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Not up to Rankin's and Robinson's standard
on 11 March 2012
This is only the second Wycliffe book I've read, but it was enough to convince me that the Wycliffe series is not for me.
Set against Ian Rankin's and Peter Robinson's in depth portraits of Rebus and Banks respectively, and their multi layer story lines, Wycliffe comes a poor third. Rebus and Banks are complex characters with whom you can relate, Wycliffe is too shallow, a mere plodder compared with the other two. And I found the settings lacked any depth as well - Edinburgh and the Yorkshire Dales are beautifully evoked by Rankin and Robinson, and play a real part in their stories, whereas in the two Wycliffe books I've read, the setting could be almost any rural part of England. Wholly lacking in atmosphere I'm afraid.
Definitely not for me. And definitely not in the Rebus and Banks class.