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on 26 December 2016
In this short novel, a few inhabitants in the Cornish village of Kergwyn comes to life during the police investigation of a young woman's death. And in his first novel, with many more to follow, William J Burley introduce the reader to the world of superintendent Wycliffe. The lasting impression from this case will not be who did what, or why, instead you'll remember the subtle and elusive English countryside, delicate characterized from the view of the superintendent. Published in 1968 we are far away from technical gadgets, mobile phones or computers. This is police work back to basic which in today's blazing world for some of us might be perceived as obsolete and slow, but for others, nonetheless charmingly effective.
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on 22 June 2015
Nowhere in the Kindle edition does it mention that this book was written in 1968 , i was at school in Cornwall at the time, and it is interesting to contrast this novel with , say, a Booth (cooper & Fry) novel. The scant 'police procedural' aspect, no DNA, ridiculous SOCO work and an apparent lack of radios make it seem very quaint.
There are also so many signs of how 'political correctness' has changed Britain , the drinking, smoking a pipe ( when did i last see a man with a pipe?) and of course the attitudes to morals., i can't imagine Sgt. Fry using the word 'queer'.
A bit of a historical novel then.
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on 22 September 2017
You don't know who's done it till the end. Very good story. I do not remember this one being televised.
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on 1 April 2018
As usual, I enjoyed reading this book, but I can't say that it is one of my favourites - it seemed to get a little tedious at times
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on 26 March 2013
Like to load my Kindle when going away and the Wycliffe stories are easy to read and provide a good way to spend a few hours whilst sitting by the pool! The background detail is always worth a second read and Mr Burley certainly knew his Cornish countryside and made tremendous use of it in his stories.
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on 6 February 2018
excellent product, very good story well done
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on 28 September 2017
Book as advertised an excellent service
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on 28 February 2015
I now realise why the TVs series was made. Superb writing. Literally could not put the book down. Will continue with the next novel .
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on 17 November 2015
among the best detective stories i have read, easy to read and follow
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on 2 February 2016
classic
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