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The Dead of Jericho (Inspector Morse #5)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  2,905 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
"[MORSE IS] THE MOST PRICKLY, CONCEITED, AND GENUINELY BRILLIANT DETECTIVE SINCE HERCULE POIROT".--The New York Times Book Review

He meets her at a suburban party. They share a flirtation over their red wine . . . and he doesn't see her again. It's the old familiar story for Morse. Then one day he just happens to be in Jericho, where Anne Scott lives. Nobody's home--and Mor
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 28th 1996 by Ivy Books (first published 1981)
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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
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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
Jaksen
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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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Emilia Barnes
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Penny
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Ellen
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing




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 ye
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Poornima
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
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Charlotte (Buried in Books)
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
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jennifer
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Margaret
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 onl ...more
Kin
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
British sense of humour.In ogni pagina (anche brava la traduttrice).Questo vecchio signore (nato nel 1930) gioca con noi ed un po' ci prende in giro. Una cosa sola da dire dei suoi polizieschi:eccezionali.
Jill Holmes
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dane Cobain
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Rob Smith
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Yngvild
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, detective
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
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AngryGreyCat
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
Aoife
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
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Ruthiella
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Leslie
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
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Lyn Elliott
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Vanessa
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The mood of this is melancholy. Morse leads a life of missed opportunities, as does Ann Scott, the first to die in this novel. But Dexter doesn't wallow in pity. He writes about Scott with compassion, and about Morse in the tolerant way men talk about their lifelong friends. It's clever and rich with many strands of plot.
Laura
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non delude, Morse è sempre il solito, molto umano, con tanti difetti, ma un investigatore coi fiocchi. E' davvero bello leggere un poliziesco così lontano dal filone 'polizia scientifica' che impazza negli ultimi anni alla tv, un giallo tutto giocato sui vizi umani, debolezze, virtù, di vittime, colpevoli, ed investigatori.
Colin Mitchell
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Another love interest for Chief Inspector Morse which leads him into a case being investigated by the City Police. It moves along well with some interesting descriptive details of Oxford. Inevitably there is a Morse theory that leads them off track. Murder, blackmail and womanising makes a good murder mystery. Is the Oedipus relevant?
Hank
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
a slightly above average Morse...although Lewis doesn't appear until halfway through.
Sarah
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was very different, with Morse connected but not actually *on* the case until midway through the book. Don't know that I like the solution but it was a good mystery and kept me guessing.
Patrick
A rare example of where the television adaptation is vastly better than the book. Although it didn't help that I sort of had John Thaw's Morse in my head all the way through.
Sean Keefe
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
These books are pretty much junk, aren't they? This one hardly features a crime for most of the first 2/3 and the "twist" is so lazy and obvious it's almost comedic when it's revealed. Still, these are an easy read and don't tax the gray matter. It's almost as though the author can't be bothered writing coherent plots for any of 'em and just settles on a character to be the killer near the end so he can wrap it up and go the pub.
I'd recommend John Thaw's tv Morse, though.
Riju Ganguly
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably the most poignant, tragic, unsatisfactory, and yet utterly overwhelming mystery that I have read: that's the way I would like to express my thoughts regarding this novel.
Why?
To understand my explanations, you have to read the book, I'm afraid.
And once YOU have read it, I'm sure that you would have your own views regarding the infuriating yet lost persona of Inspector Morse, and how everything & everybody whom he loves, crosses the Rubicon that he can't cross, yet.
Recommended.
Gillian
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the best in the series.

A map of the area Jericho is included at the start which, however,,does not show the location of Canal Reach, where most of the action takes place. Nor do we know the relation with the other streets that are mentioned several times. In other words, what is the point of the map?

Lots of secrets and suspense. Morse misses some fairly obvious clues at first, as the txt makes clear.
Peter Burton
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good.I like his humane understanding of people's problems and his caring outlook.lovely interaction with Lewis too,seen so well on the TV shows.I intend to see the DVD of this story to see how they compare.
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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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“Walters looked quizzically at Morse, who sat reading one of the glossy 'porno' magazines he had brought from upstairs.

"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.”
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