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The Dead of Jericho

(Inspector Morse #5)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,865 ratings  ·  168 reviews

The Dead of Jericho is Colin Dexter's fifth outing featuring the popular detective, Inspector Morse.

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 smarte

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Published (first published 1981)
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May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been meaning to read this book for a long time and I am so satisfied now that I finally did. What a story! What characters!

This is the fifth book in the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter, but you can read it as a standalone novel.

Our protagonist, Inspector Morse meets a young, attractive woman, Anne Scott at a party and gets attracted to her. Anne also reciprocates, but before things could move forward, Morse gets called off for a murder investigation. Some time passes by and driven
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been meaning to read some Morse for a while, the character is ingrained in British culture main because of the brilliant portrayal by John Thaw.
So it was quite ironic that my first Morse novel and oddly the first to be adapted for TV.

When Morse meets Anne Scott at a party he is instantly attracted to her, so it’s unfortunate that he is called away on a murder case - at least their was time for her to give him a contact address.
6 months later on a whim Morse decides to stop by, but I’d unabl
Bionic 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
James Thane
Jericho is a down-at-the-heels residential area of Oxford, England. One night at a party, Chief Inspector Morse of the Oxford Homicide Division meets an attractive resident of Jericho named Anne Scott. There's clearly some chemistry between the two of them, but before anything can happen that night, Morse is called away to a murder investigation. Anne gives him her address and he thinks of her from time to time, but she's a married woman, and so he decides not to pursue her.

A few months later, M
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I give this book three stars, but just barely.

First off, Inspector Morse, the MC and so-called problem-solver genius in this book cannot even come close to comparing with four of my favorite investigators:

Reginald Wexford, in the series by Ruth Rendell, is honest, scrupulous, sometimes overbearing but always polite and respectful to his subordinates. Inspector Morse isn’t.

Richard Jury, in the Martha Grimes series, is smart, sharp, urbane and well-educated. He can quote the classics at the
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Inspector Morse No.9
The fifth Inspector Morse 'mystery'… second time I've read this… and will most definitely be the last a pretty average mystery, nothing better found on the second read. 4 out of 12
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: My very first ever Colin Dexter read and it turns out to be this nicely structured and highly readable Inspector Morse tale - A suicide in Jericho, Oxford turns out to be lot more, which we may or may not find ou
Emilia Barnes
It's the first Morse novel for me, and at first I was a little taken aback by the rapid progression of events, but once I embraced it it had all the twists and turns and mistaken identities and illicit relationships and gossip and rumours one could possibly wish from an English mystery novel. I took it with me on holiday, and it was pretty much the perfect read for those circumstances.

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
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-read
DI Morse, as depicted by John Thaw in the '90s series, was a little too sour for my liking, but I watched many nonetheless because they were well designed and charactered, as well as nicely set. I recently treated myself to the entire Endeavour series, with the excellent Shaun Evans and Roger Allam (who makes an appearance in an early Morse episode), and thought them infinitely better, with perhaps only a couple of episodes not entirely absorbing. The characterisation of this latter series was s ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-crime
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
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Dead of Jericho" is the fifth novel in Colin Dexter’s Oxford-set detective series and was the first of a highly successful series of television adaptations of the novels.
Shabbeer Hassan
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, mystery, brit-lit
In the fifth novel within the Inspector Morse series, and (surprisingly) first one to be televised , we have Morse with his steely blue eyes and a mind of muddling, pondering genius, investigating the rather sordid death of a woman in the shambling neighbourhood of Jericho. We see that this is the same woman, who had once strung the chords of our forever lonesome Morse, but the day he decides to visit her, he finds her dead. Then begins, a cat and mouse game, with false leads aplenty amongst Mor ...more
Jill Holmes
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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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
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 only re ...more
Bev Taylor
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
morse meets anne scott at a party. he is attracted by her but then realises she is married.

6 months later he turns up at her address on a whim - ok, a sexual urge! the door is unlocked and he sees a jacket folded on the banisters. he leaves

that evening her body is found hanging in the kitchen - suicide or murder?

some things do not add up and morse is not initially involved in the investigation. then he is assigned it many weeks later but by then another body has turned up and a boy connected
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book # 5 reads like a crossword puzzle with multiple clues across, down and dead ending. But since this is Inspector Morris' favorite pass time, he is collecting the smallest of details while he ignores the obvious clues in the death of Anne Scott, unless he discovered the evidence himself. Thankfully Sergeant Lewis remains calm, steady and sober even when Morris gets frustrated, angry, and curmudgeonly over his impatience of not solving the crime fast enough. However, Morris knows himself and i ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfectly fine mystery.
Beth Withers
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue my Inspector Morse reading. This is #5. It's as good as ever.
John Wood
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Dane Cobain
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve ever read a Colin Dexter book before then you should already know what to expect here. Dexter is a competent crime writer, and Inspector Morse has gone down in history as one of literature’s great detectives. I’m not convinced that he’s on a par with Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, but he is still a lot of fun to read. Especially if you’re working on a crime novel of your own, like I am.

In this book, Morse and Lewis get up to their usual tricks, investigating a murder in Oxford. Mor
Rob Smith, Jr.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
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
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, mystery
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
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Dead of Jericho last night, book 5 in Colin Dexter’s Morse series. I love Morse, as bull headed and antagonistic, as he is, there is just something about him that I really enjoy in these books. The Jericho in the title refers to an area of Oxford, in which the murder(s) takes place. Morse finds himself somewhat personally involved with this murder investigation because he knew the victim and had in fact been recently to the house. Morse walks a delicate line trying to solve the case w ...more
Eva Müller
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
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
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, british
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
Lyn Elliott
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The tropes that make a character like Morse familiar in a television series (forcing Lewis to pay for rounds of drinks, drinking itself, failure to pick up on potential relationships) feel tired in this, only the fifth in the series of Dexter's Morse novels.
And the missed opportunities are pointed out so often that you can only wonder how Morse manages to retain his reputation for brilliance, especially given his diet of beer and whisky.
Two and a half stars, rounded up to three.
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