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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio; 3 edition (8 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033390351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333903513
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.5 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin Dexter's brain-teasing whodunit unravels a complex web of deceit and betrayal in the upper echelons of Oxford academia. At the centre of this web is the murder of a young woman, Rachel James, shot from close range through her kitchen window. Chief Inspector E. Morse is called in to investigate, but the motive is frustratingly elusive and alibis are thick on the ground. But then, after a visit to his GP, Morse is face with a far more personal crisis.

About the Author

Colin Dexter has won many awards for his novels including the CWA Gold Dagger and Silver Dagger awards. In 1997 he was presented with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding services to crime literature. Colin's thirteenth and final Inspector Morse novel, The Remorseful Day, was published in 1999. He lives in Oxford.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
When Sir Clicksby Breen, at age 69, decides to retire as Master of Lonsdale College, Oxford, two in-house candidates become the frontrunners to succeed him. In both cases, their wives are at least as interested in acquiring the title of "Lady," which comes with the appointment, as their husbands are in becoming Master, and in both cases the wives have something in their backgrounds to hide.
In this somewhat fragmented mystery in which the action evolves on parallel tracks, Inspector Morse is called to investigate the murder of a young woman, Rachel James, in what appears to have been a case of mistaken identity. She is the next door neighbor of Geoffrey Owens, a reporter who dabbles in blackmail, and many people have reason to want him dead, including both of the Oxford dons and/or their wives.
Filled with red herrings and digressions, the mystery follows the life of the dons, the Master, their wives, reporter/blackmailer Geoffrey Owens, a neighbor who may be providing Owens with an alibi, and even the madam of a house of ill repute. The finicky and grammatically precise Inspector Morse, accompanied by his more relaxed and less educated assistant, Sgt. Lewis, play off each other to provide some moments of good humor, and the reader comes to know Morse in new ways--in his increasing fondness for drink and in his new diagnosis of diabetes. He also becomes attracted to a new woman.
Though the mystery is entertaining, it is less polished than some others in this series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
The latest novel in the series presents few surprises for the seasoned Morse fan. However, any newcomers to the genre should start elsewhere as this novel at times assumes too much knowledge, filled as it is with in-jokes and references to character traits that have been carefully developed over many years.
Again we find ourselves in the familiar surroundings of north Oxford where suburban death is interwoven with college life - Lonsdale College, where the election of a new master is to take place. The two leading candidates are swiftly smothered with motive and opportunity, as are their spouses and as one would expect.
Lewis plays his customary role as the straight man, Strange yearns for retirement and Morse seems to be going through the motions. In fact, as the story charts its usual elliptical course to the not altogether surprising conclusion, it increasingly appears that Colin Dexter is turning the handle in a rather too predictable manner. The sexual innuendo seems inappropriate and heavy-handed, the text appears more liberally littered with words more accustomed to the Observer crossword and the attention paid to brand names (often real ales) I see as a sign of laziness in an author. In addition, the not so secret twist in the tail and the demise of Morse's health in the story's progression hints that this series may be running its course.
Nonetheless, it still provides the loyal reader with an enjoyable few hours, re-visiting familiar Oxford sights and hostelries, while the characterisation is certainly more multi-textured than many best-selling novelists tend to produce.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By julia tamarind on 23 April 2009
Format: Audio Cassette
Another intriguing Morse story, full of the usual twists and turns and Morse getting it wrong more than once but, as ever, ending up at the right conclusion. Kevin Whateley is marvellous at reading these stories - we get the ever faithful Lewis, whose tones we are so familiar with and he really does convey Morse's grumpiness, his frustration and his delight when he finally figures it all out. It could almost be the much missed John Thaw.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Death is now my neighbour is a complicated detective story that will challenge its readers to their limits. The solution is glimpsed frequently before a new clue or piece of evidence shatters the puzzle again. I promise that you will love this book with its complicated detective plot mixed with brilliant characters and humour.
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By Nuggly on 14 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
Hi, I loved listening to the CD,

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