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Death is Now My Neighbour: The New Inspector Morse Novel Paperback – Sep 12 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (Sept. 12 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033035034X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552147972
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,384,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Colin Dexter has won many awards for his novels including the CWA Gold Dagger and Silver Dagger awards. In 1997 he was presented with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding services to crime literature. Colin's thirteenth and final Inspector Morse novel,The Remorseful Day, was published in 1999. He lives in Oxford.

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Typically British Oct. 21 2007
By Kathleen S. Mcbride - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I took a long time to get to the point. A little tedious at times.
Dexter writes with an enchanted pen... March 21 2006
By K. L Sadler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Oh how I miss Morse! I have never read all the Dexter books, nor have I seen all of the Morse videos. So when I pick one up again that I have not been through, it is such a treat of fine writing. And of course, I will continue to see John Thaw in my mind as the very fallible Inspector Morse, who is so difficult to work and live with, but who somehow has people who care about him. It's like loving a prickly pear cactus...

This book is another fine example of mystery writing in the maze of Oxford. Morse has to deal with the deaths of two people in the same housing area, and first determine if they are related, and if they are, how and why? Morse sends poor Lewis to do a lot of the leg work, while he drinks his way through the neighboring pubs and getting gems of information from those who knew the victims.

In the midst of this, is another tale of professorially competition. It's alive and well in Britain, just as well as it is here in the U.S. In this case, only two men are up for the coveted position, and they both want the position...and both their wives want the position for their the point of doing things most people wouldn't even consider doing.

Morse finally recognizes as the intelligent person he is, that his body is trying to tell him something, and that if he doesn't do something soon, he may not live. He winds up in the hospital with severe diabetes...and promises to change his lifestyle, kind of...

Those like Lewis who care about Morse, know this scare is not going to be enough to change Morse's heavy drinking habits...but continue to work with and for him. Lewis continues to try to nag Morse into healthy change, realizing it's probably a lost cause. Morse in the meantime, continues to tease apart the pieces of the puzzles to these collegial murders, even as he deals with his own health and his own mortality. This time he is so busy with this stuff, he doesn't have a chance to fall somewhat in love with someone...

Karen SAdler
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Read to solve the Great Morse Mystery-his name! March 13 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio Cassette
According to a young friend from Exeter, England, the title theme music provides the Inspector's first name....keyed out in Morse Code. If you are, as am I, not proficient in that art, you may care to read this piece for no other reason than to find the christening link. However, once committed you may find yourself giving the tome a double reading: once to follow a path wound through a traumatized village populace infused with fear and suspicious neighbors; and then through the pages once again to look sharp for the subtle moment of the Great Unveiling! Morse himself believes the name uncomfortable and awful, so he basically never places the moniker into public play. His Quaker Mum had her reasons....reasons which a curmudgeon like Morse would also find "uncomfortable". If ever you endeavor to undertake this challenge, you'll not be left wondering any longer, and entertained in the process. By the way, the name is actually listed somewhere in this review, as well. See how innocuous it may prove to be! Enjoy... and good sleuthing to you!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great writing, plotting and characterizations! Sept. 18 2005
By Shirley Schwartz - Published on
Format: Paperback
In fact, what we've come to expect from Colin Dexter. His Morse series is a reader's dream! Dexter pens a great story, and the mysteries in these stories are also very good - complex and difficult to solve. As much as I enjoyed the televesion programs, reading the books has been a delight! Morse is just as brilliant as John Thaw portrayed him, but he is something more. He's much more vulnerable, mercurial, quixotic and yes, more eccentric. He drinks more and lives larger than he appears on TV, and these have an effect on his health. In this book, we see a vulnerable Morse battling his mortality while he tries to solve a complex case. He wins the battle this time, but we know that the next book will be his last and that makes reading this book a bitter-sweet experience. Read this series! It should not be missed!