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The Secret of Annexe 3 (Inspector Morse #7)

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"Morse sought to hide his two-fold disappointment... So many people at the Haworth Hotel that fatal evening had been wearing some sort of disguise - a change of dress, a change of make-up, a change of attitude, a change of partner, a change of life almost; and the man who had died had been the most consummate artist of them all."

For the New Year's party celebration, hardl
Published (first published 1986)
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James Thane
A New Year's Eve costume ball at an Oxford hotel ends unhappily when the grand prize winner is found murdered in his bed in the hotel annex the next day. Complicating matters is the fact that most of the guests and the staff as well imbibed rather heavily at the party and their memories of the evening aren't all that an investigator might wish. And further complicating matters is that the other five guests who were staying in the hotel annex, including the victim's wife, have all fled the scene, ...more
The Secret of Annexe 3 is the seventh book in Colin Dexter’s “Inspector Morse” series. We are now at the midpoint of the series, and Morse is firmly fixed in his irascible curmudgeon role. He is now 54. One minor character says he is “distinctly brusque and hostile” on her first encounter with him. Another describes him as,

“disturbingly strange, this man with the hard-staring, startling eyes - eyes that reminded her of the more fanatical politicians… that seem uncommunicative or unseeing, eyes

Read by................... Michael Pennington
Total Runtime.......... 6 hours 42 mins

Description: 'Morse sought to hide his disappointment. So many people in the Haworth Hotel that fatal evening had been wearing some sort of disguise - a change of dress, a change of make-up, a change of partner, a change of attitude, a change of life almost: and the man who had died had been the most consummate artist of them all...' Chief inspector Morse seldom allowed himself to be caught up in New Year celebra
Jill Hutchinson
This is a short book in the continuing Morse series (#7) and I wasn't particularly impressed. I usually am entranced by the characters, plots, and general atmosphere of the Morse books but for some reason this book didn't seem to be up to the usual standards set by Dexter. Lots of incidental characters and a rather convoluted plot that really doesn't go anywhere. The ending is less than satisfactory and is certainly far-fetched with too many coincidences in my opinion. But this series is so good ...more
This was nice to read after a gap of fourteen months after Inspector Morse's previous book.
Morse's character progresses a bit in this one. ... which was interesting. :)

The story by itself was also very good indeed.
Now, onward to Book 8, in a few months. :)
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not an easy book to rate. On the one hand, Dexter is very good at describing details, and his humor is evident from the start. On the other hand, he gets too arrogant for his britches. I got the impression there isn't a huge amount of difference between Dexter, the author, and Morse, his sometimes insufferable detective. In any event, this is not a straightforward mystery. There's lots of deviations from the plot that don't come off as red herrings so much as devices merely to confuse th ...more
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm on a Colin Dexter jag at the moment, thanks to a generous gift of an entire box of Dexters and PD James....
I love the TV Morse series, but, Dexter's books are rich in vocabulary, interesting observations, and quotes from the Classics.
Dexter is not like Christie. You pretty much know who did it from the's the slow unravelling of how, why..and Morse's thinking that winds you into the story.

Yes, I'm a die-hard mystery lover; it is my brain-candy. and Colin Dexter is endlessly satis
Susan Johnson
Inspector Morse is finally starting to grow more likable. He is not as bumbling as in his earlier books and not quite as lecherous. He does make a date with one of the witnesses and you would really hate him to go cold turkey. The murder takes place at a hotel's New Year Eve's Eve party. While the story is middling, Lewis and Morse's relationship makes the book enjoyable.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, british
Although I found this mostly enjoyable, the solution was pretty convoluted. I need to mull it over...
Reading Challenge, Week 51: a book based on or turned into a TV show.

I enjoyed this more than the last Morse book I read. Found it a lot easier to follow what was going on.

Felt like I was reading it at the right time of year as it features a New Year party.

Felt like this was a fairly quick read.

Didn't hide too much from the reader so I could try solving the crime too.

There wasn't the usual high body count which you get in a Morse book. Don't remember seeing the TV adaptation.
Dane Cobain
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To a certain extent, you know what you’re getting with a Colin Dexter book. Here, we follow Inspector Morse as he investigates a murder that took place on New Year’s Eve at a hotel. The hotel had recently undergone some redevelopment, and so some of the guests were staying in a small annexe off to the side of it. Morse is tasked with finding out what happened inside the titular third annexe, and rest assured that there are plenty of twists and turns along the way.

The characters are good enough,
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-england
I've been reading an occasional Colin Dexter re-release, and this one especially makes me feel a little uncomfortable. The cumulative effect of his books is a shade misogynistic. Of course, we all know that Morse is a delicate genius, but the women in these books tend to be hard, unexpectedly coarse, totally under the influence of often brutal men...At any rate, the body found after the New Year's gala is unidentified, so the first task is finding out which of the happy couples at the revelry ar ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series, and this entry is no exception. The plots are complicated and twisting, filled with red herrings and (often several) false solutions. The real draw for me in the series, however, is the beautifully written main characters: the exceedingly literate Oxford-educated, opera-loving, crossword-solving Chief Inspector Morse, and his salt-of-the-earth, long suffering Sergeant Lewis.
May 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first Dexter book with low rating. Beginning was dragging and very tedious. For more than half part of book Dexter kept beating around the bush; tedious details of surroundings, hotel rooms etc. It seemed Dexter did not have much to write so kept writing about everything else except the things that needed to move the story forward. the weakest book in series so far!
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
After seeing almost all of the Inspector Morse series on television, I decided to try reading my first Colin Dexter book; online reviews were fairly negative, but I decided to risk it. They were right. Morse was more openly lecherous, Lewis bore almost no resemblance to Kevin Whately's sidekick at all, and the plot ... yeah, I'd say "lame" fits.
Pino Sabatelli
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sellerio ci propone la settima indagine del commissario capo Morse e del fido sergente Lewis in cui troviamo la solita eleganza anglosassone, la solita spruzzata di humour, il solito paio di cantonate prima di far imboccare all’inchiesta la giusta direzione. Insomma la solita godibilissima miscela che rende Dexter un maestro del giallo deduttivo classico e quello con i suoi libri un appuntamento assolutamente imperdibile per chi, come me, è ormai diventato un fan accanito dell’affiatato duo oxon ...more
It was a rather enjoyable read most of it (although I didn't realise from the TV-shows that Morse was such a prick) but the ending was quite unsatisfactory. Fairly far-fetched and even more far-fetched that Morse would pick up on it. I'll probably read more Colin Dexter books if they come my way but I don't think I'll be particularly chasing them.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hm. There's a lot of 'as they were to find out' referencing ahead going on at the beginning of this book, which I'm not a fan of. Morse is still rude and unlikeable, Lewis is still civil, and the plot is a little dense. What also annoys me is the patriarchal sexism. I think I've seen enough of Morse.
P B Starling
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The secret of Annexe 3

Colin Dexter yet again has written a fantastic book. Totally enjoyed reading the last 7 books 📚 of Inspector Morse look forward to reading the next book in the series
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My favorite so far. A little muddled at the end about the two people that murdered the husband, did they get away? I enjoyed the intrigue and how the couple who killed the husband were ahead of the police at every step of the way.
Hilary Walker
Not a story I recognised from TV - I had to concentrate on the ending to work out the suspects.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Costume party murder. Mystery/Inpector Morse/murder solved.
Panu Mäkinen
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policeprocedural
Laatudekkari 1980-luvulta.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Due to the flu a rather short review...

The Secret of Annexe 13 is an Inspector Morse mystery involving a private hotel hosting a special holiday event complete with masquerade party. The guests were mainly staying in the new annexe, hence the title, and of course one of them winds up dead after the party. The guests have various secrets, including infidelity and false identities, that leave Morse and Lewis, his sidekick, following trails and piecing together what really happened and who did it.
THE SECRET OF ANNEXE 3 by Colin Dexter is the seventh instalment in the Inspector Morse series of crime novels. Morse is called from his recess to investigate the murder of a man dressed up as a Rastafarian in the Haworth Hotel. The hotel hosting its annual New Year���s fancy dress ball had guests dressed up in one form or the other, with the murder victim dressing up like a Rastafari. No sooner does Morse start looking into the case, than he is hounded by the fact that most of the guests, who c ...more

The Secret of Annexe 3 (Inspector Morse)

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I am a huge fan of Inspector Morse & Lewis or should I say Colin Dexter.

Why are you such a huge fan of this series you may ask?

...because the author has me involved from the first page on and it is no different in this entry, "The Secret of Annexe 3".

John Binyan, the proprieter at Haworth Hotel is planning a gala event to include a costume part
Maria Thermann
My least favourite of the Inspector Morse murder mysteries, The Secret of Annexe 3 takes place at New Year. The body of a murdered man is found in the annexe of the Haworth Hotel, an establishment that organises New Year's parties and 3-day breaks that have proven very popular with guests. One dead man dressed up as a rastafarian, however, is less than impressed, despite winning the best costumed guest competition the night before his untimely demise.

In a hotel where nobody seems to have given
An Odd1
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Bowman finds a letter incriminating his wife Margaret for adultery. Inspector Morse must connect him to the body of a
Rastaferian-costumed first place winner killed in a hotel annexe
(addition) after a New Year masquerade. He won first prize, and
left black actor grease-paint prints on ladies' light colored clothes.

If boyfriend Edward Wilkin's pub audience gave him an alibi, how could his Rastafarian band-mate Winston Grant be at the scene either? Eating little, Muslim avoiding pork, is n
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli
Sembra quasi che con il passare degli anni l'ispettore capo si sia deciso a scambiare qualche muso lungo e grugnito con un buon numero di battute argute e addirittura qualche guizzo allegro; che riesca persino a trovarsi entro fine carriera una compagna che sappia tenergli testa? Certo è che di cantonate continua regolarmente a prenderne, seguendo un filo narrativo che appare ormai quasi prevedibile. C'è però una novità: stavolta, per la prima metà del libro, Morse e Lewis sono praticamente tras ...more
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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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