Book log: October 2009

Read in October:

WJ Burley — Wycliffe and the Dunes Mystery (reviewed 24/10/09)

Poul Anderson — The High Crusade (reviewed 31/10/09)

WJ Burley — Wycliffe and the School Bullies (reviewed 31/10/09)

Gregory Benford — Timescape (DNF, reviewed 11/10/09)

Wycliffe Omnibus, containing the following novels:

Wycliffe’s Wild Goose Chase
Wycliffe finds a gun discarded on the beach at the bottom of his garden. Soon afterwards, the body to go with it turns up in one of the village businesses. Some digging finds an obvious suspect for murder, but Wycliffe starts to suspect that all is not as it seems, and that he’s being sent on a wild goose chase.

Wycliffe and the Quiet Virgin
Wycliffe goes to stay with an acquaintance in a remote Cornish village for Christmas, and find himself mixed up in first a missing teenager case, and then the double murder of her parents. Digging into the past finds a lot of family secrets, some of which go back to a previous unsolved case.

Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death
When the current head of a family of booksellers is murdered, the family closes ranks. Then one death appears to lead to another, and Wycliffe is offered a nice convenient scapegoat. But he’s not convinced, even if the press are…

(Yes, I’ve been on a bit of a Wycliffe kick. This is because The Works, a specialist remainder bookshop chain, has been running the books in their 3 for 5 pounds section for the last couple of months, and every 2 or 3 weeks there’s a new pair of titles, plus something else I’m happy to try at that price.)

And I started on Galaxy Volume 1, the first part of a two volume anthology put together in 1980 to celebrate the 30th birthday of Galaxy magazine.

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