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The Fourth Inspector Morse Omnibus: "Way Through the Woods", "Daughters of Cain", "Death is Now My Neighbour" [Hardcover]

Colin Dexter
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4 Sep 1998
This anthology features three Inspector Morse novels. In "The Way Through the Woods", a young tourist disappears in North Oxford. In "The Daughters of Cain", Morse takes over an unsolved murder. "Death Is Now My Neighbour" sees Morse on the trail of a killer.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (4 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333737806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333737804
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.6 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,243,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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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This is a rare Inspector Morse. Not only is the great man at his fallible best, but paradoxically, you can also see signs that age is catching up with him. The cases themselves have all the intricate complexities and red herrings that you expect in any Morse story but somehow their exquisite detailing is more cogent than ever before.
And Love raises its unexpected head, wafting through the pages, even while Morse's adscititious mannerisms provide the most gelid setting for it to flourish.
More than once does Morse's atrabilious approach call for the greatest equanimity from the long-suffering Lewis; and yet I daresay that this compendium has the most encomiums that Morse has ever bestowed on Lewis.
The first story has more than one mystery to it; including, not least of all, the mysterious letter writer who succeeds in resurrecting a forgotten disappearance. The mystery deepens and poses unexpected questions when all seems to have been explained.
The second is Morse in love but is it ephemeral? And how much is the great man diverted by this demirep. Or is there more than one feminine lure to render Morse effete ?
And the third shows Morse resorting almost to chicanery, thus exhibiting his well-known intransigence towards procedures and processes. But as always, Morse is able to restore in you the faith in his own peculiar sense of ethics.
Through it all, the bibulous, captious Morse, manages to retain our affections and even sympathy as he recovers from the few false steps that he takes.
This is a compendium that must be savoured slowly ; for every page has a gem . It's either the twist in the story line itself, or perhaps a choice bonmot or the use of a particular word that shows Dexter's commitment to Atticism. And, of course, like he does with all his books, Dexter leaves your English vocabulary much enriched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Books are Better! 6 April 2010
By Dennis S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Reading Inspector Morse cases are much better than watching them. You'll love these stories. Morse is much more interesting in prose and in pose (sorry couldn't help myself).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fisst Inspector Morse Omnibus 17 Aug 2012
By morse fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While I was thrilled to find this collection of Dexter's stories, I was disappointed by the smell of smoke that has permeated the pages.
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