Service of All the Dead (Pan crime) Paperback – 1 Sep 1980
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'Wily, convoluted and elegant' Observer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
The sweet countenance of Reason greeted Morse serenely when he woke, and told him that it would be no bad idea to have a quiet look at the problem itself before galloping off to a solution.
Chief Inspector Morse was alone among the congregation in suspecting continued unrest in the quiet parish of St Frideswide's.
Most people could still remember the churchwarden's murder. A few could still recall the murderer's suicide. Now even the police had closed the case.
Until a chance meeting among the tombstones reveals startling new evidence of a conspiracy to deceive . . .
'A brilliantly plotted detective story'
'Wily, convoluted and elegant'Observer
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Top Customer Reviews
As usual Colin Dexter conjures up a magnificently twisting plot that starts out simply and revolves into another complex mystery that only Morse can solve.
Although the plot of the novel is quite complex, Dexter manages to ensure that the reader is not too confused and brings the action along at a speedy pace which encourages prolonged reading. The character of Morse shines through the novel in a way that it never does when watching the television version. There is a wealth of supporting characters with well plotted histories and one of the best aspects of a Dexter novel is seeing Morse discover their involvements with the central murder of the novel and this one is no exception. Their motivations are always believable, as are their characteristics.
The actual details of the how and the why are a little more obvious than usual in this particular novel, but there is still a great detective story at the heart of this novel.
"Service of All The Dead" is a solid detective novel with wit and thrills in abundance. Highly recommended, if not the best in the series of Morse novels.
And in its own terms, it manages to introduce the requisite number of false trails and red herrings to keep the 'whodunnit' guesswork going. I did manage to guess the outcome about two thirds through, but without really knowing why, and other possibilities were still open. Good fun is had by all.
I certainly did - I remember being a bit puzzled by it the last time I read it, and certainly the solution is quite complex (I'm still not sure I'm absolutely clear on the motive for the first murder...), but I completely loved the experience of re-reading this. It was like returning to a favourite holiday destination after many years and finding it's still as beautiful as you remember. Dexter writes wonderfully slyly, and plots exceptionally well. The whole thing is gripping, mysterious, fun, witty, intelligent. Blah blah blah. I'm keen to re-read a few more, now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best bit of the Morse stories is Morse himself and his relationship with Lewis . Great characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. Robin J. Wisniewski
Advertised as "very good condition" but this book was grubby and tatty, at most only fair condition, disappointed.Published 6 months ago by Ms A Wilson
What is not to love about Colin Dexter's writing. This is a wonderfully crafted whodunnit. Really enjoyedPublished 6 months ago by Charlot King
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
The brilliantly absorbing Morse tv series is made even better by reading the original books. Colin Dexter writes beautifully. Always a delight to re-read.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dexter had me guessing till the last I can still see John Thaw playing this part so admirably, this book had more twists than a fairground twister just couldn't put it down.Published 14 months ago by noddy