Wycliffe and the Beales Paperback
by W. J. Burley
A mysterious death ...an eccentric family living on the edge of Dartmoor ...And Chief Superintendent Wycliffe has one of his most complex cases to date. The Beales are an odd, reclusive family living in Ashill House, on the edge of Dartmoor: old Simon has withdrawn from active life; Nicholas and Gertrude confine themselves respectively to war games and the bottle; young Edward takes long painting expeditions on the moor.
Only Frank Vicary, Gertrude's husband, is able to run the family business with enough drive to compensate for the failings of the others. When there is a murder in the village, there seems no reason to connect it with the Beales.
But once Chief Superintendent Wycliffe is on the case, his investigation uncovers far more than he - or the Beales - anticipated ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 04/11/2004
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780752858722
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Review by devenish
'Wycliffe and the Beales' is set in Dartmoor and begins with the murder of a village eccentric,who has lived alone and in virtual squalor for years. Wycliffe and his crime team arrive to investigate,but before long another body is found. Both victims have been shot in the head by a bullet from a Beretta. All the threads of the case seem to lead back to the affluent family who dominate the lives of those who live in the area. But are these leads merely 'red herrings'.Burley seems to be under-regarded these days,partly I think because of the television series starring jack Shepherd. For me Shepherd was wrong for the part,and certainly several people have told me that his portrayal has put them off the books.I actual fact,the books,although not of the first order,are quite good reads and the scene setting is particularly good.