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Last Bus to Woodstock (original 1975; edition 1996)

by Colin Dexter

Series: Morse (1)

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Title:Last Bus to Woodstock
Authors:Colin Dexter
Info:Ivy Books (1996), Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
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This is the first in the Inspector Morse series. I enjoyed these books for not only the mystery, but for Morse himself and his relationship with his colleague, Lewis. Morse is a snob who drinks too much, loves opera, and is very protective of his Jaguar. Poor Lewis, his long-suffering sergeant, admires Morse's talents for solving the cases, but recognizes that Morse has serious flaws. There's often an undertone of classism as suspects stereotype Morse as working class and Morse returns their disdain. Meanwhile Lewis is a reminder that "regular folk" are more than regular. ( )
  Hanneri | Feb 17, 2014 |
It's very much of his time - there are some appalling views on rape expressed throughout the book, including three solid pages at the end of Part One that almost made me stop reading - but I've been bitten by the Inspector Morse bug and laughing at Morse is more than enough of a pleasure to keep me reading. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Feb 8, 2014 |
Last Bus To Woodstock is the first novel in the Inspector Morse series of novels by Colin Dexter. After hitching a lift while waiting for a bus, Sylvia Kaye is founded murdered and raped in the car park of the Black Prince pub in Woodstock. A number of suspects come to Morse's attention but the investigation will lead to him high powered people within the University at Oxford.

The plot is well developed there are many twists and turns along the way.Read the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | Aug 9, 2013 |
Chief Inspector Morse was to Sargent Lewis as Chief Inspector Lewis is to Sargent Hathaway.

But this was a pretty boring book. Really, a grown man, a chief inspector, falls in love at first sight with a pretty face? The actual mystery plot was convoluted, and like many Agatha Christie's, only reveals the murder through clues never introduced in real time. Any way, I will read two more in the series...this was the first one. Perhaps they will improve! ( )
  kaulsu | Jul 3, 2013 |
Decided I'd try this, since it's Inspector Morse and I used to catch some of that on TV when my grandad was watching it. But it seems almost incoherently written. I know I've defended Jeffery Deaver's attention to detail, but that's when he's writing about the forensics department. I don't think Lewis and Morse care much at all about the girl's dark-blue trousers and light summer coat.

And the attitudes to women -- gah. Not even hateful, most of the time, just casually dismissive. Morse as a character isn't at all attractive, and Lewis is pretty bland.

One to return to the library and not bother with the series any further, I think. ( )
  shanaqui | Jun 27, 2013 |
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"[Morse is] the most prickly, conceited, and genuinely brilliant detective since Hercule Poirot."
--The New York Times Book Review
"YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW MORSE UNTIL YOU'VE READ
HIM. . . . Viewers who have enjoyed British actor John Thaw as Morse in the PBS Mystery! anthology series should welcome the deeper character development in Dexter's novels."
--Chicago Sun-Times

Beautiful Sylvia Kaye and another young woman had been seen hitching a ride not long before Sylvia's bludgeoned body is found outside a pub in Woodstock, near Oxford. Morse is sure the other hitchhiker can tell him much of what he needs to know. But his confidence is shaken by the cool inscrutability of the girl he's certain was Sylvia's companion on that ill-fated September evening. Shrewd as Morse is, he's also distracted by the complex scenarios that the murder set in motion among Sylvia's girlfriends and their Oxford playmates. To grasp the painful truth, and act upon it, requires from Morse the last atom of his professional discipline.
"Few novelists write books as intelligent and deliciously frightening as those by Colin Dexter. . . . What Mr. Dexter does so well, so brilliantly, is weave a thick, cerebral story chock-full of literary references and clever red herrings."
--The Washington Times
"A MASTERFUL CRIME WRITER WHOM FEW OTHERS MATCH."
--Publishers Weekly

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Beautiful Sylvia Kaye and another young woman had been seen hitching a ride not long before Sylvia's bludgeoned body is found outside a pub in Woodstock near Oxford. Morse is sure the other hitchhiker can tell him much of what he needs to know. But his confidence is shaken by the cool inscrutability of the girl he's certain was Sylvia's companion on that ill-fated September evening. Shrewd as Morse is he's also distracted by the complex scenarios that the murder set in motion among Sylvia's girlfriends and their Oxford playmates.… (more)

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