Then an antique dealer is found shot to death in his home and his brother is missing, and it is up to Wycliffe to figure out how each of these things are connected, or not…. Mildly chipped dust jacket has a few creases, scuffs and small tears. While taking a morning walk along the shore, he comes upon a service revolver with one recently-fired chamber. The only one with any drive or ambition is Gertrude's husband Frank Vicary, and all of his time is absorbed by the task of running the family business. Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue 15. In recent years Wycliffe has often regretted the fact that his rank cuts him off from the early stages of an investigation, but here he is, in at the very start.
While the local police pass it off as just another , Wycliffe isn't so sure, partly because the victim, Lily Painter, isn't a typical lady of the night; she enjoys and has a variety of degrees to her name. Or perhaps even the explosion of a long-held resentment for the woman? Reading through John Burley's books in publication sequence, one notices how the author's voice gets stronger and his views more certain. Although the media and police are unanimous in the belief that these murders are the work of a , Wycliffe believes the solution may be a bit more complex. After obtaining an honours degree he became a teacher. Front endpaper is missing, with a scuffed hinge.
There is a feeling that we are neglecting a writer of quality, one who deserves to stand beside Simenon, the creator of Inspector Maigret. Furthermore, Joseph's shady brother David, a recent partner in the business, seems to have disappeared, along with his boat--the Manna. When Wycliffe arrives on the scene of the crime, he too finds himself believing Cedric's protestations of innocence, and soon establishes a link between the current murder and that of a young woman twenty years ago, supposedly by a cousin of Cedric's, who served fourteen years of a commuted. These are the signs of a writer confident in his craft. But when Wycliffe's detection leads to the recovery of the sunken Manna, with David's body on board, focus shifts to Joseph's two chums--retired Major Gavin Parkyn original owner of the murder weapon and local woodworker Bunny Lane. Not a lot really happens when you look hard, but the plot carries you along easily enough, and there are some nicely drawn characters.
Burley, is the 10th in this long series, written in 1982, but it feels like a completely different era. Burley seems to be better at books based on the English coast, perhaps because he is more familiar with it. When another attack is suddenly aborted for no earthly reason, the detective feels his theory has been proved; this is no ordinary killing spree. Archived from on 24 July 2008. Archived from on 27 February 2005. In recent years Wycliffe has often regretted the fact that his rank cuts him off from the early stages of an investigation, but here he is, in at the very start.
Baffled as to a possible motive for killing Ms. Burley Dictionary of Literary Biography V. John Burley had his first novel published when he was in his early fifties. 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. Wycliffe and the School Bullies 8.
John Burley, however, continued to write and produced a further four Wycliffe titles. As the investigation escalates, Wycliffe begins to wonder exactly where the clues are leading. About this Item: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Wycliffe and Death in a Salubrious Place 5. Archived from on 29 April 2005. The case takes Wycliffe into the world of art robberies and crooked dealers, to a suicide which may be a murder, and a hunt for a missing yacht.
It will take arson another murder before he can wrap up this case. Even in the bookshops it was Shepherd's face that dominated the covers of Burley's paperbacks. Wycliffe and the House of Fear 21. His second published novel, two years later, saw the appearance of Superintendent Charles Wycliffe. Wycliffe and the Scapegoat 9.
About this Item: Doubleday, 1982. Burley was born in , Cornwall. Plastic cover stuck to jacket and paste-down. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. The discovery of a thousand pounds stashed underneath some clothing, along with the observance of expensive luggage indicating more class than her present surroundings, exacerbate the mystery of her murder, and Superintendent Wycliffe finds himself drawn towards the investigation, interrupting his holiday so he can make inquiries of his own. Comments Like to comment on this feature? Recently a wish to restore the balance has emerged from amongst his readers. Coventry Evening Telegraph Nuneaton Edition.
Wycliffe and the Guilt Edged Alibi 4. Following this discovery he discovers that the gun is a part of a burglary which took place earlier, the loot consisting mostly of antiques. He died at his home in , on 15 November 2002. Mild rub wear to edges with crushing to spine ends and minor bumps to corners. Then an antique dealer is found shot to death in his home and his brother is missing, and it is up to Wycliffe to figure out how each of these things are connected, or not…. Archived from on 29 April 2005. Chief Superintendent Wycliffe comes across a gun on the beach near his home one day--and it turns out to be the long-ago-stolen gun that was used to kill Joseph Clement, a gentle antiques dealer in the nearby town of St.