuse of the phrases 'Each Other,' and 'One Another.' the former is used for two people, and the latter, for more than two. these should have been corrected, prior to publication.

The story differed a lot, on TV, particularly the ending, as a lot of them do.this is possibly, because they have to be condensed into about 50 minutes, and the different tastes of that audience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book set in a lovely part of Cornwall 5 Jan 2014
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I really enjoyed this Wycliffe murder story, and although I guessed correctly about the change of identity of one of the main charactersI had no idea who did the murders, how or why until the end. Just what I like.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair 15 July 2013
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I have enjoyed reading WJBurley but I'm afraid to say this title didn't come up to scratch therefore three stars. Maybe other readers may find it interesting
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