Review: Wycliffe and the Scapegoat by W.J. Burley

by Stephen Tall on May 17, 2015

wycliffe scapegoatWycliffe and the Scapegoat, W.J. Burley

I remember the Wycliffe ITV series from the 1990s, in which the eponymous detective was played, with an under-statedness bordering on boring, by Jack Shepherd. The Cornish scenery always seemed the most interesting part — so I was curious to find out if the character would come alive more on the page.

He does, a bit: tetchy and acerbic, but also a ‘proper copper’, unwilling to stay stuck behind a desk just because he’s a chief superintendent. In this eighth instalment in the series, Wycliffe investigates the death of respected builder and undertaker Jonathan Riddle, who spends the first half of the book clocking up mortal enemies — a sprinkling of inevitably colourful Cornish characters — whose alibis can be tested in the second half of the book.

It’s a light, enjoyable read which most of all will make you want to visit Cornwall (again).

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The TV series would have continued if it had not been for poor personnel management by the production company.

by Frank Little on May 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm. Reply #

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