The Jewel That Was Ours: Intermediate (Macmillan Readers) Paperback – 31 Mar 2005
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'A classic Dexter mix of mysterious corpses, intriguing clues, dreaming spires – and Morse himself' Today --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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He looked overweight around the midriff, though nowhere else, and she wondered whether perhaps he drank too much. He looked weary, as if he had been up most of the night conducting his investigations . . .
For Oxford, the arrival of twenty-seven American tourists is nothing out of the ordinary . . . until one of their number is found dead in Room 310 at the Randolph Hotel.
It looks like a sudden - and tragic - accident. Only Chief Inspector Morse appears not to overlook the simultaneous theft of a jewel-encrusted antique from the victim's handbag.
Then, two days later, a naked and battered corpse is dragged from the River Cherwell. A coincidence? Maybe. But this time Morse is determined to prove the link . . .
'Traditional crime writing at its best; the kind of book without which no armchair is complete' Sunday Times
'A classical Dexter mix of mysterious corpses, intriguing clues, dreaming spires - and Morse himself' Today--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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That's the book in a nutshell and I am not giving anything away here because this is what it says on the back of the book. You can read it before you read the book.
Even though one can rather quickly establish an idea why the old lady is dead and who stole the antique and who might have done her in, all this does not seem to be important to Chief Inspector Morse. He completely ignores the old lady and her jewel and concentrates solely on the other corpse. In the end, he solves that murder and it does make sense in a way. He also solves the death of the old lady and the possible whereabouts of the antique, but these really do appear as an unimportant side-affair.
What I didn't particularly like about the book is that because of so many people involved - some of whom entertain rather interesting relationships amongst themselves - there are too many potential plots, which made it rather difficult for me to figure out what is happening. And because of that I found it almost impossible to follow Inspector Morse's train of thought. If it wasn't for his great reckoning at the end of the book, I would be left in the middle of nowhere.
On a positive note, the title of the book is excellent.Read more ›
As is not uncommon, Morse and Lewis do not appear at the beginning. Rather we are introduced to the tour leader, John Ashendon, the curator of the Ashmolean Museum, Dr. Theodore Kemp, and the events organiser for the university, Sheila Williams. The latter have been having an affair for some time but Kemp now has his eye on someone else. The Americans include several retired couples, including Laura and Eddie Stratton, and the very opinionated Janet Roscoe the bane of other group members, their hosts and hotel staff. As ever, all of these characters are hiding secrets and several are involved with one another.
Laura Stratton has brought back to Oxford the ‘Wolvergate Tongue’, part of a Saxon belt buckle that was part of the estate of her first husband. She intends to present this to the Ashmolean who hold the other part of the buckle. Laura and Kemp have been communicating about this and the latter is relishing the publicity. Unfortunately before the presentation can be made the tongue is stolen and Laura is found dead, apparently following a heart attack. Enter Morse and Lewis. Subsequently one of the main characters is found dead.
Dexter perfectly describes Morse’s manner of detection [‘One of the most extraordinary things about the man’s mind was that any check, any set-back, to some sweet hypothesis, far from dismaying him, seemed immediately to prompt some second hypothesis that soon appeared sweeter than the first.’] and the frustration that Lewis feels as a result.Read more ›
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A challenging piece of writing by Colin Dexter. As good as one would expect. Endeavour to work it out if you canPublished 6 months ago by Colin Murphy
Morse. A great read. I'm a huge fan and will continue to read and re-read again and again.Published 11 months ago by SusanP
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