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‘Wycliffe And The Pea-Green Boat’
by W.J. Burley

Then Gill had brought his report which had filled in a mass of detail. So much detail that he had become confused. What had seemed, at first sight, a straightforward case had acquired ramifications. Now, at least, the people mentioned in Gill’s report were coming alive. Eunice and the girl in particular, but the dead man and Cedric were also emerging as people in their own right. Not merely as black-and-white characters in a drama of victim and suspect, but as people leading more or less normal lives with no sense of being predestined for notoriety.

And people kept telling him that Cedric could not have killed his father. His sister, Eunice, his daughter and, more significantly, the doctor. ‘… self-indulgent, quarrelsome, violent on occasion, but not the sort to bear a grudge.’ Even Gill had his doubts, otherwise he would not have come to Wycliffe.

Paperback Edition, page 130

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  • This sounds like an interesting and thoughtful police procedural. I believe you said earlier it had been a tv program as well as a long standing book series. Given how large my TBR pile is, that’s the last thing I need to take on!

    This is from page 479 of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand:
    “I often think that he’s the only one of us who’s achieved immortality. I don’t mean in the sense of fame and I don’t mean that he won’t die someday. But he’s living it. I think he is what the conception really means. You know how people long to be eternal. But they die with every day that passes.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      This is indeed a series of some proportions, as there are 22 Wycliffe investigations, with ‘The Pea-Green Boat’, being the 6th.

      It would be quite some undertaking for even a committed series reader like yourself to catch up, which is why I have only dipped in and out of the series over the years.

      It was much easier to keep track of the television series, as with all the programme repeats, I believe I managed to watch all the episodes over the years.

      When I noticed that your teaser lines came from page 479, I had to go back and check exactly how long ‘The Fountainhead’ actually was ….. 720 pages sounds like a lifetimes worth of reading to me (or at least 3 Wycliffe mysteries), so I hope that your review is going to be favourable when it comes.

      I really like the teaser lines you chose, as without knowing anything much about the storyline, the lines have perspective and meaning in their own right.

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I do enjoy an intriguing murder / mystery, combined with some good police procedural work.

      As this particular case was written so early on in the career of W.J. Burley, I shall have to take some time to adjust to the 1970s policing approach taken by Chief Superintendent Wycliffe, as he tracks down his murder suspect!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your visit 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      There are so many people willing to jump to Cedric’s defence, that it does make you wonder, doesn’t it?

      How many real-life cases do you hear of, where the murderer is actually a family member, or someone else who has a close relationship with the victim?

      The ‘Wycliffe’ series, showcases a solid police procedural storyline, with the main protagonist being passionate about and very committed to his career.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

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