Reading this 1996 story for the first time it struck me how much more there is to the story than we ever saw in the excellent television series based upon the books by Colin Dexter. 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.