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The Dead Of Jericho [Paperback]

Colin Dexter
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March 16 2007

Morse switched on the gramophone to ‘play’, and sought to switch his mind away from all the terrestrial troubles. Sometimes, this way, he almost managed to forget. But not tonight...

Anne Scott’s address was scribbled on a crumpled note in the pocket of Morse’s smartest suit.

He turned the corner of Canal Street, Jericho, on the afternoon of Wednesday, 3rd October.

He hadn’t planned a second visit. But he was back later the same day – as the officer in charge of a suicide investigation...


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'The writing is highly intelligent, the atomosphere metancholy, the effect haunting' DAILY TELEGRAPH --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, stimulating read ! May 4 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A chance, flirtatous encounter between Inspector Morse and a friend of a friend provides the context for Inspector Morse's interest in a tawdry suicide. The brooding Chief Inspector contemplates what might have been as suicide turns to murder, and murder again ! Sergant Lewis and Coroner Max Bell provide a delicious counterpoint to a puzzle with a light literary undercurrent. A good read !
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fanastic mystery book by Colin Dexter Dec 19 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is good, yet it is just like any other ordinary mystery book. It has a boring start, but as the story progresses it gets more intense. It starts off like a mystery book. The detective meets with a lady. They get to know each other and later on the lady is found dead in her home. Murder? or Suicide? --The detective is on the search for answers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery Book that must be read. Dec 9 1997
By A Customer
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In the beginning of the story, it was just like another typical mystery story. After a while, the story was getting really exciting. The ending was smashing and the characters was great.I highly recommend this to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put Colin Dexter on your Must Read Series List! Nov. 8 2004
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dead of Jericho is another Inspector Morse police proceduaral novel which will keep you guessing until the end of the case Sept. 10 2012
By C. M Mills - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Morse: The Blind Leading the Blind? April 16 2011
By John F. Rooney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dec 1 2011
By J. Smallridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars All The World's a Stage in Jericho Dec 15 2013
By N. Y. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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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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