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Wycliffe and the Tangled Web (1988)

by W. J. Burley

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A young woman announces to her family and friends that she is pregnant; while her folks try to deal with the information, she has an argument with her boyfriend, leaves him at his boat and disappears. Her body is found a few days later, and Chief Superintendent Wycliffe and his team are called in to investigate; but what he finds is a mystery more to do with the woman’s character than the misdeeds of her people…. The 15th Wycliffe novel, "Wycliffe and the Tangled Web" spends more time exploring the strained psychological relationships between extended family members than describing police work activities needed to solve the actual crime, which is fine by me as I like psychological aspects in these novels, particularly of Wycliffe’s own personality but in this case also in terms of the interesting family members. I don’t think you need to have read the earlier books in this series, and this is one of the best of the lot; recommended. ( )
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A beautiful schoolgirl goes missing from a Cornish village on the day she tells her boyfriend and sister that she’s pregnant. The possibility that she’s been raped or murdered—or both—grows with every passing hour, and Wycliffe is brought in on the case. The investigation reveals a complex network of family intrigue centered on the girl; and then Wycliffe finds a body—but not the one he expects. Have there been two murders? As Wycliffe digs deeper, he soon realizes that just beneath the mundane surface of the community lies a web of hatred and resentment—a web he will have to untangle if he’s to find the key to the mystery.

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