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The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Inspector Morse)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It is absolutely baking at the present time as I write this. Not wanting to get into something perhaps a bit too complex or time consuming I just put out my hand and picked up a Morse book to while away the time. This is the third book in the Morse series and it has been quite some time since I last read it. Personally I have always preferred the novels to the tv series, probably because the characters are slightly different. For instance Morse can't really wait to see a certain X rated movie in this book, so he can have a good gander at the flesh on display.

In this book Morse and Lewis are called in after a murder has taken place to a Nicholas Quinn. Quinn is a relatively new member of staff for the Oxford Examinations Syndicate. This body sets and marks exams for educational bodies abroad. This was first published in 1977 so it is refreshing to read something where mobile phones aren't being used in every other paragraph, and before the creation of GCSEs which countries who would have used such services as the OES have shunned, wanting our old system instead.

Quinn was profoundly deaf and Morse is drawn to his place of employment for the murder suspect. As the investigation drags on are Morse and Lewis getting all the facts, or are there too many lies and red herrings? This is quite a complex case for Morse, and it has to be admitted he looks like he is wandering around picking up on the wrong things, and coming to the wrong conclusions, especially when another death happens to another member of staff at the Syndicate. Will Morse ever solve this case, especially as he keeps his conclusions so close to his chest?

Please remember this was the third Morse novel and he and Lewis are still in a way having their characters developed, and this isn't as good as the later books in the series. Chances are that you will solve the case before Morse does, which in some ways is a plus for this book. Most people come to the Morse books after seeing the tv series and so expect him to be infallible, but this book shows him in a state of indecision, leaping to wrong suspects and making a bit of a hash of things, as he tries to solve this.

It seems that nowadays in the vast majority of crime novels the detective is always right and gets his man straight away, but as we know, in real life this doesn't happen all the time, so it is refreshing to read this and finding the detective not as clever as he thinks he is, and making mistakes. For days like this when you just need to sit down and try and cool off, this book is an ideal read. It makes you think, although not too much, and it draws you in, and holds your attention to the end, in all a good summer read.
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on 4 September 2013
Have only just started to read the Morse books by Colin Dexter. I am difficult to please but have found these to be sheer escapism. Enjoy the wild traits of Morse and the patience of Lewis. Am currently on my seventh Morse novel - in similar manner to my recent reading of Lee Child Jack Reacher books, Colin Dexter and Morse are a great read.
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on 13 July 2009
Although the third novel in Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series (following "Last Bus to Woodstock" and "Last Seen Wearing"), this was the first mystery to reveal exactly how brilliant the books about this bad-tempered, beer-swilling and tight-fisted detective were going to be.

Assisted as always by the ever-willing Lewis, Morse re-enters the world of the town's academics to track down the killer of a member of the Oxford Examinations Syndicate - a member who was newly-appointed and profoundly deaf.

Perfectly written and beautifully paced, this tale was the first sign that Colin Dexter would soon become the crime writer we now know and love. If you like detective stories, you must read this - it's as simple as that!
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on 26 March 2013
Enjoyed this book but probably not as much as other Inspector Morse books I have read over the years. Having said that I found it hard to put it down until I had finished the book.
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on 6 November 2013
My first experience of Colin Dexter (I know it's taken a long time) but not my last. Excellently written novel that I could not wait to finish, bring on the next one.
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on 2 February 2014
Love Inspector Morse books - Mr Dexter pens an excellent read! Thank you Mr Dexter for taking the time to produce such an excellent novel!
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on 6 May 2014
This book is a terrific read. It keeps you engrossed from beginning to end. It is a must read book. I will definitely recommend this book
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on 18 September 2013
As ever with Colin Dexter it has more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing - with apologies to Richard Curtis/Ben Elton!
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on 17 August 2013
This is my favourite Inspector Morse book. It has you guessing right up to the end! Just love the way Colin Dexter writes.
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on 24 July 2015
excellent plot line and development of all characters. Easy to read, well crafted story you associate with this author.
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