Wycliffe and How to Kill A Cat. Wycliffe and the Dead Flautist. Wycliffe and Death in a Salubrious Place. Wycliffe and the Four Jacks. Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue. Wycliffe and the Scapegoat. Wycliffe And The Last Rites. Wycliffe and the Quiet Virgin. Wycliffe in Paul's Court. Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death.
Burley lived near Newquay in Cornwall, and was a schoolmaster until he retired to concentrate on his writing. His many Wycliffe novels were extremely popular and were adapted for a highly successful TV series starring Jack Shepherd. Burley died in The World According to Anna.
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I like British police mysteries, but I don't think I'd read more by this author, even if I could find one. Dec 26, Alison C rated it liked it.
A young woman has joined a crafts colony in the workings of a disused mine on the moors, and when she comes into money, she decides to invest in the colony - but only if she has more say in what happens there. This does not sit well with the founders, a man who based the whole concept on his astrological interpretations and his wife, a more practical Dutch woman who has a sideline in returning to Holland periodically and buying up modest artwork there, to sell it on in the UK at a modest profit. Burley apparently he began another one, but died before finishing it , and it is the only one in which characters from a previous book in the series, in this case the 13th book, "Wycliffe and the Quiet Virgin," make a return appearance.
I quite enjoyed this last one, in part because of meeting up with those old acquaintances once again and in part because Wycliffe, acknowledging the changing world around him at last, begins to contemplate the idea of retirement.
The way that the various deaths pile up here, though, I had the feeling that Burley had written himself into a corner; there simply was no other explanation in the end, rather than there being a specific reason for the events. Jun 10, Pauline Ross rated it liked it Shelves: It's always difficult deciding what to read next after a particularly absorbing book. I find it impossible to plunge straight into another book of the same genre, and if a book is particularly haunting or emotionally draining, it can be hard to read anything at all.
So I have a reserve of formulaic books that are gently easy to read - rather like the sorbet to clear the palette between courses, they are insubstantial and easy to digest. Wycliffe books fall into this category. Every one follows th It's always difficult deciding what to read next after a particularly absorbing book.
Every one follows the same pattern. There's a murder, and a group of eccentric suspects with mysterious and devious pasts to be uncovered, and a morose but persistent detective who gradually pieces it all together but not before the reader, hopefully. It's all rather charming and cosy. There are more than twenty Wycliffe stories, all set in Cornwall. This particular one is a follow-on to 'Wycliffe and the Quiet Virgin', in that some of the characters from that one reappear here, but it isn't at all necessary to have read the earlier book first although it would be odd to read it afterwards, since this book gives away key aspects of the plot.
This isn't a demanding read one of the big mysteries was, I thought, blindingly obvious and the big reveal of whodunnit is quite simplistic, but nevertheless it whiled away a few hours very pleasantly. Not great literature, but then it has no pretensions to be.
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If they were a little cheaper, I would probably buy the whole lot. Jun 01, Ally rated it it was ok Shelves: Not the most thrilling of books considering it was a crime novel, but there were a few twists in the plot that kept the momentum going. I wouldn't read any other Wycliffe novels based upon this though. Jun 04, Emily rated it it was ok.
I read over half of this book but gave up in the end because it was difficult, boring and boyish. May 26, Ruth rated it did not like it. Not liking this at the moment! Its a bit staid. Jul 01, Farfalle rated it liked it. A rather gentle mystery with a cast of idiosyncratic characters.
Not terribly gripping, but a good summer read.
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Burley was born in Falmouth, Cornwall. Before he began writing, he was employed in senior management with various gas companies, before giving it up after the Second World War when he obtained a scholarship to study zoology at Balliol College, Oxford.
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