The Dead of Jericho
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A few months later, M ...more
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 ...more
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
Inspector Morse No.9: 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This was my first Inspector Morse and I like him. He's a grumpy, snapping alco ...more
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 ...more
In this book, Morse and Lewis get up to their usual tricks, investigating a murder in Oxford. Mor ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Apart from that the puzzle was again amazing. You always get me with classi ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 sitting at the kitchen table with nothing else to do, a ...more
Other books in the series
"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.”