Sixth in the Chief Inspector Morse series set in Oxford. In this book, an Oxford don goes missing and Morse is contacted by the Vice Headmaster. A body later turns up, of course, but how did it get to where it was found and who would so savagely mutilate it? And is it really Dr. Browne-Smith's body after all? Enjoyable read, as all the Morse books have ever been for me. One of my favorite series.
I enjoyed the Scott slang and viewpoint in this book. For me it was an interesting look into another culture. The story itself had lots of twists and turns. An author I would read again.
Inspector Morse puzzles it out with murder of an Oxford don - or is it? Even the identity of the corpse poses problems, and it's a delight to see the relentless Morse in action.
Watched the series from the BBC, loved the series, loved this my first read of Dexter's Inspector Morse. Want more!
If you like Inspector Morse and the subtle humor in these books, you won't be disappointed. In the end, Morse makes sense of what most of us wouldn't be able to put together in a million years.
As usual for a Colin Dexter novel, Morse and the faithful Sgt. Lewis have a curiosity on their hands. Multiple corpses, with even fewer identifications than motives. I would never send anyone to a Morse book for realistic police procedure, but this particular installment of the series is over the top.
If you have a Morse-style inventive mind that enjoys a mystery which can only be unraveled by someone who might actually do the Times of London crossword in ink, this is your book. If you delight in the Morse series more for its setting, characters, and idiosyncrasies, perhaps it will not be your favorite. Although it does reveal a bit of the History of Morse mystery, so if you are a stalwart, it's required reading.
First Morse book I have read, although I have been watching the TV series for many years. I find the TV versions much richer than the book, interestingly enough. Morse himself has much more depth on the screen - probably thanks to the skilled acting of John Thaw - and Dexter is sparse with his explorations of character. In the book, Morse is annoying, but not very interesting.
another marvelous Morse murder case-is the body a missing professor? And why does the detective work take Morse through both seedy and high class brothels?
Inspector Morse isn't sure what to make of the truncated corpse found dumped in the Oxford Canal, but he suspects it may be all that is left of an elderly Oxford don last seen bording a train several days earlier. Morse must make the rounds of London topless bars and bordellos in an attempt to solve this case.
I really enjoyed reading this author. I have watched the series on TV and thought I would try one of the books. I wasn't disappointed.
I loved this book. It had so many twists to the plot that kept it interesting up to the last page! I have watched the Morse TV shows and that makes it even more enjoyable to read these books because you can picture Morse's facial expressions while reading the text. I already miss Morse and Mr. Frost(?), isn't it, who passed away.