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A murder committed in the night of dead. It’s all a game for Detective Wycliffe to solve in a puzzling case.

Writer David Cleeve lived exactly the way a bestselling novelist should live – in an opulent house set in a beautiful corner of Cornwall. But beneath the successful façade was a private nightmare. For at regular intervals a sinister and mysterious warning was delivered to him: a single playing card, the Jack of Diamonds. Then, one day, the card arrived torn in half – and that night a murder was committed.

Chief Superintendent Wycliffe was on holiday in the area but, far from relaxing, he finds himself drawn into the investigation. Before long, there is more than just a single mystery to solve.

As Wycliffe investigates, he uncovers a double murder, arson, and a whole series of crimes stretching back over many years . . .

Reviews

Praise for the Wycliffe Cornish Detective Series: Wycliffe teases out the truth with delicate skill that leaves the reader intrigued and convinced
MAIL ON SUNDAY
First-class, old-time, hyper-ingenious whodunit
OBSERVER
You can always count on Wycliffe...he inevitably guarantees a good story, convincing characters and appealing landsacape
FINANCIAL TIMES
Gripping
THE TIMES