Saturday, 18 July 2009

Review - W. J. BURLEY - "Wycliffe and the Dunes Mystery"

Publ: 1993
Stornoway Library
ISBN: 0 552 14221 2
Genre: Crime fiction
Pages: 220p
Continuing the series
Rating: ***** **

What led you to pick up this book?
Continuing the series.

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
The body of a young man missing for fifteen years turns up in the dunes after a storm. He appears to have been murdered and Wycliffe and his team hunt down the suspects who include some respectable citizens who partied in a nearby chalet all those years ago. A second death creates further havoc with the investigation.

What did you think of the characters?
I find the characters quite well set out but note that a commenter on a previous Burley entry would dispute that. The anonymous commenter obviouskly hadn't read this one because some of his or her points are answered in this book. I believe the complexities of Wycliffe's character are in no way inconsistent and the 'saintly' Mrs Wycliffe is a bit more visible and forceful in this book! I guess a writer cannot please all of the people all of the time.

What did you think about the style?
A fair cosy crime novel from the early 1990s but in the style of ten or twenty years earlier.

Would I recommend it?
Yes. But not quite as good as some of the Wycliffe novels - mainly because the outcome was rather predictable.

W J BURLEY see Wycliffe and Death in Stanley Street

1 comment:

  1. I have the tv show in my netflix queue, though it is on a 'very long wait.'


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