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Wycliffe and the Quiet Virgin (Wycliffe Series) Paperback – November 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Wycliffe Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752849336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752849331
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On Christmas Eve, after appearing in the parish play as the Virgin Mary, Francine Lemarque disappears. Fortunately, Chief Supt. of Scotland Yard Charles Wycliffe is in the audience as a holiday guest of the Bishop family, local aristocrats. When he decides to help find the girl, he instead discovers her mother dead and her father (recently released from prison) missing. When Francine returns and her father turns up dead, suspicion is thrown on a wide range of characters. Is the murderer the neighborhood artist, who's been sleeping with half the women in town? Or the ambitious M.P. married into the aristocracy? Or perhaps Wycliffe's friend, a bachelor lawyer who collects flies as a hobby? Burley does a fine job of bringing Wycliffe to life, and flashes of beauty occasionally pierce his descriptions of the Cornish countryside and coast, the setting for this novel. But the plot is formulaic and has a tendency to plod, producing a mystery that the attentive reader will solve before Wycliffe catches on. This is the fourth Wycliffe novel Burley has written, and the second this year. One hopes that in the future, the author works out more interesting and difficult murder puzzles for his likable inspector. (November
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About the Author

W.J. Burley lived near Newquay in Cornwall, and was a schoolmaster until he retired to concentrate on his writing. His many Wycliffe books include, most recently, Wycliffe and the Guild of Nine. He died in 2002.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Smith on June 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Wycliffe is an old friend and the story is taut to the every end. Burley's books are like an old shoe and easily read on vacation, on a rainy evening or just because you want a good read. But I don't take them to the doctor's office. I'm much too absorbed in them to put them down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Galla on August 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just reread this novel after several years and realized once again why Burley's novels are so entertaining. There is the beautiful Cornish coastal setting (well described), a bookish, intelligent detective superintendent, a twisting plot with an unusual ending, and an assortment of strange but realistic characters, in addition to the team stalwarts of Kersey and others. All of these aspects resulted in a pleasurable experience.
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It is typical of a Wycliffe plot with it's twists and turns. It is set against the somewhat stark background of the Cornish countryside. The story keeps moving all the time, and the words vividly convey the images of both countryside and people. It is a "want to keep reading" story.
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