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Wycliffe is called to investigate the murder of a woman whose body is found in a river. It soon becomes clear that both her husband and many members of her family have means motive and opportunity to commit the crime. Family arguments and secrets are gradually uncovered and the appearance of harmony presented to the world by Caroline Bryce's family is deceptive.

I enjoy reading this series because of the characters of the police involved. Wycliffe - pipe smoking maverick who keeps his thoughts to himself - and Chief Inspector Gill who is very much more of a traditional policeman and not always as sensitive as he could be. This is an interesting story with a many facetted plot. All the characters are well drawn - the Bryce brothers and their different business opinions and family circumstances; and their sister who stands back and sees more of the game than those involved.

If you haven't tried this series yet and you like your crime novels in the traditional mould then give Wycliffe a try. The books can be read in any order but you may prefer to start with this Wycliffe and the Three Toed Pussy (Wycliffe Mystery) which is the first book in the series and gives the reader an idea of Wycliffe's investigation methods.
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VINE VOICEon 11 April 2007
This is the most chilling Wycliffe novel I have read. Very interesting and complex family situation which has far-reaching effects despite the family living more or less under the same roof - albeit a large one. An ambitious foray into psychopathy - and EJB succeeds again. And again the reader learns more about Wycliffe himself and his frailties which always make these mysteries credible. He is a vulnerable family man caught up in the investigation of a family which to say the least is dysfunctional in the extreme. His sadness at the solution is obvious. Compelling.
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on 15 March 2015
As before, another wonderful novel by the magical w j burley. On to the next one! How have I never discovered this writer before?
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on 12 June 2013
I found the book interesting and you wanted too find out the conclusion so it was necessary to finish it very good reading matter
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on 4 October 2013
The Guild-Edged Alibi was a a really well-written novel. Will definitely be reading more of W J Burley's work in the future.
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on 19 August 2014
I think I've read them all. A pity the author is not here now to write more.
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on 19 October 2009
Wycliffe is a detective on the lines of Miss Marple, Inspector Barnaby and Inspector Jack Frost. The books are written a few years ago and are lacking modern scientific techniques. They are based in Cornwall and have a good view of Cornish life.
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on 11 January 2016
Keeps you guessing right to the end
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on 13 December 2016
Never fails to write a good read
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on 4 November 2014
Good price. Good delivery.
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