The Dead of Jericho Hardcover – 1 Oct 1981
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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...Read more ›
"The Dead of Jericho" opens with Morse at a party. Not only is the thirsty lothario making the most of the hospitality, he's also trying it on with a significantly younger lady called Anne Scott. Presumably stuck for company, Anne quite happily chats to him for the rest of the evening and even suggests he calls to see her at some point. Unfortunately, Morse's evening is cut short with a phone call from Lewis and - suspecting a husband stashed away somewhere - takes six months to actually make it to Anne's house. Although someone appears to be in the house, nobody answers when he calls round...so he takes the hint and leaves. He's back that evening though, when news breaks that Anne has apparently killed herself - the news leaves Morse feeling a little suspicious and badly regretting a missed opportunity. His presence is only marginally official, given that DI Bell is in charge of the investigation. Of course, that isn't likely to stop Morse unofficially sticking his nose in.
I had hoped "Service of All the Dead"- the fourth Morse book - had seen the series finally hit its stride. Unfortunately not. While much is made of Morse's genius and his refined tastes, he seems to spend most of his time leering over the ladies and drinking prodigious amounts of beer. (It's well beyond the book's halfway point before Morse officially takes over the investigation and he barely seems capable of turning up for work sober. Five books into the series and it's become very easy to see how Armstrong and Miller came up with Jack Force).Read more ›
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Re-reading this after many years, it does seem very dated – not just because of its setting in time, but also the less than logical approach taken to writing the novel. Read morePublished 3 days ago by ESES
If you’ve ever read a Colin Dexter book before then you should already know what to expect here. Dexter is a competent crime writer, and Inspector Morse has gone down in history as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SocialBookshelves.com
This is not one of the best books in the series, mainly because its solution is so contrived that even Agatha Christie would have thought twice about using it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr R
Another offering of the deductive powers of E.Morse. This novel is more about Morse than about Morse and Lewis, though Lewis still plays his subordinate role to Morse. Read morePublished 7 months ago by bibliophile
Love Morse. Even when I know whodunnit I still spot things when I re-read them that I missed first time round.Published 12 months ago by SusanP
Great intertwining plot with lots of local detail, cleverly keeping the reader as much in the dark as the committed members of the police!