Caroline Bryce came from the top of the social register in the tranquil town of Treen. So it was quite a scandal when her body was dragged from the bottom of the river. As Superintendent Wycliffe investigates, he’s faced with a number of questions: Who would want to kill the beautiful Mrs. Bryce? Was it a lover’s quarrel? Or a long-held resentment that had suddenly explodeCaroline Bryce came from the top of the social register in the tranquil town of Treen. So it was quite a scandal when her body was dragged from the bottom of the river. As Superintendent Wycliffe investigates, he’s faced with a number of questions: Who would want to kill the beautiful Mrs. Bryce? Was it a lover’s quarrel? Or a long-held resentment that had suddenly exploded in a moment of madness? As Wycliffe begins to unravel an intricate tangle of love and hate, he finds himself on the trail of a psychotic killer who feels no remorse....
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Wycliffe and the Guilt Edged Alibi Reviews
You always know what you're going to get with a Wycliffe book. There's a murder, a cast of suspects with motives and various secrets to be uncovered, and a dogged detective painstakingly putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. It's not quite as cosy as an Agatha Christie, but it's nowhere near as blood-soaked or hard-edged as many police procedurals. There are no psychotic serial killers here, just a family with a complex history. So, not a challenging read, then, but nevertheless this is a good, solid story with believable characters and a plot that builds nicely and resolves itself without any jaw-dropping contrivances.
I can tell that I'm pushing to try and meet my Outdo Yourself/Goodreads Challenge and whizzing right through books....There's a big ol' clue right near the beginning of Wycliffe & the Guilt Edged Alibi by W. J. Burley that I managed to miss. And when we got to the reveal, I all "Oh, yeah. Well that was obvious, wasn't it Bev?" Wonder if anybody out there in follower-land would catch it? [Yes, you might call that a challenge. :-) ]So...Superintendent Wycliffe is called in to smooth an investigation that involves the wealthy Bryce family and, more importantly, his old schoolmate (and, more recently, former Minister of State) Clement Morley. Beautiful Caroline Bryce, wife of Matthew Bryce and half-sister to Morley, has been found dead in the river that divides the town of Treen into East and West. The Bryce family own half the town--from the timber yard to the canning factory to the coal yard and the harbor installations. It would never do to have a scandal. It is hoped that Wycliffe can quickly get to the bottom of the mystery. But a case that starts with rumors of suicide soon becomes tangled with motives--from jealousy between Caroline and her daughter Zel to a family feud over control of the family business interests to tensions between Caroline and her adulterous lover. Who struck Caroline over the head before she was dumped in the river? And why was she and her car stashed in her brother-in-law's garage for a day before her final dunking? Wycliffe will have to answer these questions and more before he can point the finger of guilt at the culprit.The Wycliffe books are pretty straight-forward police procedural fare--with just a bit of emphasis on the flair of our leading policeman. He doesn't exactly track down clues in the usual police detective manner--taking long walks to submerge himself in the atmosphere and asking what may seem to be irrelevant questions. But his methods work and the clues are definitely there if the reader is paying proper attention. A good solid British mystery at three stars.First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.
We've just had a holiday in Cornwall and I found three Wycliffe novels in charity shops. This was the last of the three I read, and again he captures the atmosphere of Cornwall perfectly, while Wycliffe winds his way towards a conclusion. Perfect holiday reading, not demanding in any way.
Wycliffe and the Guilt Edged Alibi, by W.J. Burley, opens with the discovery of the body of the much younger wife of a prominent Cornish man, son of a dynastic business empire. It takes no time at all to determine that she was murdered, and given the prominence of the family and the fact that she was also the half-sister of a nationally known politician, it is not surprising that Chief Superintendent Wycliffe is called upon to investigate. As he interviews witnesses and tracks down clues, Wycliffe soon finds that there are very few people who can be ruled out as a suspect, and he is running out of time to identify the culprit.... This is one of a series of British detective novels written in the 1960s and 1970s, some of which became the basis for a television series in that country. I like Wycliffe: he is a complex, self-doubting and sometimes brooding character; and I like the Cornish settings of the tales, along with the quite well-drawn characters of the various villagers and others in any given story. I don't much like the near-continuous, very casual sexism in these books (and I suspect they avoid racism only because they're primarily set in a time and place that was populated almost completely by Caucasians), but I am also aware that they are of their times, and in 1971, when this book was published, such attitudes toward and treatment of women in fiction mirrored that of life. I'm glad I live in more enlightened times, and that I am able to place these books in context, thus to at least reduce my indignation. Oh, and the characters all smoke, too. Constantly. If you can stand such things, however, these books are quite entertaining, and so deserve a mild recommendation from me.
This is the second Wycliffe mystery I've read in Oct/ Nov and once again I've enjoyed very much. I like Burley's writing style. Wycliffe is a diffident copper, one who isn't easy to really like or put a finger on. He has a lazyish style of investigating, preferring to wander about on his own and let the information he accumulates formulate a conclusion. He is distant from the people he works with, often sharp with them but at the same time his number two, Inspector Gill seems to like him and respect him. The story was very interesting, the people interesting as well and I was ultimately satisfied with the result. I'm looking forward to reading more of the Wycliffe mysteries.
An in-between Wycliffe. Some of them (mostly the more Gothic ones) I quite like, and some of them, I'd never read again. This I like enough to re-read occasionally (and it is somewhat Gothic, although not like Wycliffe and the House of Fear or Burley's non-Wycliffe's, most of which are very Gothic indeed), but I wouldn't miss it if it disappeared off the face of the planet.
I had lsited this on my paperbackswap trade list and there it had moldered-until yesterday. When i pulled it out to mail I realized I hadn't read it-so did so before posting it away. I like Wycliffe-I will search out more.
Even more morosely than ever Wycliffe walks the Cornish landscape this time in the estuary town of Treen solving the murder of a politicians sister