Wycliffe And The Schoolgirls (Wycliffe #7)
by W.J. Burley
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
(first published 1976)
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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.
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.
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.
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,...moreMore about W.J. Burley...