This is a collection of short stories, most of which feature Dexter's series character, Chief Inspector Morse and his faithful sidekick, Sergeant Lewis. In one case, Morse tangles with a one-legged terrorist with a weakness for porn. In another, he attempts to head off a crime after he realizes that a poor innocent victim is being set up for a burglary. There are a number of murder cases that must be solved, and through it all, Morse remains his usual brilliant and cantankerous self. This is a book that will appeal to any fan of the series.
A book of 11 short stories, ranging from 5 to 30 minutes reading time. All compelling reading, thought provoking. All reminders of cryptic crossword clues, double bluffs, mystery and intrigue. Not all the stories feature Morse. Morse's greatest mystery is the one story with the least criminal and detective content. The story subjects include fabricating evidence, theft, escape from prison, impersonation, infidelity and murder. A likable book, worth reading, recommended for holidays or train journeys. The first Colin Dexter I've read it reminded me of Ian McEwan but not so macabre.
If, like myself, you've read every Morse book, seen every episode on TV, and just need a final 'fix', you may enjoy this !! It's a collection of short stories (not all of which involve Morse) with different twists, some clever, some predictable and some plain ridiculous. It strikes me as a collection of plots which Colin could not develop into full blown stories but which were too good to simply dump.
This book was fun, a nice, quick read that features a couple of different short stories about Inspector Morse, including one in which he himself is the victim of a crime, as well as a short story set at Christmas. Perhaps most interestingly of all is the inclusion of a short story about Sherlock Holmes, which was presumably written by Dexter but reads like it was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve read it somewhere else before.
I recommend this one, whether you’re a Morse fan or not.
I was thrilled to discover some Morse stories that I hadn't previously come across. However, I was very disappointed. The short story format didn't suit Dexter's style at all, as he was unable to develop the story or use Morse's character effectively. The stories would have been okay if they hadn't been Morse stories and had used a different character. In one or two of the stories the point was either so obscure, or so insignificant I couldn't even see it!