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The Cornish Detective series

The discovery of a body in a quarry creates a baffling case for Detective Superintendent Wycliffe

‘First-class, old-time, hyper-ingenious whodunit’ OBSERVER

Simon Meagor was a lonely middle-aged man. With a broken marriage behind him, his life was centred on his antiquarian bookshop. In his past was the memory of a murder trial where his evidence had resulted in the conviction of a man who had subsequently killed himself. Now, to his horror, the daughter of that man was applying for a job in his shop and, almost mesmerised by her, Simon found he was agreeing to her employment. Cleverly, over a period of time, Morwenna manipulated herself into his work, his life, and finally into his flat above the shop. And then she disappeared.

When her body was discovered in a flooded quarry, at first suicide was considered. Morwenna was suffering from a fatal disease. But everything pointed to murder and, inevitably, suspicion fell on Simon Meagor.
Wycliffe became increasingly disturbed by a case which grew more and more complicated as he explored many dark and murky secrets from the past.

Reviews

Wycliffe teases out the truth with delicate skill that leaves the reader intrigued and convinced
MAIL ON SUNDAY
You can always count on Wycliffe ... he inevitably guarantees a good story, convincing characters and appealing landscape
FINANCIAL TIMES
First-class, old-time, hyper-ingenious whodunit
OBSERVER
Mr Burley tops his form
GUARDIAN
Gripping
THE TIMES