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A prostitute is found dead in a flat on Stanley Street and Wycliffe has to investigate. He soon finds layers upon layers of secrets and few people involved are what they seem to be. It is difficult to say very much more about the plot without giving half of it away. Suffice it to say that it is intricate enough to keep most readers guessing until close to the end.

I enjoy this author's writing style and I like Wycliffe as a character. He is happily married to Helen and has two nearly adult children. He has a reputation for eccentricity at work and for not wanting to discuss the case he's working on because it disrupts his thought processes. He likes to work on his own following up his own hunches but knows he has to work with other people as well.

The other characters in this story are well drawn though not always likeable - `Lily Painter' - the victim, Jarvis the antiquarian book seller and his unpleasant assistant and the architect Paul Morris. This is an interesting story about the seamier side of life which go on behind the facade of respectability.
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on 25 March 2015
Oh boy! Do I love these novels! Each one a perfect gem. Can recommend them to anyone who wants a really professional style of writing, superb story, feasible characters.
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on 22 April 2015
W J Burley is another favourite of mine. A very good writer and his plots are superb.Five star material and fully recommended to all Kindle readers.
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on 10 September 2013
it was another really good book from w.j.burley I have now read all of his wycliffe books they will grip you until the end
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on 19 August 2014
I like W J Burley's style. He brings the characters to life. The TV series has helped too.
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on 7 July 2015
Very good story up to the usual standard
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on 22 August 2016
My husband enjoyed reading the book.
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on 1 June 2016
Another good story.
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on 30 December 2015
Great thanks
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