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Wycliffe and the Dunes Mystery by [Burley, W.J.]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 19 of 22 in Wycliffe (22 Book Series)
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"Mr. Burley tops his form." --"Guardian"

"Gripping." --"The Times"

"Wycliffe teases out the truth with delicate skill that leaves the reader intrigued and convinced." "Mail on Sunday""

"You can always count on Wycliffe . . . he inevitably guarantees a good story, convincing characters, and appealing landscape." "Financial Times""

"First-class, old-time, hyper-ingenious whodunit." "Observer""

"Mr. Burley tops his form." "Guardian""

"Gripping." "The Times""

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A high-profile murder investigation for Wycliffe

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (16 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XAY8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2012
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A body is discovered in a sand dune. It seems to have been there for several years and at first it is not clear whose it might be. A distinctive necklace is found with the corpse's belongings and a newspaper appeal for the owner to come forward produces an anonymous letter which includes part of a photograph which shows a young girl wearing the necklace.

Wycliffe is called in to investigate a fifteen year old death and feels he is on a hiding to nothing. Even when the body is found to be that of an MP's son who disappeared on a walking holiday Wycliffe is not much closer to finding out what happened.

Secrets have a corrosive effect on people and inevitably one of the small group of individuals potentially involved in the death cracks and starts acting strangely. Anonymous letters are flying in all directions and the people concerned think their secret is about to be exposed. Wycliffe puts himself in danger and his colleagues feel they are wading through paper and not getting very much further.

I enjoyed this mystery and it kept me guessing almost until the last chapter. I worked out what could have happened but not who did it. Of course the clues are there when you look back over the book. It is an interesting story which shows clearly how different people react to the stress of knowing something potentially discreditable to themselves and others. If you like your crime novels in the classic mould then you may enjoy this series which can be read in any order.
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Wycliffe indulges in a little introspection of the "Who am I?" type before settling into the 15 year old unsolved case of the missing,now dead,Cochran Wilder. He's still very concerned with food and finding a decent place for lunch - and always succeeds; Helen's still in the kitchen producing the delicious comfort food he craves. Does this detective think with his stomach? Wycliffe needs a woman - Helen at home and Lucy at work. He's a regular guy and my favourite detective - his sensitive nature and sometimes less than confident disposition makes him so appealing. He does a splendid job but sometimes I feel he would be happier in the quiet life of university or a "good" school - like his creator. The 6 central characters are introduced as typical students and end as disparate, untrusting and unhappy 30 somethings bonded forever by an illicit week-end. Then there's the eccentric Badger. Where does he fit in? Strange that he's related to 2 of the characters. It all gels to form a compelling read. Give me more.
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Fifteen years ago, the son of a prominent MP disappeared whilst on a coastal walking holiday after his release from a psychiatric hospital. The police had assumed suicide. Now his body has been found buried in the sand dunes, and it's clear his father was right all along -- the young man had been murdered.

A flashback prologue makes it clear to the reader from the start that a group of six teenagers having an illicit weekend were the last people to see Cochrane Wilder alive. The fun in the first half of the book is watching Wycliffe's team slowly piece together the clues that lead them to first one member, then the whole group. But knowing that one or more of the group was almost certainly responsible for Cochran Wilder's death and burial isn't the same thing as being able to prove who did it and why -- not when all six also have relatively innocent reasons for hiding their involvement in that weekend. And then a second murder is committed, making this more than just a cold case to be patiently unravelled...

As usual, a nicely constructed police procedural where the emphasis is on the characters and how they behave. Much of the appeal in this one is in initially knowing a little more information than Wycliffe does, and so being anticipating how the plot will develop -- the amount of extra information you get is nicely played to provide a good balance between the enjoyment of working it out and the enjoyment of being surprised by other developments. I enjoy that style of procedural, so I liked this one a lot.
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I cannot get enough of the Wycliffe series. I have read all of them bar three which I am intending to purchase over the next six months. I love the television series and the novels are just as good. One really can get immersed in them. A cracking good yarn!
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Having seen a couple of the TV programmes, I was interested to see read one of the books they are based on. This is a police procedure drama and the police depicted are all sensible and pretty competent professionals, without the eccentricities beloved of most crime writers. Wycliffe seems to be happily married with two children and is a diligent officer. The only concession to the crime fiction whodunnit style of book is that all the suspects are gathered together at the end; not something which happens in real life! Another concession to the standard genre is having a character who says he is likely to be killed, no one takes any notice and he ends up dead.

However, I couldn't feel much sense of tension, drama or excitement. It is a competently written book, but feels pretty ordinary. Rather like the TV versions, but without the bonuses of the music or scenery.
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