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Wycliffe and the Redhead (Wycliffe #21)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A man is imprisoned on manslaughter charges after a barroom brawl, and upon his release he kills himself. Six years later, Wycliffe must investigate the death of the man's redheaded daughter and unlock mysteries linking their deaths.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Minotaur Books (first published November 20th 1997)
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Marilyn
I really like these little mysteries that are well written, tightly woven, and move along at a pace. This is my second in as many months, and I've enjoyed both. Burley does a fine job with his main character without spending a great deal of time with the supporting cast except as they are seen through Wycliffe's eyes. So accustomed to the modern, psychological, tales, It probably makes these more aging tales a bit less colorful. You get all these hints about the cast without them being fully fle ...more
Lee Broderick
Re-read 1/3/15: This book came as an exercise for me in the subtle power of W.J. Burley's prose. This was one of the first of his novels that I read and the first that I have re-read. I was more than a little surprised by how much of it I remembered - not dialogue, or even story per se, but scenes. The early scenes introducing each of the main characters and the climax scene have both lived on in my imagination; snapshots into the lives of (fictional) others. I've commented in my reviews of othe ...more
Pat
Last of this series I think - at least the last one of Burley's that my library has. It's a bit of a mess. The psychology is just not clear. It almost seemed as if there were two books here that got hopelessly jumbled together.
Lee Broderick
Re-read 1/3/15: This book was an object lesson for me in the subtle power of W.J. Burley's prose. This was one of the first of his novels that I read and the first that I have re-read. I was more than a little surprised by how much of it I remembered - not dialogue, or even story per se, but scenes. The early scenes introducing each of the main characters and the climax scene have both lived on in my imagination; snapshots into the lives of (fictional) others. I've commented in my reviews of oth ...more
Jules Jones
[2010-05-08] I'd started this in March while I was away from home, but only got a chapter or two into it before failing to take it out of my suitcase when I got home. Finished it at off at the end of April. I made some brief comments after reading it four years ago, and find that my view of it has changed this time round. The coincidence I complained about works for me this time[return][return][2006-05-18] Another Wycliffe book. Not my favourite, as the resolution of one of the plot strands invo ...more
Louise
Enjoy these. Set in a part of England I don't know well.
Janet
I haven’t read a Wycliffe novel for years. In the early 90s, before it was adapted for TV, I became a fan of them. They’re quite a light read and fairly formulaic. I’m not really sure how to write a review for this except to say that I enjoyed this one but if you like suspense and complication then this probably isn’t the book for you!
Polly
Well, I'm happy to say that I tracked down a bit of story that I remembered randomly that has been driving me insane (because I couldn't remember where it was from) in this book!
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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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