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Death Is Now My Neighbor (Inspector Morse Book 12) [Kindle Edition]

Colin Dexter
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Why would a sniper shoot suburban physiotherapist Rachel James as she sips her morning coffee? Inspector Morse's hunt for answers kicks off with a tabloid journalist, winds through the strip clubs of Soho, then returns to Oxford, where two senior dons and their wives battle for a plum promotion. Then, on the personal front, Inspector Morse receives intimations of his own mortality.

And while Morse muses on life, he reveals his first name at last. . . .

From the Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

Inspector Morse, the slightly cantankerous Oxford detective of BBC (& PBS) fame returns in Colin Dexter's intellectual thriller Death is Now My Neighbor. When the Master of Lonsdale College retires, two senior dons are left competing for the single spot that will be the penultimate position of their academic careers. A seemingly unrelated murder takes Morse and his partner Lewis from the strip clubs of Soho on a case that leads unexpectedly back to the manicured grounds of the Oxford college. This puzzling, stimulating, and thoroughly enjoyable British mystery, is chock full of antiquarian clues and literate allusions, making it a rewarding, stimulating read.

From Publishers Weekly

The latest Inspector Morse yarn from the redoubtable Dexter (The Way Through the Wood, etc.) might well be subtitled "Morse Meets C.P. Snow," because part of the plot-about the machinations at an Oxford college to succeed the retiring Master-owes a good deal to Snow's The Masters (Morse even mentions the book in his one-uppish way). There is, however, more than academic politics to this tale involving two murders on a quiet Oxford suburban street, one of which was apparently a case of mistaken identity, and an alibi created with truly fiendish ingenuity. As usual with a Morse mystery, the Inspector's offbeat personality and his odd relationship with his earnestly lowbrow sidekick, Sergeant Lewis, provide much of the pleasure; the plot is entirely workmanlike. Here Morse, who seems to be drinking more than ever, has a nasty diabetic episode, slows down for a while, has a gratifying flirtation that actually ends up in bed and is ultimately forced to pen a touching missive to Lewis that reveals, in that stiff-upper-lip British way, a degree of affection for the man. A treat for buffs, this is also a good introduction for newcomers to an addictive detective. Author tour. (Mar.) FYI: In March and April, PBS will air new Morse episodes on Mystery! During 1997, Ivy Books will reissue five Inspector Morse novels in paper.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804115729
  • Publisher: Ivy Books; 1st Ballantine Books Ed edition (July 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8P3IQ
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Inspector Morse book yet! November 29, 1998
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I'm surprised all reviewers haven't given this book 5 stars. To my mind, it is the deepest Morse book. It is only secondarily a murder mystery. Primarily, it is an exploration of human weakness and frailty.Both Morse and (to a lesser extent) Lewis have developed quite a bit as personalities. I'm very much looking forward to their next case.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
When Sir Clicksby Breen, at age 69, decides to retire as Master of Lonsdale College, Oxford, two in-house candidates become the frontrunners to succeed him. In both cases, their wives are at least as interested in acquiring the title of "Lady," which comes with the appointment, as their husbands are in becoming Master, and in both cases the wives have something in their backgrounds to hide.

In this somewhat fragmented mystery in which the action evolves on parallel tracks, Inspector Morse is called to investigate the murder of a young woman, Rachel James, in what appears to have been a case of mistaken identity. She is the next door neighbor of Geoffrey Owens, a reporter who dabbles in blackmail, and many people have reason to want him dead, including both of the Oxford dons and/or their wives.

Filled with red herrings and digressions, the mystery follows the life of the dons, the Master, their wives, reporter/blackmailer Geoffrey Owens, a neighbor who may be providing Owens with an alibi, and even the madam of a house of ill repute. The finicky and grammatically precise Inspector Morse, accompanied by his more relaxed and less educated assistant, Sgt. Lewis, play off each other to provide some moments of good humor, and the reader comes to know Morse in new ways--in his increasing fondness for drink and in his new diagnosis of diabetes. He also becomes attracted to a new woman.

Though the mystery is entertaining, it is less polished than some others in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all in the characters April 30, 2001
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With a frighteningly penetrating, ever-active mind, Chief Inspector Morse always attributes more brilliance and originality to the criminal than is warranted. To me, author Colin Dexter's magic act lies in the way he conceals the relative ordinariness of the crimes(and criminals) as we become entranced by Morse's poetic interpretations of them. In this installment of the series we are made privy to the angling of University dons as they vie to become Master of Lonsdale College. There is somewhat less vividness in the portrayal of the academics than I would have hoped--the two competing wives, each with certain similarities to Lady Macbeth, are more compelling. The relationship between Morse and Lewis is quite warm when compared to earlier books in the series, with Morse expressing his appreciation to Lewis in moving terms. The ultimate resolution of the murder relies exceedingly on figuring the amount of time needed to commute between point A and B, which I found tedious. What binds the whole are the personalities of Morse and Lewis. Beyond that we see Morse contemplating life and death with pragmatism and romance, which is what ultimately makes this a haunting book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morse and Lewis resolve more than a crime August 25, 1997
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If Inspector Morse and his faithful Lewis are involved, crimes and criminals are usually ferreted out and solved between pub stops. In this latest work, Morse must come to grips with a life-threatening illness and his own aging. All in all, that subplot was more interesting than the slowly revealed, twisting, rather soap-operatic crime plot concerning the Oxford dons. Morse fans will only be scratching the surface if they can't detect the subtle change in his personality brought about by his illness. The fact that he finally reveals his given name is a clue!
Colin Dexter is a masterful storyteller; Morse encounters and faces the same everyday problems those of us with less brilliant minds must also face. He ages; he becomes ill; he survives; he solves and triumphs. Although this is not Morse's best case, it shows Dexter's ability to create an original story each time, and it leaves us hoping to meet Morse and Lewis again, as always...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent is all i have to say April 14, 2001
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This is a suberbly written book. Praises to Colin Dexter. The infamous morse and lewis (Morse and Lewis) are portrayed in an excellent and complex characters that you actually start to fell and care about what happens to them. the story is about a murder which happens in Bloxham Drive and morse and lewis investigate it . it leads up to a story of blackmailing and a local election at Lonsdale College for the new master. The book is well written with short paragraphs that made it easier to read and understand and the beautiful plot twists that i enjoyed thouroghly. I would like to ounce again praise Colin for a job well done and this is the first inspector morse book ive read and im hoping to read others in the futre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery with wit, suspense and humanity. November 7, 2001
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Colin Dexter is a masterful writer who has done a magnificent job in developing the characters of Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis. I have truly enjoyed watching them develop in his novels over the years and have marveled at the friendship that has developed in these characters of such opposite demeanor.

In this most fascinating mystery, Morse faces his own mortality in some rather surprising ways while trying to resolve a murder that appears to have been a mistake. Blackmail, tabloid journalism and the secrets of Oxford dons all weave together in ways that ultimately reveal a devious but logical solution. One of the author's finest novels -- highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 hour ago by E. JORDAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Great exchange of theories and suspects during the investigation
Great exchange of theories and suspects during the investigation , as well as the dynamics between the major investigators.
Published 23 days ago by tarheelbookie
5.0 out of 5 stars my first inspector morse book
I have watched the tv show but as so happy to finally be reading the books! Wonderful and so engrossing
Published 2 months ago by Julia Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Morse Masterpiece
Thoroughly enjoyed all of Colin Dexter's Morse mysteries.
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Arnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Morse is a kick!
Loved this book. Inspector Morse is hysterical in this one. He has a health scare and doesn't seem to care or let it stop him from doing what ever he so chooses.
Published 3 months ago by Butthatsjustme
So many possible solutions per Inspector Morse, but what is the correct one? Lots of theories, but in the end Morse sorts through them and comes up with the usual unexpected... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Billie Jean
3.0 out of 5 stars Good !
Inspector Morse is a very well constructed carácter and the novel is also well conducted, with a very credible fictional universo .
Published 4 months ago by Alberto Villalobos
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin Dexter Mystery at his best
If you enjoyed the PBS series, you will like this mystery. I followed the story to the last word. Morse and Lewis are at their best.
Published 5 months ago by Betty S Crocker
4.0 out of 5 stars Humor
Again, Dexter has written an interesting and amusing book. Great fun ! Perfect for a cold, windy day. Sorry to know that the series on TV is over.
Published 7 months ago by James G. Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars Death is Now My Neighbor
Another classic from the author in his "Inspector Morse" series. The English detective novel at its best. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David R. Edwards
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