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Colin Dexter
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7 Aug 1992 Inspector Morse
For Oxford, the arrival of twenty-seven American tourists is nothing out of the ordinary...until one of their number is found dead in Room 310 at the Randolph hotel. Then, two days later, a naked and battered corpse is dragged from the River Cherwell. A coincidence? Morse is determined to prove the link...

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (7 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330324195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330324199
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A rather difficult Inspector Morse mystery 28 Aug 2009
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For Oxford, the arrival of 27 American tourists is nothing out of the ordinary ... until one of their number is found dead in Room 310 of the Randolph Hotel. It looks like a sudden - and tragic - accident. Only Chief Inspector Morse appears not to overlook the simultaneous theft of a jewel-encrusted antique from the victim's handbag. Then, two days later, a naked and battered corpse is dragged from the River Cherwell. A coincidence? Maybe. But this time Morse is determined to prove the link ... .

That's the book in a nutshell and I am not giving anything away here because this is what it says on the back of the book. You can read it before you read the book.

Even though one can rather quickly establish an idea why the old lady is dead and who stole the antique and who might have done her in, all this does not seem to be important to Chief Inspector Morse. He completely ignores the old lady and her jewel and concentrates solely on the other corpse. In the end, he solves that murder and it does make sense in a way. He also solves the death of the old lady and the possible whereabouts of the antique, but these really do appear as an unimportant side-affair.

What I didn't particularly like about the book is that because of so many people involved - some of whom entertain rather interesting relationships amongst themselves - there are too many potential plots, which made it rather difficult for me to figure out what is happening. And because of that I found it almost impossible to follow Inspector Morse's train of thought. If it wasn't for his great reckoning at the end of the book, I would be left in the middle of nowhere.

On a positive note, the title of the book is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Inspector Morse 13 Feb 2010
By NikNik
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Brilliant story by Colin Dexter fantasically read by Kevin Whately. Loved it. Wish it was longer! :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 6 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an excellent book that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end.I would definitely recommend this book it is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What else to say. 16 Jun 2013
By Taffman
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Colin Dexter deserves all of the awards he received for his creation. Morse is such a complex character that it becomes fun to reread them an concentrate on his development.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but a bit on the Agatha Christie slyle 4 Jun 2013
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The usual morse books promise eat deduction and good thinking and some credible situations. This one however, was a bit Chrstie-esque, with a coach load of Americans and a gathering and show-style explanation at the end. Still a good read, but not up to the plots of others
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Colin Dexter 18 Oct 2012
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Always a treat to read Colin Dexter the antipathy of academic characters.
Excellent description of Oxford and the lives that inhabit his books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Morse in good form
well constructed, very readable, character driven and a generous pinch of dry humour, looking forward to another colin Dexter read soon.
Published 2 months ago by mary bibby
2.0 out of 5 stars This book contains several "handwritten" passages which my Kindle...
This book contains several "handwritten" passages which my Kindle cannot make larger. This is very frustrating in a detective novel.
Published 2 months ago by jrmptl
1.0 out of 5 stars The Jewel that was ours
This is a complicated murder mystery, which was far superior as a tlevision
programme. The story unfolds too late in the book, leaving a sense of dissatisfaction. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by Mrs. Barbara Seligman
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's this wretched love business."
Featuring a large assortment of characters, most of them Americans on a tour of England, the ninth Inspector Morse mystery is heavy on details and complications and more difficult... Read more
Published on 19 May 2006 by Mary Whipple
3.0 out of 5 stars above average Morse outing, Sunday afternoon reading
Having read the other review I don't agree that the plots confusing. The characters are well introduced, though he cheats a bit toward the end in dragging us toward the... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Morse solves a theft and two murders in customary style.
I enjoyed reading this book; a good mix of personalities with clues relevant and irrelevant, and good use of the Oxford setting. Read more
Published on 6 May 1999
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