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Wycliffe and the Last Rites (Wycliffe #18)

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A bizarre murder in a quiet Cornish village - but Wycliffe's investigation throws up more questions than answers.

A bizarre murder shakes the Cornish village of Moresk. Arriving at church on Easter morning the vicar discovers the body of a woman sprawled across the chancel steps. Has the church been desecrated by a Satanist ritual? Chief Superintendent Wycliffe sees the cri
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 7th 2002 by Orion (first published January 1st 1992)
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Lee Broderick
W.J. Burley was a supremely gifted writer; one whose prose could appear simple but whose command and use of the English language was that of a precisionist. Every so often, that apparent simplicity is given the lie:

'There were only two other tables occupied, one by an elderly, studious-looking couple who were probably touring Cornish churches or looking for ley lines; the other, by two pin-striped salesmen types who must surely have strayed off the spine road and got pixilated.'

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I know of no other detective novelist who has such an apparent understanding of human motivations in his excellent detective and such an apparent lack of understanding of human beings in all of his civilian characters.
One also wonders if he did much re-drafting.
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I thoroughly enjoy the Wycliffe series of stories, I'm sure i read this years ago but enjoyed it again...
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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. After obtaining an honours degree he became a teacher. Appointed head of biology, first at Richmond & East Sheen County Grammar School in 1953, ...more
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