- Audio CD
- Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0754053490
- ISBN-13: 978-0754053491
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,857,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death is Now My Neighbour Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 May 2000
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Colin Dexter's brain-teasing whodunit unravels a complex web of deceit and betrayal in the upper echelons of Oxford academia. At the centre of this web is the murder of a young woman, Rachel James, shot from close range through her kitchen window. Chief Inspector E. Morse is called in to investigate, but the motive is frustratingly elusive and alibis are thick on the ground. But then, after a visit to his GP, Morse is face with a far more personal crisis. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Dexter’s hallmarks are everywhere, a complex plot, apt quotes introducing each of the many short chapters, crossword clues, Morse’s love of Wagner and Houseman [and ambivalence to Bach], compelling hypotheses constructed and then disregarded when contradictory evidence appears, Lewis running around at Morse’s beck and call, and insights into the politics of Lonsdale College where the election of a new Master is underway. The weakness of the author’s presentation of women characters continues but this is a minor point given the enjoyment that this book gave me.
The neighbours are Rachel James, a physiotherapist, and Geoffrey Owens, a journalist; both had been shot and each wore their hair in a long pony tail. Might there be a connection? Of course, Morse and Lewis find many that lead to blackmail, bed-hopping and, for Morse, a trip to Soho during which he enters ‘a seedy-looking thoroughfare, where a succession of establishments promised XXXX videos and magazines [imported], shows [live], strip-tease [continuous] – and a selection of freshly made sandwiches [various].’ Because this is ‘only’ a detective novel it is easy to overlook just how good the writing is, and at so many levels.Read more ›
Morse enters the scene with the murder of Rachel James. What makes it somewhat more difficult this time is that there is next to no reason why the young lady should have been killed and it is only with the second murder of Geoffrey Owens that the whole mystery becomes a good deal clearer. The conclusion I shall let you read yourself but it struck me somewhat unfortunate for the victims, hence the title of my review.
What I love about Colin Dexter is how well he develops his characters. What makes this novel perhaps a touch more difficult than other Morse novels is that all the characters are involved and/or connected with each other, which gives the reader a hell of a job to follow all the possible combinations on what may have happened. From my point of view, this makes the story more exciting.
Morse is still his good old self. Rude and always out of pocket when it comes to paying for the pint. You will notice that his health has again deteriorated. He is now drinking not because it helps him to think but to counter-balance the insulin injections he needs. But these novels would not be half the fun without him.
The other thing I like about this book and every single book since `The Dead Of Jericho' are the proverbs Colin Dexter opens his chapters with. Excellent show.
I seem to read stories in any sequence and so found no difficulty in picking up this late in the career of Morse story. I found it hard to put the book down once I had started reading. I found the chapters easy to read and in almost bite sized sections.
The characters are by this time well worked and the atmosphere of the Oxford Colleges and police routine sit side by side. I will certainly read more of these stories and can recommend this story. Pricewise great value.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Here we have yet another one of Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse novels, and this particular book takes its title from the fact that the action centres on a small street. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Arrived promptly and was as described in the information.Published 14 months ago by christine a. holland
Love Morse. Even when I know whodunnit I still spot things when I re-read them that I missed first time round.Published 22 months ago by SusanP
I couldn't read this without seeing John Thaw striding across the pages - if you like Inspector Morse on the telly, you'll enjoy this. I did.Published on 21 Aug. 2014 by Valdav