WWW Wednesday: 26 August 2020

WWW Wednesday is run by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

 What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading Wycliffe and How To Kill a Cat by W J Burley, one of my TBRs. It’s the second in the Wycliffe series, set in Cornwall.

Superintendent Wycliffe is on holiday, but popping into the local police station to see an old friend he hears that a woman has been found dead, probably murdered and he can’t resist offering to help. It’s immensely readable. The title puzzles me – I suspect that it’s not really about how to kill a cat – I hope not!

The last book I read was Still Life by Val McDermid, her latest Karen Pirie mystery. I’ll be writing more about this book. It combines a cold case investigation into a skeleton found in a campervan and a current investigation into the discovery of a body in the Firth of Forth. I loved it.

I see that ITV are adapting the first Karen Pirie book, The Distant Echo. Filming began in February this year, but I couldn’t find any other details – one to look out for.

I’d like to read several books next

But at the moment I’m leaning towards reading the first book in the Inspector Lynley series, A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George. I’ve dipped into it and it looks good.


Fat, unlovely Roberta Teys is found beside her father’s headless corpse, wearing her best dress and with an axe in her lap. Her first words are: ‘I did it. And I am not sorry’ and she refuses to say more. Inspector Thomas Lynley and DS Barbara Havers are sent by Scotland Yard to solve this particularly gruesome murder. And as they navigate their way around a dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a series of shocking revelations that shatter the façade of the peaceful Yorkshire village.

15 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 26 August 2020

  1. Excellent selction of classic mysteries. Interested and glad to hear that ITV have done the first Karen Pirie book. They’re much better at that sort of thing than the BBC these days who just seem to be producing endless modern dramas I have no interest in watching. Turning into an Old Fogey.

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  2. I haven’t read any of the Wycliffe novels lately, Margaret, so I’m glad to be reminded of them. It’s a good series. And I like the idea of going back to the beginnint of the Inspector Lynley series. It may be just me, but I like the earlier ones better than the later ones.

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  3. Lynley – haven’t thought about that series for a while. I read all of them up to a point and then somehow lost track. I’ve done that with a bunch of series. I think you might like Lynley and Havers.

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  4. I read one of two of them years ago – but of course I can’t remember them now! I liked Lynley and Havers when I used to watch the TV series – and as I’ve been re-watching them recently it prompted me to read the books from the beginning of the series.


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