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Two violent deaths shatter a small community. And to solve the case, Wycliffe must untangle a complex network of secrecy within the quiet of Paul’s Court . . .

The Cornish Detective series

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

Paul’s Court is a quiet corner in the heart of the city: an oasis of peace and safety until the night when two of its inhabitants meet violent deaths. Old Willy Goppel, a German who specialised in making period doll’s houses, is found hanging from a beam in his home; and fifteen-year-old Yvette Cole, with a wild reputation, is strangled and thrown half-naked over the churchyard hedge.

Chief Superintendent Wycliffe has the aid of a local detective, Kersey, but even in co-operation they find this a difficult case to crack. Was Willy’s death really a suicide? Or could it be that the two deaths are unconnected? As the investigation continues, they uncover a complex network of antagonisms in quiet Paul’s Court.

Reviews

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