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Death Is Now My Neighbor (Inspector Morse #12)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  2,634 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
"As he drove his chief down to Kidlington, Lewis returned the conversation to where it had begun. "

"'You haven't told me what you think about this fellow Owens - the dead woman's next-door neighbour.' "

"'Death is always the next-door neighbour, ' said Morse sombrely. "

The murder of a young woman . . . A cryptic 'seventeenth-century' love poem . . . And a photograph of a my
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 16th 2007 by Pan (first published 1996)
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Death is Now my Neighbour is the 12th novel in Colin Dexter's "Inspector Morse" series; another enjoyable and very well-written read, in the series focusing on the crimes solved by Chief Inspector Morse, and Detective Sergeant Lewis. It is not vital to read the books in order - each one can stand on its own - but a regular reader will tend to become involved with Morse's own personal story. Both the slow reveal of facts about him, plus many emotional nuances, may be lost if this penultimate nove ...more
Susan Johnson
3.5 stars

Morse is starting to see his own mortality in this book when he is diagnosed with diabetes. He is hospitalized in a health crisis and starts to reevaluate his life. Not too much, of course, as the first thing he does when he is released from the hospital is to get an alcoholic drink and have a cigarette.

The mystery surrounds a murder of a young professional shot in her house through the kitchen window. Surrounding the murder is the selection of a Master at Oxford by one of two local p
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Allie Riley
Mar 13, 2014 Allie Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cleverly written. Well plotted and entertaining. This might be an odd book in the series to begin with, but I know the TV programmes very well. You can hear John Thaw & Kevin Whately in the dialogue! Oddly, since I've watched the series often, I didn't remember who the murderer was and Dexter kept me guessing until at least very nearly the end. Excellent stuff - I shall be reading more of them!
Jun 16, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, british
In this penultimate book in the Inspector Morse series, Dexter has clearly been influenced by the success of the TV show -- Lewis is now explicitly stated as being younger than Morse despite the fact that this contradicts statements in the earlier books in the series. Morse continues to have health issues in this book, but in some regards his character is reminiscent of that shown in the earlier books. This is most evident in his scattershot approach to solving the crime.

I thought that the myst
Heather Fineisen
Feb 10, 2012 Heather Fineisen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Inspector Morse is good for a guessing game to the end. And he's a cranky bastard. Love it. What do you love? Er-him, as Endeavor would have it, er--me. I started reading Colin Dexter just recently after enjoying Inspector Lewis on PBS. I highly recommend to those who love a good pretentious literary maze. This is not a light read by any means. Enjoy!
Jun 21, 2010 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This was my fisrt Inspector Morse novel to read, the only one I've been able to find State-side, and I absolutely loved it. This is book 12 of 13 so some of the sub-plots I was not privy to. But It was an amazingly well written and planned mystery. Kudos to Mr. Dexter. I am actively hunting all of the series now.
Apr 11, 2009 Arwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-suspense
Just re-read this, more slowly this time. A very good, elaborate plot and I love (as always) the interaction between Morse and Lewis. And it's so nice that Morse gets a bit of luck with his lady - though he also gets the first signs of his demise.
Amanda Patterson
Colin Dexter at his best.
I miss Inspector Morse, his crosswords, Oxford and his drinking problem.
Pretty standard entry to the Morse series. Dexter established his template early on and never really saw fit to go beyond it. That said, it's a pretty good template. In part, it's this sense of reliability that makes the series a pleasure.

Dexter gives the reader a contrasting pair of protagonists in the grumpy, intellectual, fainty alcoholic Morse and the loyal, dogged Sgt. Lewis. British mysteries have a long tradition of the otherworldly brainbox and the common-sense, common man sidekick; Hol
This was my first book by Colin Dexter and this would not be last. The starting was slow and infact it takes almost 100 pages to really get into the story. However, writing is superb.

The best thing about Colin Dexter’s writing is that he made Morse completely human. Chief Inspector Morse is not perfect in every sense. While reading this book I was forced to compare him to Armand Gamache and Adam Dalgliesh of others eries. While they both are perfect to utmost degree, Morse seems more real. He
Dane Cobain
Aug 25, 2016 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we have yet another one of Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse novels, and this particular book takes its title from the fact that the action centres on a small street. There’s a murder at one of the houses, and the investigation immediately begins to centre on the other residents of the street. You see, it seems like someone knows something, and in fact there’s an entire web of lies and conspiracy that the whole street is tangled up in.

One of the problems that I have with detective novels is th
Bryan Higgs
I have, of course, enjoyed the Inspector Morse series on TV. When I found an inexpensive Kindle version of one of the original Morse books, I decided to try it. I'm always looking for a good detective/mystery series to sink my teeth into, but have difficulty finding any that really appeal to me.
Unfortunately, this one didn't make me want to read more. Here are some reactions to it:

1) Morse in the book is much crankier and nastier than in the TV series -- nothing surprising there, of course. Whil
Jan 23, 2016 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
I've been enjoying reruns of the Inspector Morse series, so I thought I'd finally read the books. I started with this one, the twelfth in the series, because it happened to find it on the shelf at a local library.

Chief Inspector Morse reminds me of House in the way that he infuriates everyone and gets it wrong multiple times before he gets it right. Like Agatha Christie's books, my enjoyment of the story didn't depend much on who actually did the murder. I enjoyed the presence of lots of charac

Read by................... Terrence Hardiman
Total Runtime.......... 8 hours 53 mins

Description: As he drove his chief down to Kidlington, Lewis returned the conversation to where it had begun. 'You haven't told me what you think about this fellow Owens - the dead woman's next-door neighbour.' 'Death is always the next-door neighbour,' said Morse sombrely. The murder of a young woman ...A cryptic 'seventeenth-century' love poem ...And a photograph of a mystery grey-haired man ...It's more than en
Jun 20, 2016 Laure rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alors que j'apprécie assez l'ambiance et les personnages, notamment l'adjoint de Morse, un type assez naïf, et finalement intuitif, beaucoup plus que ce que ne le laisse penser l'ego démesuré de Morse, l'intrigue m'a pourtant plantée sur le bas-côté. Quelques morts dans un quartier anglais, un maître-chanteur, des candidats au poste de doyen d'une université prestigieuse, les éléments étaient pourtant réunis pour passer un moment agréable, mais impossible d'entrer dans l'histoire. Le rythme est ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Morse is at his cranky, cantankerous best in this book. The ever-patient Lewis is Morse's long suffering side kick. In this story a woman is shot and killed through her kitchen door window. It seems random, but the story involving the politics of choosing a new Master at a local college ensues. When the murdered woman's neighbor, a local reporter, is also murdered, things get more complicated. Morse is famous for jumping to conclusions and expounding unlikely theories each time a new c ...more
Isca Silurum
Dec 29, 2010 Isca Silurum rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My god I thought I was pompous and pretentious!

That said I read it, but do feel TV series had much to do with that.
Jul 15, 2012 Margie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, u-k
My first foray into the Inspector Morse series. I enjoyed it very much. Good use of red herrings.
Brian Oldham
Jan 17, 2012 Brian Oldham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovable. Well written. We learn Morse's first name. What a wonderful way to spend time
Sep 17, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been enjoying reruns of the Inspector Morse series on PBS, so I thought I'd read the books. This one is the twelfth of Colin Morse's series, and I also read the previous one. The parts of the books that have been used for the series seem to be taken and rearranged to make different stories on TV. Interesting. The book's blurb raves about the books being better than TV because they let you know Morse so much more deeply. Not really, there were just more examples of his personality in the ver ...more
Dec 30, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
One of my favourite ever Morse novels, and that's saying something, from 1998.
Brenda Dickenson
Why and how did this murder happen? I'm enjoying reading this series !!

We are given so many choices. There are characters abounding and motives that seem elusive, and then motives abound, but suspects dying! As usual Colin Dexter has delivered us a who-done-it that leaves us wanting to read more. Chief Inspector Morse is dealing with his health that sidelines him for a few days, while Lewis is running around collecting all the evidence. Lewis shines and is finally told so by Morse. The Inspector
Philip Benge
Mar 28, 2013 Philip Benge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the very best detective writers.
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This review is from: Death Is Now My Neighbor (Inspector Morse)
Colin Dexter has never let me down. Inspector Morse and Lewis are a team again ...perhaps a bit trying on Lewis's patience. None the less they are together as they attempt to come to grips with the murder of Rachel, a young woman, living alone. But was Rachel James actually the intended victim? Alone at night looking through the back window with both Rachel and her next door neig
Jill Holmes
Apr 22, 2013 Jill Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery-writing above all other types seems to require an understanding of human nature and behaviour down to the most disgusting and devious of details. When murder occurs in the classic, elegant City of Oxford amongst the academics the City, the University of Oxford and its colleges, and the far wider world place on high but unmerited pedestals, the contrast is great visually (even in the mind's eye) and viscerally. Colin Dexter knows Oxford from its great traditions to its pubs and roundabout ...more
Aug 06, 2008 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
The mystery part of this story was pretty good - the kind where you can pretty much figure out who did it but it's trickier to figure out how it was done. I really like Dexter's narrative style, how he occasionally speaks almost directly to the reader as an aside. It's a difficult thing to pull off without becoming condescending, but Dexter manages it well and with humor.

The character of Inspector Morse is what really drives the story, and it is a shame because I really don't like Morse all tha
Linton Lewis
Aug 27, 2014 Linton Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colin Dexter DEATH IS NOW MY NEIGHBOR AUDIO 1996 **** Immaculately read by Terrence Hardiman

Slip into a bit of real upper class educated England presented by Mr Dexter and read by Mr Hardiman. The characters and their by-play enhances the solving of the two murders in this classical "whodunit." The convoluted investigation requires the full force of Inspector Morse's generous intellect. Colin Dexter proves to be a tremendous force in the art of writing Crime Fiction.
Matt Jones
It's all getting a bit samey now - adultery, jealousy, Morse being considered loveable even though he's thoroughly objectionable (if brilliant and nice occasionally!), Morse being irresistible to women, lots of intellectuals showing off their grammar which is really Dexter showing off his.

That said, it's a cracking read - pacy, intricate, clever, absorbing. Not a wholly satisfying or convincing end, for once, but a decent book overall.
Mar 22, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third Morse mystery. I just like the Oxford setting, the banter between Morse and Lewis, getting to know more of their life stories. Morse' method of fitting the murder together like the crossword puzzles he quickly solves entertains. The novel is #12 of 13 and Morse health is catching up with him. At the end of the book, he sends a postcard from Bath with his (until this time) first name.
Think I'll read another in the near future.
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Norman Colin Dexter, OBE (born 29 September 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire) is an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novels.

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