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'The writing is highly intelligent, the atomosphere metancholy, the effect haunting' DAILY TELEGRAPH --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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"[MORSE IS] THE MOST PRICKLY, CONCEITED, AND GENUINELY BRILLIANT DETECTIVE SINCE HERCULE POIROT."

--The New York Times Book Review



He meets her at a suburban party. They share a flirtation over their red wine . . . and he doesn't see her again. It's the old familiar story for Morse. Then one day he just happens to be in Jericho, where Anne Scott lives. Nobody's home--and Morse should know since her door is unlocked and he takes a quick look inside. Only later does Morse learn that the lady was at home, just not alive. The jury's verdict at the inquest is death by suicide. But that doesn't sit right with Morse, and he embarks on his own investigation into the tangled private life of a lovely woman, all the while feeling his own remorse of what might have been. . . .



"You don't really know Morse until you've read him. . . . Viewers who have enjoyed British actor John Thaw as Morse in the PBS Mystery! anthology series should welcome the deeper character development in Dexter's novels."

--Chicago Sun-Times



"A masterful crime writer whom few others match."

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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Morse Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books; Reprint edition (December 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804114862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804114868
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They are well written.
Patricia Davis
In this book a woman that Morse had met at a banquet is found hanging in her kitchen.
S. Schwartz
Can I compare Inspector Morse and Lewis to any other mystery series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on November 8, 2004
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Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series is a must read for mystery fans. Notice that I say the series, not just a specific book. They are all equally good and each one is unique in it's mystery and puzzle. In this book a woman that Morse had met at a banquet is found hanging in her kitchen. Did she commit suicide or was she helped. Morse needs to find out because the woman had left an impression on him six months before at the banquet. By the time the reader gets to the end of the book there is another death that is most certainly a murder in the Jericho section of Oxford (in fact next door to where the woman was found). Morse knows that the two deaths are connected, but what a convoluted puzzle for him to figure out. Everyone involved is lying and that doesn't make it any easier for him, but the irascible Morse figures it out in the end. These books are extremely well-written, and a real joy to read since they are so well-written. The plots are always extremely clever, and they keep you guessing right until the end.
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Do you like your detective fiction to be:
a. Very literate in style with brainy quotations at the beginning of each chapter?
b. Complex plots and three dimensional characters to investigate?
c.A quirky, briliant and classical music loving loser with women who is the star of the police department? Think Inspector Morse?
d. A fast moving plot which produces many red herrings and a plot which uses Sophocles Oedipus Rex story as a paradigm for the soliving of the nettlesome case?
If your answer to any or all of the above questions is "YES" then you are an excellent candidate to become hooked on the Colin Dexter Inspector Morse novels.
The Plot of "The Dead of Jericho". Bachelor Inspector Morse is a melancholy man who has never been married. At an Oxford Party he meets the fetching Anne Scott. He will later investigate a suicide case in which Anne is found hanging dead by a rope in her kitchen? Why did she kill herself? What is murder? Later a murder victim will be found bludgened to death in his seedy apartment. How are the crimes connected if at all? What about Anne's past? To discover the answers solve the case in the company of Inspector Lewis and his fellow detective Sergeant Lewis.
These tales which have been seen by millions of viewers on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery are even better in print. Enjoy this fine entry in the series and you will read them all! Recommended for a light and mind challenging read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John F. Rooney VINE VOICE on April 16, 2011
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"The Dead of Jericho" (1981) has Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse once again faced with another of his brain-numbing mysteries. The final improbable and convoluted solution will probably puzzle and confound readers to a point of despair. This one involves two sets of brothers, a peeping Tom, marital infidelity, a suicide, blackmail, crucial letters, coincidental car fatalities, and a bucket of red herrings.
At a party fifty-year-old Morse, always a lonely man seeking female companionship meets a woman, Anne Scott, whom he likes, a mature woman younger than he. Forever putting off things, Morse looks her up six months later on the very day that the woman has committed suicide. Morse gets assigned to the case much later.
For the first 125 pages Sergeant Lewis is out of the picture, but during the investigation stages Morse turns on faithful Lewis and treats him very shabbily. Lewis calls it a carpeting when he's being chewed out. Lewis takes it, and short-tempered Morse quickly changes tack and even compliments his dogsbody assistant. Lewis worships his boss and considers him a near-genius. But why does such a brilliant guy go off on such wild goose chases? He thinks his mind is keener after a few pints. There's enough wit and humor in an Inspector Morse mystery to keep readers chuckling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Smallridge on December 1, 2011
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This is by far the best Morse book. It contains all of Dexter's classic elements -- Morse's brilliant mind, his drinking, his limited lady skills -- and inserts them into a classic storyline to create a perfect mystery. This is detective fiction at its finest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By n/a on December 15, 2013
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Typically good character writing by Colin Dexter, with Morse and Lewis engaging in work and play, and with the supporting personae. We wish Dexter the best in retirement, but also wish he would come out of retirement now and then with a new Inspector Morse.
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How could I not continue reading Inspector Morse and call myself a mystery lover? Top notch writing. Top notch mystery definitely not for the shallow reader. Fantastic endings.

And so we come to "The dead Of Jericho". Yes, Inspector Morse is his familiar self. He continues to drink at the local pub with or without company and continues to fail miserably with women. And yet...his observations of already thoroughly examined crime scenes are far superior to those above him in the Thames Valley Police.

I started to miss the fellowship of sorts between Morse and Lewis when finally ...Lewis enters the picture.

The Dead of Jericho begins with Morse meeting a lovely younger woman, Anne Scott, during a party. She gives him her address and later (too much later) he decides to drop by. Unfortunately, no one was home...or were they? A sad ending for a lovely woman and what could have been.

The characters include 2 successful brothers in business together. Are they involved with Anne Scott? And if they are how?

The ending was so far above just suspenseful that I was glued to each page. Can I compare Inspector Morse and Lewis to any other mystery series. A resounding NO to that question. This series stands alone as it should as this book stands alone. Whether you read the series in order or just pick one out at random...you can't miss with Inspector Morse.
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