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Wycliffe And The Schoolgirls (Wycliffe #7)

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Two very different young women have been murdered within the same week. One was a nightclub singer, the other a nurse, but both were strangled in their own homes in strangely efficient, remarkably similar attacks. The press is quick to assume there's a psychopath on the loose, but Detective Chief Superintendent Wycliffe suspects the truth may be somewhat more complex. When ...more
191 pages
Published (first published 1976)
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Continuing the mysteries of W. J. Burley...this one is quite a bit different since we know pretty early who the killer is and we are meant to. We can guess the motive, but the details are still fuzzy. We have to follow Wycliffe as he sorts out the problems and slowly comes round to the solution. One of the better ones so far.
This is a really nice book in the Wycliffe series – one of the best that I’ve read so far. Even though the killer is known early on, the reader actually sympathises with him and feels that the killings are justified. I was actually disappointed that he couldn’t finish off the last one.
Wonder if the book would have been more interesting if Burley had disclosed the background incident towards the end, rather than beginning with it.
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Another of those British mystery novels without a lot of mystery in them: we knew who the killer was pretty much right from the get-go. That said, however, it was still an excellent read; I enjoyed following the two tracks, of killer and of cops, as they slowly converged.
An almost perfect holiday read. So much development of character and storytelling since the previous ones I read. Seems to me that Colin Dexter and Susan Hill (to name two) have quite a debt to pay. Things they did later - and got credit for - are worked in beautifully here.
Enjoyable but fairly light mystery thriller. A teenage girl school trip turns into a bullying incident with repercussions years later. Simple for mr wycliffe to solve and no real tension in the tale but good none the less.
Not one of my favorite Wycliffe novels (and I'm usually a fan). Nasty little story. I feel for the murderer...but a sordid business all the way round.
Not one of Burley's best. No mystery, really. This one was pure police procedural.
This was a bit dated & bit obvious ..... but perfectly good 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. 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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