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The Secret of Annexe 3 (1986)

by Colin Dexter

Series: Morse (7)

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This is not an easy book to rate. On the one hand, Dexter is very good at describing details, and his humor is evident from the start. On the other hand, he gets too arrogant for his britches. I got the impression there isn't a huge amount of difference between Dexter, the author, and Morse, his sometimes insufferable detective. In any event, this is not a straightforward mystery. There's lots of deviations from the plot that don't come off as red herrings so much as devices merely to confuse the reader. I did enjoy the quotes or observations that began each chapter. In fact, at times I thought those small details were more entertaining than the story being told. This is the kind of mystery I find enjoyable now and then, but I wouldn't pay attention to any notices about when Dexter's next book is coming out. I got the impression that Dexter writes more for his own amusement than he does to entertain a reader. ( )
  GabbyHayze | Apr 1, 2013 |
This is the first Inspector Morse book I have read and found it enjoyable for the most part. At no juncture did the story lag. Too many mystery books have too much useless filler, but not this one. ( )
  rsummer | Dec 15, 2012 |
Il arrive à l'inspecteur Morse de se faire gronder par son supérieur hiérarchique : ' Au fond, pour un grand détective, vous êtes plutôt farfelu. ' Il est vrai que Morse aime autant jeter un coup d'oeil sur les derniers numéros de Playboy ou Penthouse que s'absorber dans Swinburne, Thomas Hardy ou Le Déclin de l'Empire romain. Et que si Richard Strauss et Wagner sont ses musiciens favoris, Morse ne dédaigne pas pour autant les grands orchestres de Duke Ellington et de Count Basie. Enfin, si notre héros a ses habitudes dans des pubs comme le White Horse, l'Eagle ou le Child, il lui arrive aussi de fréquenter le bar du classieux Randolphe Hotel. Farfelu, les lecteurs en jugeront. Excentrique, c'est à voir. Mais que Morse soit vraiment un grand détective, voilà qui ne fait pas l'ombre d'un doute.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
Good enough crossword puzzle style mystery, not badly written though
dexter is certainly no great stylist. Couple of improbabilities about the solution.
  GeorgeBowling | Oct 10, 2009 |
#7 Inspector Morse mystery. Morse and Lewis must figure out first, who the dead man in Annexe 3 at the Haworth Hotel is, and then why he was killed and of course by whom. Registered as Mr. & Mrs. Ballard at the hotel for their New Year’s bash, the dead man is dressed up as a Rastafarian, complete with dreadlocks and black stage paint, and his wife who has now disappeared, was dressed in a yashmak so no one got a look at her face. As the clues begin to pile up and bits of the mystery begin to unravel, Morse and Lewis take several detours until they head down the right path to solving the crime. Enjoyable as always! ( )
  Spuddie | Sep 26, 2008 |
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Inspector Morse seldom allowed himself to be caught up in New Year celebrations. So the murder enquiry in the festive hotel had a certain appeal. The corpse was still in fancy dress and hardly a single guest had registered under their genuine name. Other Morse books include "Last Seen Wearing".

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Chief Inspector Morse seldom allowed himself to be caught up in New Year celebrations. So the murder inquiry in the festive hotel had a certain appeal. It was a crime worthy of the season. The corpse was still in fancy dress. But who was the victim? Originally published: London: Macmillan, 1986.… (more)

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