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The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter
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The Dead of Jericho (1981)

by Colin Dexter

Series: Morse (5)

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Not bad for a spot of weekend reading. Dexter has definitely found the voice for his Inspector Morse, and for Lewis, and their conversations are great fun to read. Some detective book fans do not like Morse for his grumpiness, intellectual elitism, and seeming ingratitude. But we see and accept the human flaws that accompany an acclaimed genius mind, or at least a mind that works far differently than most. His love of beer, the female shape, and The Archers anchors him in a world where he would otherwise be adrift.
The mystery here is great with many trails and threads. The crux of it falls apart in the post-Internet world, but I love reading about Thatcher's England. The plot is not timeless, but Morse is. ( )
  Virginia-A | Dec 21, 2016 |
This was a good read! The mood of this is melancholy. Morse leads a life of missed opportunities, as does Ann Scott, the first to die in this novel. But Dexter doesn't wallow in pity. He writes about Scott with compassion, and about Morse in the tolerant way men talk about their lifelong friends. It's clever and rich with many strands of plot. ( )
  Hanneri | Oct 4, 2016 |
Non delude, Morse è sempre il solito, molto umano, con tanti difetti, ma un investigatore coi fiocchi. E' davvero bello leggere un poliziesco così lontano dal filone 'polizia scientifica' che impazza negli ultimi anni alla tv, un giallo tutto giocato sui vizi umani, debolezze, virtù, di vittime, colpevoli, ed investigatori. ( )
  LdiBi | Oct 24, 2015 |
Found the way that Morse became involved a bit contrived, doubt whether he'd really be allowed to investigate it if he'd known the woman and behaved as he did.

Remembered bits of it from the TV series but couldn't remember how it ended.

Kind of tricky to solve on your own, found it tricky to keep track of what was going on. Liked the map. ( )
  ClicksClan | Dec 9, 2014 |
Read during Winter 2003/2004

Yet another highly enjoyable Morse mystery. I think I enjoy that the solutions are not clever or highly logical but very real and Morse often gets on the wrong track as often as the reader. I didn't see this one coming but I did start it over when I misplaced the bookmark and I was glad to see I found some of the clues placed in the begining. Perhaps I'm slowly getting better at mystery solving.
  amyem58 | Jul 14, 2014 |
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Laconic, lonely Inspector Morse of Oxford meets attractive widow/teacher Anne Scott at a party and starts harboring romantic ideas. . . only to learn a few months later that she's hung herself. Or did she? Morse has his suspicions. Unfortunately, the chief suspect has an airtight alibi. Dexter winds up with a puzzle-plot that is too cleverly complicated for its own good. Yet, also once again, his stylish, dark-toned storytelling remains enough reason for Anglophile mystery-fans to want to keep following the existentially acerbic Inspector Morse.
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For Patricia and Joan, kindly denizens of Jericho
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Not remarkably beautiful, he thought.
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ISBN 0751525324 - Amazon has for BOTH The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter AND Doctor Death by Jonathan Kellerman. WorldCat has just for Jonathan Kellerman's novel.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0804114862, Mass Market Paperback)

"[MORSE IS] THE MOST PRICKLY, CONCEITED, AND GENUINELY BRILLIANT DETECTIVE SINCE HERCULE POIROT."

--The New York Times Book Review



He meets her at a suburban party. They share a flirtation over their red wine . . . and he doesn't see her again. It's the old familiar story for Morse. Then one day he just happens to be in Jericho, where Anne Scott lives. Nobody's home--and Morse should know since her door is unlocked and he takes a quick look inside. Only later does Morse learn that the lady was at home, just not alive. The jury's verdict at the inquest is death by suicide. But that doesn't sit right with Morse, and he embarks on his own investigation into the tangled private life of a lovely woman, all the while feeling his own remorse of what might have been. . . .



"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



"A masterful crime writer whom few others match."

--Publishers Weekly

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In this investigation Morse has a woman's address on a crumpled piece of paper in his pocket but he does not expect to return there the same day when a suicide is reported. Originally published: London: Macmillan, 1981.

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