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Inspector Morse Book 3
on 17 July 2013
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.