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