'Morse spent the next hour at his desk. He knew that whatever had taken place on Wednesday evening had its causation in the activities of certain persons, and that these persons had been motivated by ordinary passions of love and hate and greed and jealousy. But that wan't the puzzle at all...'
The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail.
By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man--facing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault and rape.
But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key...
'Let those who lament the decline of the English detective story reach for Colin Dexter'--The Guardian (back cover)
This is an interesting step back in time - to the 70\'s to be exact. It is Colin Dexter\'s first book in his \"Inspector Morse\" series. If you saw the PBS series you know how irritable Morse could be. The actor was true to the part.
Since this was my first time reading any Morse books, but I've been a longtime fan of the series, it was a little odd, as I have a very good picture of Morse and Lewis in my mind. In this version, Morse is not as erudite as he is in the series, and it threw me a bit. I had also not remembered him falling in love... but of course, this is why you read the book instead of watching the tv series...
It's a good book, and does present a different view of Inspector Lewis from the PBS TV series. I've only read this first one of the 6 I bought so am finding the plot twists sometimes hard to follow, but I liked the book.
Being a huge fan of Inspector Morse on PBS, I was surprised to find that there were books available. Thanks to Colin Dexter I relived another episode. A very well written plot that changed at every corner. And poor Sargent Lewis, never understanding what was really going on in Morse's mind, so often had to walk on egg shells before his boss finally told him what he was really thinking. They make very different pair, each trying to out think the other and wonderfully, in the end, their different thoughts and ideas come together to solve the mystery. Kudos to Mr. Dexter.
I liked Colin Dexter's writing. His characters are unique and the plot is interesting enough to keep me guessing until the end. Morse is at times unlikable but fascinating enough to keep me wondering what he was going to do next. It is a short book with a lot packed into it. It has lots of twists, turns and surprises that keep things moving. I liked the puzzle aspects of the book too. I didn't necessarily like the way he treated Lewis but part of the problem was that Lewis was not man enough to stand up to him. I hope in the next books that Lewis' character becomes stronger and Morse becomes more sedate. I didn't like the old men following after the young girls and I found Morse's behavior with Sue undesirable.
I liked the ending of the book and thought Colin Dexter did a great job keeping us in the dark. There were clues but a hard case to decide who the murderer was. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to those who like British mysteries.