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on 27 April 2017
All ok. Good read.
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on 27 April 2017
Every Wycliffe story is interesting, exciting and worth reading twice.
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VINE VOICEon 25 February 2007
I love W.J.Burley and Wycliffe and this surpassed others I've read. The setting should be idyllic but it's dark and brooding with the dysfunctional family at the big house who are set apart from the rest of the village yet are a prominent part of local folklore and mystery surrounds them. There's little meaningful communication between them even though it's customary for them to meet for dinner each evening - except Fridays when one of them is always missing. This is a tale of repression and non-communication and Wycliffe enters their world and before very long is enmeshed in an "upstairs/downstairs" mystique. It is a typical can of worms with the lid removed. I still was unable to guess the identity of the murderer. I read this in 2 short sittings - unable to put it down. Gripping. My next Wycliffe is waiting - the goose chase.
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Bunny Newcombe is found shot dead in his tumbledown cottage. While he was not popular because of his behaviour and his lack of personal hygiene there didn't seem to be anyone with a motive for wanting him out of the way permanently. As with any village the community is close knit and dominated by one family - the Beales.

People seem to know a lot more than they are telling Wycliffe and his colleagues but there does not seem to be any way of finding out what is being hidden until another murder takes place.

This is a fascinating portrait of a small community and a family with secrets which are poisoning the present. Wycliffe, it is clear, finds the Beales very difficult and somewhat less than honest. The book is well written with an interesting and likeable main character in Charles Wycliffe.

He immerses himself in his cases and feels as though he is living the suspects' lives at the same time as they are. Detective Inspector Kersey plays a part in this story and he first appeared in an earlier episode of the series as a Detective Sergeant. He is a likeable family man with an excellent grasp of human nature.

If you like the Gently series written by Alan Hunter then you will probably enjoy Wycliffe as well. The Wycliffe series, even though they contain very little violence or swearing, do have a psychological depth to them which is evident in the Gentle series as well. What are currently known as `cosy' mysteries do not need to be bland to be part of the genre as is evidences by this story and others in both series.
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on 11 March 2012
This is only the second Wycliffe book I've read, but it was enough to convince me that the Wycliffe series is not for me.

Set against Ian Rankin's and Peter Robinson's in depth portraits of Rebus and Banks respectively, and their multi layer story lines, Wycliffe comes a poor third. Rebus and Banks are complex characters with whom you can relate, Wycliffe is too shallow, a mere plodder compared with the other two. And I found the settings lacked any depth as well - Edinburgh and the Yorkshire Dales are beautifully evoked by Rankin and Robinson, and play a real part in their stories, whereas in the two Wycliffe books I've read, the setting could be almost any rural part of England. Wholly lacking in atmosphere I'm afraid.

Definitely not for me. And definitely not in the Rebus and Banks class.
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on 3 August 2013
I thoroughly enjoy WJBurley's Wycliffe mysteries and recommend them to all Kindle readers. A five stars fully deserved. Unlike so called top authors today W J doesn't need to use bad language which I really do appreciate, that is why Kindle readers should read decent books like Burley and Agatha Christie. Bad language shows a lack of a better word. Recommended gary c Atkins.
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on 21 December 2016
Another good read in the "Wycliffe" series. Not as good as Inspector Rebus and DCI Banks but still very well written and entertaining.
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