A high-profile murder investigation for Wycliffe, in Cornwall's heartland.
Cochran Wilder disappeared fifteen years ago while on a walking holiday in Cornwall. Recently released from a psychiatric hospital after being convicted of indecent assault, he had been a serious embarrassment to his father, a prominent MP. Now his body has been found, buried in the dunes. It is clear that he was murdered.
Wycliffe suspects the involvement of six people, now well-established figures in the community, who at the time had been spending an illicit weekend at a chalet near where Wilder's body was found. All are disturbed by Wycliffe's interest and by a series of threatening anonymous communications. But then a second murder is committed and the investigation takes on a new urgency.
Why readers love W.J. Burley:
'First-class, old-time, hyper-ingenious whodunit.' Observer
'You can always count on Wycliffe ... he inevitably guarantees a good story, convincing characters and appealing landscape ' Financial Times
'Wycliffe teases out the truth with delicate skill that leaves the reader intrigued and convinced.' Mail on Sunday
'Gripping.' The Times
Fans of Ruth Rendell, Val McDermid and Peter Robinson will love W.J. Burley:
1. Wycliffe and the Three-Toed Pussy
2. Wycliffe and How to Kill a Cat
3. Wycliffe and the Guilt Edged Alibi
4. Wycliffe and Death in a Salubrious Place
5. Wycliffe and Death in Stanley Street
6. Wycliffe and the Pea-Green Boat
7. Wycliffe and the School Bullies
8. Wycliffe and the Scapegoat
9. Wycliffe in Paul's Court
10. Wycliffe's Wild Goose Chase
11. Wycliffe and the Beales
12. Wycliffe and the Four Jacks
13. Wycliffe and the Quiet Virgin
14. Wycliffe and the Winsor Blue
15. Wycliffe and the Tangled Web
16. Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death
17. Wycliffe and the Dead Flautist
18. Wycliffe and the Last Rites
19. Wycliffe and the Dunes Mystery
20. Wycliffe and the House of Fear
21. Wycliffe and the Redhead
22. Wycliffe and the Guild of Nine
* Each Inspector Wycliffe novel can be read as part of a series or as a standalone*
Fifteen years ago at an English seaside cottage, six teenagers relished a secret weekend lark until something terrible happened, something they've never revealed. Now a coastal storm has exhumed a long-dead body from the dunes, and Detective Chief Superintendent Charles Wycliffe, appearing in his 15th procedural (after Wycliffe and the Last Rites ), launches his savvy team in pursuit of answers. Still living in charming St. Ives are the original six. Two of the girls are housewives, the other owns a health shop; the boys are now a respected doctor, a gauche real estate agent and a randy artist. None seems to have fulfilled his or her early promise. In the mail Wycliffe receives a photo that may incriminate one of the six; a rich old eccentric, the uncle of another one of the group is murdered; then yet another of the group disappears. After a solid, if not terribly exciting outing, Wycliffe finally reconstructs events and brings charges against a modern-day murderer.