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Wycliffe and the Guild of Nine (Wycliffe #22)

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A murder at an artists' colony - but not everyone wants Chief Superintendent Wycliffe to investigate . . .

The artists' colony is at the site of a disused mine working on the moor west of St Ives, and it's run by Archer and his wife Lina, according to astrological principles. The newest member of the colony is Francine, a beautiful if fey young woman with a legacy to invest
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 2nd 2001 by Orion (first published October 5th 2000)
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Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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I would really rate this 2.5 stars, but I rounded up.

I'm not sure about this one. The story is pretty solid - a woman who lives at an artist's colony in Cornwall is found murdered - but the whole thing is a little dated.

After Francine inherits a bunch of money, she is found dead in her cottage. Was it the money? Or was her murder related to her involvement in the murder of her father years ago? The characters are not very believable, but the whole thing was interesting, very unlike any other my
Alison C
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
A young woman has joined a crafts colony in the workings of a disused mine on the moors, and when she comes into money, she decides to invest in the colony - but only if she has more say in what happens there. This does not sit well with the founders, a man who based the whole concept on his astrological interpretations and his wife, a more practical Dutch woman who has a sideline in returning to Holland periodically and buying up modest artwork there, to sell it on in the UK at a modest profit. ...more
Pauline Ross
It's always difficult deciding what to read next after a particularly absorbing book. I find it impossible to plunge straight into another book of the same genre, and if a book is particularly haunting or emotionally draining, it can be hard to read anything at all. So I have a reserve of formulaic books that are gently easy to read - rather like the sorbet to clear the palette between courses, they are insubstantial and easy to digest.

Wycliffe books fall into this category. Every one follows th
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Not the most thrilling of books considering it was a crime novel, but there were a few twists in the plot that kept the momentum going. I wouldn't read any other Wycliffe novels based upon this though.
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I read over half of this book but gave up in the end because it was difficult, boring and boyish
May 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Not liking this at the moment! Its a bit staid.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
A rather gentle mystery with a cast of idiosyncratic characters. Not terribly gripping, but a good summer 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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