person who gave the ride are to be found, and with no witnesses to the crime The murder in Woodstock becomes an enigma.
The case is handled by the eccentric Inspector Morse and the scrupulous Sergeant Lewis. The two work meticulously to uncover modicum clues and secrets and found out that the murder could have been committed by a perverted voyeur, a cheating husband, a depressed house wife or even by one of the staff at the office where she worked.
After hearing a lot about Inspector Morse and the writing prowess of Colin Dexter, I decided to give this one a try and I chose the first book in the series. There are in total 13 books in the Inspector Morse series and a very popular and successful TV show which its acolytes swear by.
How did I find the book?
Not as good as the hype. Critics have called it the rebirth of the English Detective. I can't help but I have to disagree. Don't get me wrong the book is very eloquently written, the identity of the murderer is very hard to figure out and comes as a complete surprise, and the Detective Morse he is unlike HM or Poirot, with Morse you know what he is thinking and what he is doing. He does not irritate you like the supercilious detectives of the past with their clandestine deductions and ideas, Morse shares his thoughts with the reader and keeps on feeding you double cheese burgers and not morsels. I especially enjoyed the part about Morse Deciphering a hidden message in a letter; that was very clever.
so where did the book failed? first and foremost the mystery itself, it is such a prosaic mystery. It is so based on how a real life murder would be. Please tell me where is the ambiance of a cozy mystery with the least likely suspect like a Christie or the conundrum of a locked room like a Carr. The book I felt was somehow like the daily rigmarole of the police in solving a crime. Add to that the conspicuous promiscuousness of the various characters involved and you get another reason to relate the book to daily life where sex is almost always the reason for all crimes and malevolence. For me reading books is a way to get away from the mundane and boring sources of entertainment. I like to be fascinated, surprised and perplexed when it comes to books or any sort of entertainment anything but the ordinary for me, not infidelities of bored married men.
Where can you buy it: flipkart dude, its around 280.
Morse's Debut gets 3 stars, watch out for the 25th post on my humble little blog soon.
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