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From Publishers Weekly
In the British author's latest, his admirable Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis investigate a murder committed on New Year's Eve at a hotel in Oxford. Three couples are housed in the hotel annex, and one man, winner of the prize in the fancy-dress contest, is found dead in his room. The first problem facing Morse and Lewis is locating the other five guests, including the victim's wife, all of whom have fled, having registered under fake names and addresses. The irascible inspector needs patient Lewis's calming presence more than ever since the killers seem to have carried out a deep-laid and devious plot. They are so clever that the case challenges Morse's talent for spying each tree in a forest of tricks. Engrossed in the story that Dexter tells in his witty and stylish fashion, readers will savor the mystery of the masquerade and the detecting partners' ultimate triumph.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
The Secret of Annexe 3 features Dexter's (The Jewel That Was Ours, Audio Reviews, LJ 9/15/94) popular Inspector Morse investigating a murder that results from a husband's discovery of his wife's infidelity. The story begins somewhat slowly but eventually captures the listener's attention through Dexter's ability to draw his characters and scenes so well. The interrogations are especially well done. Morse is as brooding and moody as the Wagnerian operas he loves. Stage and screen actor Michael Pennington's reading is clear, and the tone of his voice highlights the minor key of this work and Morse's character. An enjoyable work for public libraries.
Michael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, N.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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A group of couples book into some typically British and old-fashioned festivities for a few days--a New Year's Eve celebration at the Haworth Hotel. In Room 3 of the hotel's annexe one couple checks in, but one male partner stays behind against his will; he ends up a murder victim. A big looming building crane, a man in a Rastafarian costume, and all sorts of letters turn up as clues in this bizarre mystery. Before the celebratory events, a husband finds out that his wife, Margaret Bowman, has taken up with a lover, and he wants revenge.
In a Morse mystery the inspector either gets the hots for some woman or she with him. He has those "fierce blue-grey eyes" so attractive to certain women, but he always strikes out anyway.
Lewis is usually forced to do the "donkey work" and often gets frustrated and angered by his boss's abruptness and his attitude of certainty. Suspense often creeps into a Dexter narrative.
In this one Morse works up several murder scenarios that don't hold water, and as usual the murderer(s) is no slouch when it comes to sheer inventiveness.
The two stalwart sleuths will often interview the same witness, each time coming away with a nugget that sends the investigation down another cul de sac. Like many other mystery writers certain elements are formulaic in a Dexter mystery, but his fascination with small details and his fertile imagination carry the day.
Why are you such a huge fan of this series you may ask?
...because the author has me involved from the first page on and it is no different in this entry, "The Secret of Annexe 3".
John Binyan, the proprieter at Haworth Hotel is planning a gala event to include a costume party in welcoming in the New Year. It will also be the opening of the new annexe to his hotel. Binyan is most anxiously awaiting the arrival of his clients/guests, both those who have booked in advance and those calling in at the last moment.
Mr. Binyan, finding he is short staffed, calls in his right hand gal, Sarah Johnstone, from her holiday from work to assist during the New Year.
The guests start arriving and later appear in in full array for the costume party. All is going better than planned until the next morning when a victim is found in annexe 3. Inspector Morse is called in...with Lewis,of course,to identify the remains. For that they need their medical examiner.
Colin Dexter engages me, the reader, in searching out clues by beginning with each guest staying at the hotel. Their background, their place of work, their relationships. Inspector Morse's piercing blue eyes as he questions and later interrogates each possible suspect become almost visible to me as I read on. And with each page I, the reader, become more and more involved in the unraveling of details behind each character.
Colin Dexter never insults his readers with shallowness or boredom... not with THE Inspector Morse at hand.
I continue to enjoy and look forward to each Inspector Morse entry. This, "The Secret of Annexe 3" was no exception. I highly recommend this story and this series wholeheartedly.