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Wycliffe and the House of Fear [Mass Market Paperback]

W.J. Burley
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13 Jun 2007 Wycliffe

The Kemps were a Cornish Catholic family who had held on to Kellycoryk, their family home, for almost five hundred years. But it was beginning to look as though the present century would be their last. Roger, head of the shrinking clan, was desparate to save the house and land. His second marriage, to the shrewd and tough businesswoman, Bridget, offered a way out. Bridget, prosperous head of her own company, wanted to take Kellycoryk over for development and although Roger hated the idea Bridget refused to save the estate in any other way.

Then - suddenly - Bridget disappeared and old memories began to be raked over. hadn't Julia, Roger's first wife (also a wealthy woman) disappeared mysteriously, presumably in a boating accident? Did Roger, his sister and his disturbed children know more about the past than had ever been revealed? Wycliffe, supposed to be recuperating from an illness in the neighbourhood, found there was too much that was intriguing about the Kemps for him to ignore.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (13 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752881442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881447
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whenever a character comes back as many times a 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"

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Detective Superintendent Wycliffe gets drawn into the troubled world of an ancient Cornish family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Reads 19 Oct 2009
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As always with Amazon I'm very happy with the speed of delivery. The books are great fun. Wycliffe contains the element of history as it does not have the latest scientific influences. It also has a good geographic element as it is based in South West England. If you enjoy Inspectors Barnaby and Frost, Wycliffe has a similar approach to detecting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 29 April 2013
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I enjoyed this story immensely, the plot was very good and it led one to believe that anyone could have been the murderer, therefore I give it a well deserved five stars and recommend it to all kindle readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Busman's holiday for Wycliffe 4 Feb 2012
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Wycliffe and his wife, Helen, are staying in a seaside cottage to give him a chance to recover from an illness. He is intrigued by a run-down country house, Kellycoryk, close to where they are staying and encounters the owner, Roger Kemp, when he trespasses on his property.

When Roger's wife, Bridget, disappears in mysterious circumstances Wycliffe finds himself involved in the case. Inevitably when Bridget's abandoned car is found at the top of a cliff there are some awkward questions to be asked and the death in a boating accident of Roger's first wife, Julia, is brought to the fore again.

What follows is an interesting and complex story with many unpleasant undercurrents and a dysfunctional family. I thought it was well written and there are sufficient suspects to keep most readers guessing until close to the end. The book examines some interesting themes about the burdens inheritance places in families and how the past can prevent people living in the present.

If you enjoy your crime novels when they are written in the classic mould then give this series a try. It started with Wycliffe and the Three Toed Pussy (Wycliffe Mystery) but the books can be read in any order. I can remember watching the television series starring Jack Shepherd many years ago and enjoying it though I actually think the books are better than the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Holidays 13 Nov 2013
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I feel Wycliffe is too eager to get back to work and yet again leaves Helen to entertain herself. The history of the family could be developed further
5.0 out of 5 stars http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0752881442/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title 22 Nov 2012
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well written by an author who was an extremely able craftsman; all his books are an enjoyable read and hold one's interest. He has been sorely missed by his readers.
4.0 out of 5 stars Determining whether a character needs a lawyer, a doctor, a priest 17 Oct 2009
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Julia Kemp dies in a boating incident and Roger marries Bridget three years later. The two children of the earlier marriage are Crispin and Isobel. Another member of the household is Roger's sister, Agnes. A brother, Francis, lives on the property. It is an ancient estate. Isobel has taken to attending seances and seeking messages from her mother's spirit.

Charles Wycliffe is vacationing with his wife, Helen, to recover from a bout of influenza. Isobel believes the Kemp family is dragged down by the house, Kellycoryk. Roger Kemp is ready to sell the estate. Bridget's empty car is found at an unusual location. The problem with the theory of suicide is that it doesn't fit her observed mental state. Crispin claims he saw his father Roger driving Bridget's car, and friends tell Crispin to keep his observations to himself.

The fact that Bridget is missing causes the police to open a case and Wycliffe to terminate his vacation. A van is sent for Wycliffe's use until an incident room can be set up. In dealing with the solution to cases, Wycliffe tries to form patterns in his mind. He notes that the members of the family of Roger Kemp tend to live in mental isolation.

This work is sufficiently mysterious and atmospheric to enchant crime novel aficionados.
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