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The Dead of Jericho (Oxford Bookworms) [Paperback]

Colin Dexter
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19 Sep 1991 0194216586 978-0194216586
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  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (19 Sep 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0194216586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0194216586
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,531,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The writing is highly intelligent, the atomosphere metancholy, the effect haunting' DAILY TELEGRAPH --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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‘Morse switched on the gramophone to “play” and sort to switch his mind away from all the terrestrial troubles. Sometimes, this way, he almost managed to forget. But not tonight…’ Anne Scott’s address was scribbled on a crumpled note in the pocket of Morse’s smartest suit. Her turned the corner of Canal Street, Jericho, on the afternoon of Wednesday 3rd October. He hadn’t planned a second visit. But he was back later the same day – as the officer in charge of a suicide investigation… ‘The writing is highly intelligent, the atomosphere melancholy, the effect haunting’ Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Morse showing promise! 31 Jan 2002
By A Customer
This is one of Dexter's first Morse novels and the characters are as strong as you would expect, but as yet the characters were very much his and hadn't, morphed into the characters we know from the television adaptations. Lewis was the older of the two, a granddad at this point! Though his character is otherwise much the same, an egg and chip loving Geordie with an innocent honesty. Morse actually drove a Ford Lancia, not having graduated to the Jaguar. Morse was still surly and generally unpleasant but the relationship between the two is quite different to the one that you are used to seeing on television. They are closer in private for example, as Morse can be found asleep on Lewis's sofa after Mrs. Lewis's egg and chips. But they are more distant in the working life with Lewis playing very much the straight an ill informed and ill imagined Dr. Watson. Though it is a simple who dunnit where you don't actually care by the end of it who actually did do it, it is still well crafted and presented. These books can sometimes jar with what you know as Morse and Lewis so it isn't always easy to see them as stand alone works of fiction, but Morse always worth a visit in its original form, especially in one of these earlier versions, even if it is only to sit back and list all the ways its different to the version you know!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for fans and the Morse-averse 15 Feb 2012
The Dead of Jericho is the first Morse novel I have read, and here's why: Unlike seemingly everyone else, I hated the TV series. Could not stand it. Same with Lewis. I can't abide with all that touristy, Oxfordy, Latin-tagged, academics-killing-visiting-violinists-in-St-Gervase's-under-cloisters stuff. Give me the gritty realism of Midsomer Murders any day.

I've avoided the Colin Dexter books as a result, despite their reputation. So I was surprised to find myself enjoying The Dead of Jericho. It does get off to a tweedy start with a line of Latin in the opening paragraph, but I kept my nerve and ploughed on.

Morse, drunk at a party, flirts with Anne Scott, an attractive younger woman who takes a liking to him and gives him her address. He doesn't follow her up on her offer at the time, but six months later he changes his mind and pops round to her house in the Jericho area of Oxford. The house is quiet but the door is open and he goes in to call out for her. Still no answer, but Morse's instincts tell him that somebody is hiding from him upstairs and he beats a diffident retreat. Later that day, Anne is reported dead. What at first seems like a straightforward suicide soon proves to be the first knot in the very tangled web which Morse has to unpick. He works unofficially at first, not wishing to reveal that he had visited Anne on the same day, but soon comes clean and is handed the case.

Morse is an interesting protagonist. Perhaps I never watched the TV version enough to gauge his character, but I would have summed him up as: crosswords, real ale, opera, grumpy. All of which is true, as his colleague Bell summarises:

`Cleverest bugger I've ever met... he usually seems to be able to see things, I don't know, half a dozen moves ahead of the rest of us...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morse is the greatest detective 20 Nov 2010
This is a fine crime novel from Colin Dexter. A woman romantically involved with Morse is found hanged in her home in Jericho, Oxford. Morse is determined to crack the case and Dexter weaves a typically convoluted plot. This novel is early Morse, but is still worth reading. The relationship between Morse and Lewis is getting there but is not as well established as in the later novels. None the less this is a very good novel with plenty of twists and turns. DCI Morse is a great character and Lewis, as ever, his dependable Watson. I enjoyed this book and I have re-read it recently. Dexter is able to give the reader enough clues about the killer's identity without giving too much of the game away. This novel was also brilliantly dramatized as the first ever Inspector Morse episode on television in 1987.
Very enjoyable whodunit.
5 stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars pretty darn good 10 Oct 1999
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This intriguing mystery is another great page turner from Colin Dexter. Set in the Oxford suburb of Jericho, Morse arrives to find an old flame, Anne, dead, apparently from suicide. Yet all is not as it seems, and soon Morse is cutting through the seedy underbelly of the Oxford bridge society and the publishing world to discover the truth behind this personal tragedy. Erudite as always, Morse is assisted by Wagner, copious pints of bitter, the classics, and the faithful Sargeant Lewis. A great way to avoid commuter hell, or post lecture burnout. Like a Christie, but contemporary, and set among real, relateable prople.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Morse at his best. 21 May 2014
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Great story from cover to cover..Morse at his best. Twists and turns on every puzzling page...Could read over and over.
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