The Kemps were a Cornish Catholic family who had held on to Kellycoryk, their family home, for almost five hundred years. But it was beginning to look as though the present century would be their last. Roger, head of the shrinking clan, was desperate to save the house and land. His second marriage, to the shrewd and tough businesswoman, Bridget, offered a way out. Bridget, prosperous head of her own company, wanted to take Kellycoryk over for development and although Roger hated the idea Bridget refused to save the estate in any other way. Then - suddenly - Bridget disappeared and old memories began to be raked over. Hadn’t Julia, Roger's first wife (also a wealthy woman) disappeared mysteriously, presumably in a boating accident? Did Roger, his sister and his disturbed children know more about the past than had ever been revealed? Wycliffe, supposed to be recuperating from an illness in the neighbourhood, found there was too much that was intriguing about the Kemps for him to ignore.
©2007 W.J Burley (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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Having seen the tv series many years ago, I was looking forward to this book and was not disappointed. The characters of the principal family are well drawn and the mystery has the usual twists and turns.
Wycliffe himself, though, and Lane and Kersey are rather undeveloped. There is very little of the probing of the psychology of the detectives nor much mention of their private lives which most contemporary murder mysteries explore. Tale well told though.
The only other Wycliffe books in audible are abridged - which is a pity, though they are read by Jack Shepherd who played Wycliffe on the TV: but generally I find abridged books dissatisfying.
More Wycliffe please!
"A more subtle mystery"
Certainly as it evokes memories with its setting of many enjoyable holidays in the county
Scenes in the house which clearly showed all the family were burdened by an overwhelming recall of family history.
Probably the scene where the body of the second wife was discovered.
No. I like to savour the books rather than rush them
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