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Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue

(Wycliffe #14)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  103 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A mysterious death in the Cornish art world - and a murder investigation for Chief Superintendent Wycliffe...

When Edwin Garland dies of a heart attack, no one outside the expectant circle of his relatives is concerned, but the situation changes dramatically when, on the evening of the funeral, his son is shot dead. Chief Superintendent Wycliffe is faced with a seemingly mo
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 4th 2004 by Orion (first published May 1st 1987)
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Myshelle
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are many books in W J Burley's Wycliffe series and I enjoy each one. This is a very old series that was made into a TV series. They are also a quick read.
Rupert Matthews
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
An entertaining whodunnit. Nothing special but certainly worth reading on holiday or on the train. Just for once, a couple of the twists really caught me by surprise.
Simon
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Take a full star off for the prose and the way the author's prejudices and quaint (reactionary) observations on modern life find their way into various characters' thoughts. Some of the writing fails even a basic test of syntax and grammar. I know he intentionally breaks rules but I'm thinking of sentences of a clumsiness that cannot have been intended. Burley was a schoolteacher. I hope his subject wasn't English. If this was a GCSE class there would be a lot of corrections on the copy book. Ev ...more
Jules Jones
Aug 31, 2009 rated it liked it
When local businessman Edwin Garland dies of a heart attack, there's not much surprise in it. But when his son is shot dead on the evening of his funeral, both deaths become the focus of a murder investigation. Was Garland murdered as well? And even if he wasn't, are the deaths connected? [return][return]Garland's will hints at some enormous joke perpetrated by Garland and his friend, artist Gifford Tate; a joke that has not yet finished playing out. Tate died some years ago, and the last remain ...more
Lee Broderick
A picture might be better than a thousand words, but W.J. Burley can paint a picture with a very few of them.

Although the Wycliffe books are set in Modern Britain (the first in the series was published in the late 1960's and the last in the early 2000's, each being set squarely in the publication year with Wycliffe and his family ageing not one jot even as, bizarrely, his junior officers age, get promoted, and retire around him) the tone of them belongs to a different era. Forensics are called i
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Alison C
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When artist Edwin Garland dies of a heart attack, nothing seems out of the ordinary, but when his son is murdered only four days later, suspicions are aroused and Detective Superintendent Wycliffe is brought in to oversee the case. He soon discovers that family relationships are only the beginning of this complicated situation, and that more deaths might be on the way….The 14th in the long-running Wycliffe series, "Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue" spends quite a bit of time discussing landscape art ...more
Lynda
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cornwall, crime, fiction
A slight little read, though located in the charming town of Falmouth in West Cornwall. A tale of three artistic friends and the consequences of their alliances. Once again the rather colourless Wycliffe quietly comes to a conclusion creeping cat like through the evidence.
Pat
May 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of the better Wycliffe mysteries.
Katharine Ott
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
"Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue" - written by W J Burley and published in 1987 by Victor Gollancz. An enjoyable British police mystery.
Ceri
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Don't think I've read any Wycliffe before. Seems a bit dated now, but it was a perfectly good murder/detective novel.
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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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