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An excellent collection of mystery novels
on 16 October 2009
I loved every single volume of Colin Dexter's series of inspector Morse mysteries. This is definitely not your average leisure time reading. You have to follow the individual stories quite closely otherwise you will not be able to work out "who did it". There are plenty of twists and turns in these novels but if you follow it all rather closely you should have no problems working out who the culprit was.
Having said that I'll make an exception for "The Jewel that was ours" because I think there were simply too many plots for anyone to work out what really happened. Colin Dexter probably thought so too because he reveals everything in a great reckoning at the end of that particular novel.
Inspector Morse is a real character. Granted the chap is a serious alcoholic, womaniser and ill-tempered most of the time and perhaps these characteristics don't fit in well with today's values. However, Morse displays a rather fine mind and to be honest without him and his antics these novels would be boring. Besides, he is a stickler when it comes to wording matters correctly which adds a quality to these books which unfortunately so often is missing in today's average detective novel.
A lot of the reviewers of individual novels in the collection have compared these novels with the Inspector Morse television series. I personally don't think this comparison is valid. A television series would be aimed at a far larger audience and could presumably never be as "complicated" as the books otherwise the audience might lose it. I have watched some episodes of the TV series and I suppose they were entertaining.
But to tell you the truth I think you are better off reading the books.