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Service of All the Dead (Inspector Morse #4)

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This time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself. He could have been vacationing in Greece instead of investigating a murder that the police have long since written off. But he finds the crime--the brutal killing of a suburban churchwar
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Published December 1st 1997 by Chivers Word for Word Audio Books (first published 1979)
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If you have never read an "Inspector Morse" novel, then this one might be a good one to start with. Service of all the Dead is the fourth novel in the series, written in 1979. Colin Dexter now seems much more comfortable with his creations. The quality of writing is vastly improved too, and the plot is devious and nicely worked. (view spoiler)

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James Thane
Chief Inspector Morse of the Oxford Homicide Division is supposed to be on vacation and he's thinking about a trip to the Greek Isles. But then he stumbles onto a pair of mysterious deaths at a church in another division nearby. The local officials have already written off the deaths as a murder followed by the suicide of the perpetrator. They've closed the books on both deaths, but something seems odd to Morse and so he begins digging into the situation, even though he's on vacation and even th ...more
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Description: This time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself. He could have been vacationing in Greece instead of investigating a murder that the police have long since written off. But he finds the crime--the brutal killing of a suburban churchwarden--fascinating. In fact, he uncovers not one murder but two, for the fatal fall of St. Frideswides vicar from the church tower Morse reckons to b
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I'm a huge British mystery fan, I can't help it, it's a joy I cant escape in any format book, TV, or movie. Inspector Morse is my all time favorite TV show, and for some reason I had not read through the novels before. This book is superb. I thought I knew what was happening from the first season episode of the same name from 1987, but Mr. Dexter weaves a much more complicated tale, and had me doubting whether the book and the episode would match up in the end.

If you like mysteries of any sort,
One of the better books in this series so far. The plot revolved around a congregation of a high Anglican church and perhaps was a bit extreme but it was enjoyable reading how Morse was able to solve the various crimes.
Peter Castine
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunnit
Redeeming factors: competently, at times even engagingly written; reasonably complex plot (although the main "surprise" is a common enough twist in whodunnits that I was considering it from fairly early on); and a nice touch in that Morse doesn't get everything right, not even at the end. That may be enough to get many readers through the book, perhaps even with considerable pleasure. (Dexter also gets an extra quarter star for using Oxford spelling and commas, and for having the protagonist ins ...more
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli
In attesa che la Sellerio le ripubblichi tutte, Luca ha comperato da una signora siciliana un'indagine del mitico Morse (in realtà due, l'altra è in coda di lettura) con lo sfondo di una Oxford campagnola - una in cui si legge, per dire, della donna che va a fare le pulizie in chiesa in bicicletta e delle case con la porta laccata di blu e il vialetto costeggiato da erbacce. Mai, nemmeno in una pagina, c'è caduta di interesse e anche se si fatica ad intuire l'assassino - o meglio, non lo si capi ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback, crime
As usual I don't think Dexter gives the reader enough information to be able to solve the case themselves.

Quite a complicated case with the question of whether the body identified as Rev. Lawson was actually him.

The bodies seemed to mount up really quickly, it was like Midsomer Murders!

Liked the story, even though I couldn't really solve it myself. Got through it quite quickly.

Think I might have seen the TV adaptation of this one; looking forward to watching them all at some point.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-crime
The fourth Morse book.

I did not enjoy this as much as some of the others as I found the plot so convoluted that I had to keep stopping to remind myself who was doing what, where and why!!!!

Even when I finished I could not have repeated the actual plot to someone else!

However, Morse is his usual irascible self and much of the plot is interesting if fiendishly difficult to follow (maybe its just me!!)
Anna Rossi
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un labirinto di parole e situazioni, ad ogni angolo svoltato si crede di aver in pugno la soluzione per vederla invece sfumare in un'ulteriore ipotesi o traccia.
Intricato fino alla fine, come solo un complesso labirinto sa essere, non delude e il percorso da compiere per arrivare alla risoluzione finale è leggero e piacevole.
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Norman Colin Dexter was 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 sitting at the kitchen table with nothing else to do, a
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