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Way Through the Woods (Inspector Morse) (original 1992; edition 2007)

by Colin Dexter

Series: Morse (10)

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Member:JDEllevsen
Title:Way Through the Woods (Inspector Morse)
Authors:Colin Dexter
Info:Pan Macmillan (2007), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library, Lost, Oxford
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Tags:crime, fiction set in Oxford, fiction set in Lyme Regis

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Enjoyable, but the main mystery is a bit repetitive of the earlier book, "Last Seen Wearing". ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 29, 2014 |
Inspector Morse character and Oxford, England, location are fascinating; but Dexter's narrative style of shifting points of view and intentional hiding of information is extremely annoying. Not for me!
  CBReeve | Feb 19, 2013 |
On a beaucoup salué les demoiselles anglaises, reines du crime feutré, toutes trop bien élevées pour être honnêtes, si merveilleusement troublantes avec leur air de n'y pas toucher ; aujourd'hui, c'est un Anglais qui vient nous séduire. Il ne raffole pas du thé, mais préfère la bière et le whisky. Il fait des mots croisés, lit Thomas Hardy, ne bouge pas d'Oxford et manque de candeur. Entre donc en scène l'inspecteur Morse. Colin Dexter nous offre là un personnage charmeur comme un héros victorien qui aurait oublié ses inhibitions. L'inspecteur Morse débrouille péniblement ses enquêtes et croise des dames parfois dangereuses, souvent meurtries, toujours déjantées et gracieuses. On est très bien avec l'inspecteur Morse. Un doigt - non cinq - d'alcool, des pensées un tantinet lubriques, des souvenirs de livres et l'étrangeté de la vie. Bienvenue au club des ' Grands détectives '.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
I enjoyed this book and especially its surprise ending. But to get through the book, I found it very frustrating to have extracts from other writers at the beginning of each chapter. I'm not sure why this was necessary for the author to include these additions to his own writings. The plot is exciting if one likes to take many clues and sift them until a decision is made as to whom is the culprit. This is an Inspector Morse Mystery; Morse is a drinking detective, enjoying his music and bachelorhood, and able to solve crimes in a methodical way.
A young woman disappears, and 12 months later, the case remains unsolved. Enter Inspector Morse, and thus begins the plot. Enjoy, for it is truly enjoyable. Just a bit frustrating, as I mentioned, with all of the additions to the story that I felt unnecessary. ( )
  bakersfieldbarbara | Feb 2, 2011 |
The Way Through the Woods is the tenth book in Colin Dexter's Chief Inspector Morse mystery series. As always, the book centers around the cranky but brilliant Chief Inspector and his long-suffering (but adoring) partner Sergeant Lewis. With settings in Oxfordshire and Dorset, and of course many pubs and taverns in both areas, this one has the oddly-matched duo investigating a "cold case" that had been abandoned by the detectives originally on the job - a case involving the disappearance of a young Swedish woman on holiday in England.

When lovely tourist Karin Eriksson disappeared after visiting Oxford on a summer day just one year ago, Morse insisted that the girl had been murdered. But with no body found, and very little evidence to prove his theory, the case was ultimately recorded as a missing persons incident and allowed to fade away, unsolved. Now twelve months later, while Morse is on a rare holiday trip to Lyme Regis, a cryptic anonymous letter appears in the London Times, containing a strange poem that may or may not be a key to what actually happened to the missing girl. Of course, being a consummate puzzle solver, Morse is able to decode the poem and use it to have the case reopened. He and Lewis revisit all the witnesses and go over all the old territory. And in a very unusual turn of events, they're aided in their investigations by letters sent to the newspaper by private citizens with their own ideas about what clues the poem might contain. But with all the twists and turns along the way, can we even depend on those letters and letter-writers to be what they claim?

As usual, there's quite a lot of humor on display here, although much of it very dark humor. And Dexter includes plenty of interesting characters and an abundance of suspects for Morse to wade through. Also as usual, Morse manages to "solve" the case several times before the final conclusion is reached. All in all, a very satisfying outing for Morse and Lewis, and one of my favorites in the series.

A slightly expanded version of this review appears on my blog:
http://jlshall.blogspot.com/2009/04/review-way-through-woods.html ( )
  jlshall | Jul 10, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0804111421, Mass Market Paperback)

"Cunning...Your imagination will be frenetically flapping its wings until the very last chapter."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Morse is enjoying a rare if unsatisfying holiday in Dorset when the first letter appears in THE TIMES. A year before, a stunning Swedish student disappeared from Oxfordshire, leaving behind a rucksack with her identification. As the lady was dishy, young, and traveling alone, the Thames Valley Police suspected foul play. But without a body, and with precious few clues, the investigation ground to a halt. Now it seems that someone who can hold back no longer is composing clue-laden poetry that begins an enthusiastic correspondence among England's news-reading public. Not one to be left behind, Morse writes a letter of his own--and follows a twisting path through the Wytham Woods that leads to a most shocking murder.

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Quietly, rather movingly, Strange was making his plea: ?Christ knows why, Lewis, but Morse will always put himself out for you.? As he put the phone down, Lewis knew that Strange had been right . . . in the case of the Swedish Maiden, the pair of them were in business again . . . They called her the Swedish Maiden - the beautiful young tourist who disappeared on a hot summer?s day somewhere in North Oxford. Twelve months later the case remained unsolved - pending further developments. On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse is startled to read a tantalizing article in The Times about the missing woman. An article which lures him back to Wytham Woods near Oxford . . . and straight into the most extraordinary murder investigation of his career.… (more)

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