The Way Through The Woods (Inspector Morse #10)
"There once was a way through the woods
Before they planted the trees"
is taken from a poem by Rudyard Kipling. In the novel Colin Dexter continues his predilection for starting each chapter with a quotation. They are not all from literary sources, however. They can be taken from anywhere, as long as the auth...more
Colin Dexter’s novel is held together by a mysterious poem that is sent anonymously to the Times, presumably by the killer of a backpacking Swedish student. Morse’s devious mind unravels the clues in the poem one by one – wi...more
This is probably the best Morse I've read so far. It has nice twists and turns. Also Morse listens to Dinu Lipatti at the end. Surely this is the only novel ever published in which someone listens to Dinu Lipatti - one of the greatest pianists of all time, yet hardly a household name.
But this book also had him say a few of the most cringeworthy sexist and rape-apologet...more
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: The Way Through the Woods (Inspector Morse) (Mass Market Paperback)
"The Way Through the Woods"
I have been spoiled rotten by Colin Dexter or shall I say Inspector Morse. This, my 3rd in this series (although not in order) is no exception. The strange but certain comraderie between Inspector Morse and Lewis is delightful. This particular mystery does not end at all the way it...more
Quietly, rather movingly, Strange was making his plea: 'Christ knows why, Lewis, but Morse will always put himself out for you.' As he put the phone down, Lewis knew that Strange had been right . . . in the case of the Swedish Maiden, the pair of them were in business again . . . They called her the Swedish Maiden ' the beautiful young tourist who disappeared on a hot summer's day somewhere in North Oxford. Twelve months later the case remained unsolved ' pending further developments. On
This one begins with Morse on vacation when a poem is published about a woman who disappeared near Oxford the previous year. Newspaper readers begin the tease apart the poems clues. When he gets back on the job, the dormant investigation is on ag...more
Docked a few points because the reasoning of the murderer after the act is so stupid as to be unbelievable.
Lots of dry English humor.
"Morse may be an idiot, you're right. But he's never been a fool. Let's get that straight!!"
"Some people are occasionally right for the wrong reasons. But Morse? He's more often than not wrong for the right reasons." -C...more
After finishing that gruesome Mo Hayder book I decided to pick up my first Inspector Morse remembering that my mother had really enjoyed these books. And it was the PERFECT cup of tea to soothe me right back into the joys of a good British mystery.
Yes, I have fallen head-over-heels in love with dear Morse and have already ordered the first two omnibuses of Dexter's books from...more
This story was a bit heavier on the sex, alcohol and violence than I typically like (I'm more of a "cozy mystery" fan), but it was a fascinating tale and I enjoyed the English setting. The story was fai...more
Nevertheless it was not difficult to catch on to the quirks and tics of the protagonists; it helps immensely that Morse is something of a pastiche of cliched Detective Inspector quirks, or possible helped set the mold.
Drives a Jaguar recklessly, check
Is irresistible to beautiful women, check
Is a borderline sociopath with an intuitive grasp of crime, check
From August 2009: My second Inspector Morse, and a good one. Dexter leads us through a number of twists and turns around the Swedish Maiden but ties it all up almost believably.
The quotations that o...more
But in the end is it a murder...more
A must read for mystery fans who enjoy vivid characters and...more
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...more