Published in the stunning series cover style alongside WYCLIFFE AND THE QUIET VIRGIN and WYCLIFFE IN PAUL'S COURT All three previous novels published in Orion paperback reprint regularly Wycliffe not only attracts a wide readership, the television series, starring Jack Shepherd, has also been extremely successful The critics on W J Burley's Wycliffe novels: 'Wycliffe teases out the truth with delicate skill that leaves the reader intrigued and convinced' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Another must for collectors' SUNDAY TIMES 'You can always count on Wycliffe...he inevitably guarantees a good story, convincing characters and appealing landscape' FINANCIAL TIMES
W.J. Burley lived near Newquay in Cornwall, and was a schoolmaster until he retired to concentrate on his writing. His many Wycliffe books include, most recently, Wycliffe and the Guild of Nine. He died in 2002.
Burley's 18th Inspector Wycliffe mystery (after Wycliffe and the Dead Flautist ) astutely examines the damaged psyches of the victim and the suspects, while fully detailing the comings and goings of a good copper in a quiet Cornish village. Dead is Jessica Dobbell, a woman who cleaned the church in the town of Moresk and led a life of well-documented promiscuity, including among her conquests her twin sister's husband. Jessica's body is found in the church on Easter morning, posed near the altar with her clothes pulled apart; five keys on the organ are forced down with wedges of paper in a pattern of notes that must be a clue. There is a teenaged boy whom everyone assumes to be gay, a pastor whose sexual orientation is less obvious, a couple who had lived with the dead woman and have clearly fallen from grace and various other dark souls, virtually all of whom bore a grudge against Jessica and possess a modicum of musical theory. Wycliffe insinuates himself into this small town, carefully probing at raw emotional nerves until he finds the killer. Burley is an unspectacular stylist, yet every piece of this unassuming work fits precisely. (Nov.)
Praise for the Wycliffe Cornish Detective Series:
Wycliffe teases out the truth with delicate skill that leaves the reader intrigued and convinced* MAIL ON SUNDAY *
First-class, old-time, hyper-ingenious whodunit * OBSERVER *
You can always count on Wycliffe...he inevitably guarantees a good story, convincing characters and appealing landsacape * FINANCIAL TIMES *
Gripping * THE TIMES *