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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine entry in the Inspector Morse series.,
This review is from: Death Is Now My Neighbor: An Inspector Morse Novel (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. With a large cast of characters to develop, Dexter sometimes allows the overlaps and complexities of the characters' relationships to obscure the issue of who murdered Rachel James in her home and why, and when a second murder occurs later in the novel, the case becomes particularly complex, since the murdered person has been one of the suspects in Rachel's murder. The ending, which ties up all the loose ends, comes abruptly, and the motivation of the murderer is not as strong as it is in some of Morse's other cases. An excellent mystery, but not Morse's best case. n Mary Whipple
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Signs Of Age,
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This review is from: Death is Now My Neighbour (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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars death is my neighbour,
This review is from: Death is Now My Neighbour: An Inspector Morse Story (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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain teaser,
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This review is from: Death Is Now My Neighbour (The New Inspector Morse Series:12) (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.
5.0 out of 5 stars CD,
This review is from: Death is Now My Neighbour (Audio CD)
Hi, I loved listening to the CD,
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Death is Now My Neighbour: An Inspector Morse Story by Colin Dexter (Audio Cassette - 27 Sept. 1996)
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