Top critical review
with an under-statedness bordering on boring, by Jack Shepherd
on 15 May 2015
I remember the Wycliffe ITV series from the 1990s, in which the eponymous detective was played, with an under-statedness bordering on boring, by Jack Shepherd. The Cornish scenery always seemed the most interesting part -- so I was curious to find out if the character would come live more on the page.
He does, a bit: tetchy and acerbic, but also a 'proper copper', unwilling to stay stuck behind a desk just because he's a chief superintendent. In this eighth instalment in the series, Wycliffe investigates the death of respected builder and undertaker Jonathan Riddle, who spends the first half of the book clocking up mortal enemies -- a sprinkling of inevitably colourful Cornish characters -- whose alibis can be tested in the second half of the book.
It's a light, enjoyable read which most of all will make you want to visit Cornwall (again).