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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; Unabridged edition (1 Dec. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854962930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854962935
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,463,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An ancient legend, an all-too modern murder, and Chief Superintendent Wycliffe must find the link between them ... --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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Baker VINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
This was not the usual rivetting Burley for me. I was not deeply engrossed though never tempted to give up on it. As usual his depiction of Cornwall and the surrounding coast was as entrancing as ever but the story was rather "thin" and more about local animosities and inter family grudges than murder. Even Wycliffe didn't seem transfixed by the brooding solitary figures he came into contact with. Characters were more weird than complex and they never came alive. Lots of motives but not really plausible enough or deep-rooted to warrant murder. Just a bit too shallow, both in plot and background. I'll carry on reading his works though so , whilst disappointing, not bad enough to call it a day on him. I've already got "The quiet Virgin" lined up to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2012
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Jonathan Riddle - local undertaker and builder - is far from being the most popular person in the town. When he disappears the day before the `scapegoat' is sent into fiery oblivion in the annual local ritual rumour has it that this was no dummy but the dead Riddle's body.

Wycliffe - having watched the burning wheel with its dummy attached disappearing into the sea - does not believe the rumour. In his usual fashion he seeks to understand the life of the victim in order to work out how, why and by whom he has been killed.

There is some doubt as to whether Riddle is dead but some of his clothes have been found and he has not been in contact with his family which is out of character. Wycliffe has to assume he is dead. As he digs deeper he discovers plenty of people who could have had motive for doing away with the victim - not least his own family.

This is a fascinating story showing how family life is rarely what it seems like to outsiders. I am enjoying reading this interesting series with its West Country settings and its believable characters and plots and I would recommend it to anyone who likes conventional crime novels without too much violence or bad language.
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By gary c atkins on 13 Aug. 2013
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I always enjoy WJBurley and his Wycliffe stories. Anyone who enjoys crime thrillers must give them a try.A well deserved five stars and recommend to all Kindle readers.
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By Tracy on 26 Jan. 2014
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This book was chosen by my book club to read. Had never read any of the other Wycliffe books, but now am a fan
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