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This review is from: Wycliffe And The Redhead (Kindle Edition)
Wycliffe is called in to investigate the case of a missing young woman, Morwenna Barker, the redhead of the title. She has been working for antiquarian bookseller, Simon Meagor, and sharing the flat over the shop with him. Simon is almost too honest and open for his own good which resulted in him giving evidence in a manslaughter trial some years ago.
The man convicted at that trial was Morwenna's father and he committed suicide shortly after he was released from prison. Morwenna, who has her own problems and agenda, asked Simon to give her a job in the bookshop but Simon starts to mistrust her motives. When she fails to return from a short break he reluctantly decides to report her missing.
There are many dark undercurrents in this story with some nasty rumours being circulated about Simon and his possible involvement in Morwenna's disappearance. Wycliffe finds himself with conflicting loyalties as he has bought books from Simon over the years and feels it is unlikely that Simon is in any way involved in spite of some damning evidence. But it is evidence and not feelings which make a case and Wycliffe resolves to find out what has happened.
I enjoyed this story and in my opinion it is probably one of the best in this excellent series. There is some interesting psychology involved and some fascinating characters which are well drawn and believable.