Published Good one,and quite complicated to solve.Another is the Inspector Morse series and equally as complex as others in the Another is the Inspector Morse series and equally as complex as others in the Having recently seen the tv adaptation of this story I was not as focused on the story as I could have been. My biggest complaint: the solution wasn't possible for the reader to figure out completely (although it was possible in broad outline).The ninth in the Inspector Morse Mysteries, where he has to solve the mystery of the theft of a historically-valued jewel, and two dead bodies. It was his wish that that the jewel be donated to a museum in Oxford and, in the company of her new husband, the woman has carried the jewel to Great Britain to deliver it herself.
And in his fashion he manages to not only pull the thread of the mystery free, but does so in his own elegant fashion.Another wonderful mystery by Colin Dexter involving Inspector Morse, Lewis, Oxford and a string of suspects. Naturally, if you are English and don't live on a council estate, you never drop or slur any letters - but watch out, as soon as you go on the dole, you will never again speak an "-ing" word properly.This entry in the Inspector Morse series was very good, with some misdirection but otherwise a fairly straightforward plot and solution (unlike some of the earlier books in the series!). As the coach drew into St. Giles’, the sky was an open blue, and the sunlight gleamed on the cinnamon-coloured stone along the broad tree-lined avenue. February 22nd 1993 While I read I could see and hear John Thaw and Kevin Whateley most clearly. Reliable Colin Dexter, always a good read and hard to put down, like the uncertainty whether the deaths were related or not (don't think that's a spoiler!
The woman was traveling with her husband as part of an American tour group. Although it looks as if the woman’s death was due to natural causes, the whereabouts of the jewel remains a mystery. A good read for a plane.Being a big fan of the BBC Masterpiece series, Endeavour and more recently, Inspector Lewis, IBeing a big fan of the BBC Masterpiece series, Endeavour and more recently, Inspector Lewis, IWe will be in Oxford a few weeks from now, and I find that Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series captures the spirit of Oxford better than many guide books do. However, the book is different from the TV adaptation and is far far better. Morse does find time to have a brief affair with the tour guide, Sheila Williams, who is also one of the suspects.
Well performed. The other driver, a young woman, Phillipa Janet Mayo, was killed in the same accident. Reading the letters Dexter puts into the book in handwriting, different styles of handwriting, too, was good.
A lot of literary references, which aren't exactly easy to grasp initially.A very different style from what I have been used to in this genre.
However, the book is different from the TV adaptation and is far far better. The structure is reminiscent of an Agatha Christie whodunit, but with infinitely more complications and of course the atmospheric tone of the historic university town of Oxford. “Here we are, in St. Giles.’ ” (Ashenden slipped into over-drive now.) Naturally, if you are English and don't live on a council estate, you never drop or slur any letters - but watch out, as soon as you go on the dole, you willOne annoying element of Dexter's writing is his tendency to render the speech of anyone he considers must "talk a bit funny" (basically, anyone working-class or foreign) in a needlessly-phonetic, mocking way. Dexter's detective is the curmudgeonly Inspector Morse whose pockets are somehow always empty when the bar tab comes around, to be paid by his long-suffering assistant, Sgt. Okay, "Arksford" is mildly entertaining, but do we need to be told that someone says "vay-cation" or pronounces Shirley as "Shurley"? [ only a couple of days later, a battered and naked corpse is dragged from the River Cherwell. )In a slight reversal of the customary sequence, this novel was actually an adaptation of a television screenplay. I can't remember a real one but an example of the type would be inspire, respire, and expire with a person inspiring another to respire but causing another to expire.In general I found this novel reasonably enjoyable, though reading it again after some years, I would probably give it about five out of ten.In general I found this novel reasonably enjoyable, though reading it again after some years, I would probably give it about five out of ten.This is my latest read from the library, book 9 in the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter. I don’t know if it’s the pacing or the writing style, but they seem to plod along. After watching Inspector Lewis and Endeavour, I wanted to go back to the source.