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The Dead of Jericho (Inspector Morse #5)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,053 ratings  ·  63 reviews
"[MORSE IS] THE MOST PRICKLY, CONCEITED, AND GENUINELY BRILLIANT DETECTIVE SINCE HERCULE POIROT".--The New York Times Book Review

He meets her at a suburban party. They share a flirtation over their red wine . . . and he doesn't see her again. It's the old familiar story for Morse. Then one day he just happens to be in Jericho, where Anne Scott lives. Nobody's home--and Mor
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Paperback, 290 pages
Published December 28th 1996 by Ivy Books (first published 1981)
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Jean
Although The Dead of Jericho is the fifth novel in Colin Dexter's "Inspector Morse" series, published in 1981, it was interestingly the first one to be dramatised for television in 1986. The rest, as they say, is history. The characters of Morse and Lewis are now solidly defined and sparring against each other nicely. John Thaw made the role of Morse very much his own, and it must have been impossible for Dexter to forget Thaw's idiosyncratic depiction in subsequent novels, so that the TV adapta ...more
Penny
Morse number 5.

This is a solid offering from Dexter. Morse is descending further into grumpiness and alcohol while Lewis is putting up with him and not getting much of the credit.

The plot follows a suicide and a murder. Neither are straightforward and Morse ends up following false leads here and there as usual.

I'm finding the characters of Morse and Lewis are rounding out nicely and appear almost verbal - you can 'hear' them speaking at times - my problem is beginning to be around the resolutio
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Ellen




Oedipus-a Greek tragedy or a red herring!, January 16, 2013


This review is from: Dead of Jericho (Inspector Morse Mysteries)

How could I not continue reading Inspector Morse and call myself a mystery lover? Top notch writing. Top notch mystery definitely not for the shallow reader. Fantastic endings.

And so we come to "The dead Of Jericho". Yes, Inspector Morse is his familiar self. He continues to drink at the local pub with or without company and continues to fail miserably with women. And ye
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Poornima
3.5 stars

This is the fifth book of the series.

Anne Scott is found dead in Canal Street, Jericho. It’s initially not really Inspector Morse's case, but he is indirectly involved because he happens to have visited the scene of death. Morse having met Anne at a party, after lot of deliberation Morse decides to drop in on her – but walked into an apparently empty house. He returns again to Canal Street following the discovery of Anne’s suicide and starts poking around looking for answers. Canal Str
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jennifer
Inspector Morse meets an attractive woman at a party and his hopes are raised, but he quickly figures out that the woman is unavailable and so lets it go. A few months later he learns of her suicide and takes over the investigation, as he still wonders what might have been with this woman. Morse and Sergeant Lewis find that her death was far from a typical suicide and that her copy of Oedipus was very important to her.

This was my first Inspector Morse and I like him. He's a grumpy, snapping alco
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Rob Smith
This is the third in the Inspector Morse series I've read and continue to like the series more and more. It was just a couple of months ago that I happened to come across most of the Morse series at a used book store and took a gamble and picked them up. I'm so glad I did.

This one has the many layers that the other books do of what seems like a simple story. As Inspector Morse gets on the trail, and soon to be many trails, to solve the mystery he finds deadends, misdirections and so much more th
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Leslie
In this 5th book of the Inspector Morse series, Morse has finally matured into the character I remember and liked so well in the PBS/BBC series. Morse is still capable of being obstinately wrong, but he is quicker to explore other possibilities and to recognize Lewis's worth.

As for the plot, although it contained plenty of twists, it never seemed convoluted or obscure the way the plot of the previous book, Service of All the Dead, did. Dexter has hit his stride and I look forward to reading the
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Margaretta
The Dead of Jericho is a criminal novel written by Colin Dexter. It is happening in London, specifically in part of Jericho, somewhen in 20th century.

One evening, Chief Inspector Morse go to a pub and meets a woman, Ann, there and he falls in 'love' with her. After some talk, she gives him her address and he promises to visit her. After some months he finally finds courage to go meet her in her house in Jericho, but sadly no one is opening. Before he desperately leaves, he sees some suspicious
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Anirban Das
“He sighed and knew that life was full of ‘if only’ for everyone”

“Morse nodded too, as if he was also not unacquainted with the agonies of unrequited love”



Sometime back I was reading an interview of Colin Dexter, where he remarked that although he realises that authors like Ruth Rendell and P.D. James dwell more on the psychological side of a murder mystery, he, Dexter, personally likes more the twists and turns present in a whodunit. And, this is one of those very important reason for which I
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Jill Holmes
The ancient university city of Oxford, England, is not all spires, churches, and medieval colleges. The lower middle class live in less resplendent areas like Jericho, a small neighbourhood of mean streets and decaying homes between the canal and railway on one side and the massive complex of the Radcliffe Hospital and Oxford University Press on the other. At a otherwise boring cocktail party, Detective Chief Inspector Morse of the Thames Valley Police meets the fetching Anne Scott, a resident o ...more
Sara
Probabilmente, avendone già letto qualcuno, è naturale aspettarsi dai gialli di Dexter un colpo di scena dietro l'altro e un finale a sorpresa, ma questa volta si rischia di rimanere leggermente insoddisfatti. Morse prende lucciole per lanterne come di consueto, ma nel fattaccio di Jericho la verità si svela dopo poche pagine e non è che cambi granchè, rispetto alle sbagliate supposizioni iniziali. Che sia stato l'uno o l'altro a compiere i delitti poco importa, sempre di quei due o tre si tratt ...more
Alex Kent
I have enjoyed "Detective Morse" TV shows for years. Noticing that the episodes were inspired by characters created by Colin Dexter, I looked into Colin's work. What I got my hands on first was an Oxford Bookworm reader. I haven't seen on e of these since grade school (I schooled in England). The 102 page story read more like a screenplay sketch or an idea for a play. There was a list of the characters and who they are, listed before you start chapter one.

The writing style is a bit stilted and m
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Hal
One of the weaker entries in this series.

The ending is preposterously unbelievable. The chapter endings so pretentious. And his clumsy attempt to show off his erudition by drawing parallels to a well known Greek myth left me cold.

I think that in recent decades if an author is well known and his or her books are commercial successful, publishers are loathe to edit them. This is sad, both for readers and, ultimately, writers whose reputations are posthumously damaged.
John
I was in the mood for something light and frothy, and also for something I could read quickly while waiting for a couple of library books to come in. Rereading a couple of Inspector Morse novels seemed to fit the bill, if you can forgive me for calling murder mysteries "light and frothy." These stories aren't really about the murders, they are about Inspector Morse -- quirky, rude, crude, insensitive, brilliant yet prone toward jumping to unwarranted conclusions. I suspect he is the only chief i ...more
Cait
Found the way that Morse became involved a bit contrived, doubt whether he'd really be allowed to investigate it if he'd known the woman and behaved as he did.

Remembered bits of it from the TV series but couldn't remember how it ended.

Kind of tricky to solve on your own, found it difficult to keep track of what was going on. Liked the map.
incipit mania
Incipit

Non particolarmente bella, pensò. Sempre che si possa misurare la bellezza di una donna in base a un parametro oggettivo.....
L'ispettore Morse e le morti di Jericho incipitmania.com
Colin Mitchell
Another love interest for Chief Inspector Morse which leads him into a case being investigated by the City Police. It moves along well with some interesting descriptive details of Oxford. Inevitably there is a Morse theory that leads them off track. Murder, blackmail and womanising makes a good murder mystery. Is the Oedipus relevant?
Yngvild
I confess, the title of The Dead of Jericho is what lures me back to this favourite Colin Dexter novel. Of course, it is a murder mystery, but the Morse books are never primarily about the plot.

Jericho, in the book, is an older Oxford neighbourhood of row houses slightly off the main thoroughfare and now home to a mix of elderly, working poor, and artsy young. To respectable people like Chief Inspector Morse, Jericho is apparently a place where they can be anonymous; not exactly slumming, but ce
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The Murderist
The Good: I absolutely loved the characters of Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis. Dexter does a good job of demonstrating how his detectives' very human mistakes can both thwart their efforts and lead to inspirations and breakthroughs. Dexter is very handy with the English language.

The Bad: This was a very tough book to rate.
Structure was a big problem in this novel; while the supporting characters were well drawn, their scenes were far less compelling than those of the protagonists. The myster
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Laura
Non delude, Morse è sempre il solito, molto umano, con tanti difetti, ma un investigatore coi fiocchi. E' davvero bello leggere un poliziesco così lontano dal filone 'polizia scientifica' che impazza negli ultimi anni alla tv, un giallo tutto giocato sui vizi umani, debolezze, virtù, di vittime, colpevoli, ed investigatori.
Aoife
I really liked the development of the relationship between Morse and Lewis in this book. There were already a few paragraphs in the earlier books but it was never that much. Here we finally get a bit more. A lot of it is shouting at the other (Morse) or secretly wishing the other in hell (Lewis) but there are also some really touching scenes where they (in private) acknowledge that they do like and care about each other.

Apart from that the puzzle was again amazing. You always get me with classi
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Carole
I recently checked into The Randolph Hotel in Oxford, England, which is often the setting for a series of mystery books by local author, Colin Dexter. So I bought a book to read while I was there. The plot was well developed, but the protagonist, Inspector Morse, is a real man's detective, and I didn't enjoy all the references to pornography and drunken binges.

On a bus trip back to Oxford from Blenham Palace I had noticed a street sign for Squitchey Street and vowed to remember the name. It was
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Marti
I hope to get around to reading all the Inspector Morse novels, and am sorry that Colin Dexter decided to have them come to an end.

The book group of which I am a member is reading a Inspector Morse novel for our March meeting, but not the same one. What we will be discussing is his character, as it is portrayed in each of the books. If he could show up, we would all be wanting to ask him questions such as: why did you never marry? What would your ideal woman be like?

Probably characteristics that
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Sarah
This was very different, with Morse connected but not actually *on* the case until midway through the book. Don't know that I like the solution but it was a good mystery and kept me guessing.
Margaret
I really enjoyed reading this. Ah, Inspector Morse - he's a little eccentric, sometimes a womanizer, he drinks too much & his crime-solving brilliance does not really endear him to the rest of the force - he's a great character. I loved it when he likened solving the mystery to doing a "paint-by-numbers" - you can't really see the big picture until some of the details are filled in. I didn't guess the twist at the end of the book, so it was a nice surprise. A well-written mystery - I had onl ...more
Hank
a slightly above average Morse...although Lewis doesn't appear until halfway through.
Vanessa
The mood of this is melancholy. Morse leads a life of missed opportunities, as does Ann Scott, the first to die in this novel. But Dexter doesn't wallow in pity. He writes about Scott with compassion, and about Morse in the tolerant way men talk about their lifelong friends. It's clever and rich with many strands of plot.
Joe Zivak
Príjemná detektívka, zručne napísaná a hlavný detektív Morse je správny čudák na správnom mieste.
Ruthiella
Oversexed and perennially unlucky in love, Inspector Morse meets a woman who actually (and surprisingly to me) wants to sleep with him…and he lets her slip through his fingers. Much to Morse’ regret, his next encounter with the lady is in a professional capacity, namely, a murder investigation; or was it a suicide? As usual, Morse, tries out a variety of hypotheses that fit some of the known facts until he finally lands on the right combination and solves the case. As always, the dogged (and ref ...more
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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.

He started writing mysteries in 1972 during a family holiday: "We were in a little guest house halfway between Caernarfon and Pwllheli. It was a Saturday and it was raining - it's not unknown for it to rain in North Wales. The children were moaning ... I was
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“Walters looked quizzically at Morse, who sat reading one of the glossy 'porno' magazines he had brought from upstairs.

"You still sex-mad, I see, Morse," said the surgeon.

"I don't seem to be able to shake it off, Max." Morse turned over a page. "And you don't improve much either, do you? You've been examining all our bloody corpses for donkey's years, and you still refuse to tell us when they died.”
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