Wycliffe and the Three Toed Pussy Paperback
by W. J. Burley
A case involving a dead woman with a deformed foot and a mysterious past requires all Superintendent Wycliffe's investigative skills. The peace of the village of Kergwyns in Cornwall has been shattered by a bizarre murder.
A beautiful young woman has been shot. The only thing taken from the scene is the shoe and stocking from her left leg - exposing her deformed foot.
Detective Superintendent Wycliffe uncovers evidence of an unhappy woman who routinely manipulated the men in her life.
As half the men in the village have been known to visit her, and most have reason to lie about it, finding the murderer will not be easy.
Wycliffe's task is complicated by the discovery of some clues in the form of crossword puzzles left by the victim herself.
If Pussy knew she was going to die why did she make no effort to save herself?
When several men have been incriminated in the murder Wycliffe begins to wonder if someone very powerful is stage-managing events ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 09/11/2006
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780752880846
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Review by devenish
This is the first in a long series of Wycliffe crime stories. Most of these make for easy and fairly uncomplicated reads. This one is different in that beside offering us some insights into the early life of Wycliffe, he is also working without a regular team to back him up. More importantly,this story is a much darker one than usual.A woman (Pussy Welles) is found dead from a shotgun wound,her stocking and shoe have been removed and her foot is shown to be deformed.As the case proceeds the dead woman is found to have been a mass of contradictions in her life. She has been involved with many men of the district,whom she has manipulated shamefully.On the other hand she is a clever compiler of crossword puzzles and was in the middle of writing a novel.In the small village in which she had lived,there are many suspects and Wycliffe has to fight against the opinions of the local police in his running of the case.