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Why would a Now My eBook #8608 sniper shoot suburban physiotherapist Rachel James as she sips her morning coffee Inspector Morse's hunt for answers kicks off w. Death is Now my Neighbour is the 12th novel in Colin Dexter s Inspector Morse series another enjoyable and very well written read in the series focusing on the crimes solved by Chief Inspector Morse and Detective Sergeant Lewis It is not vital to read the books in order each one can stand on its own but a regular reader will tend to become involved with Morse s own personal story Both the slow reveal of facts about him plus many emotional nuances may be lost if this penultimate novel in the series is the first to be readYet these are not long sagas in the current trend with the personal lives of the heroes and villains almost overshadowing the plot The chapters are extraordinarily short and headed by cleverly appropriate yet diverse uotations as is Colin Dexter s wont He once joked in a interview that he liked to keep his chapters short so that the reader feels they are making good progress He liked to include conversation too because of all the conseuent space on the page This way of writing he partly attributed to being a slow reader himself and partly because his brother told him he particularly liked to read the Morse novels because there was just enough in a chapter to read before he fell asleep at night Joking aside Colin Dexter s books could be termed as cerebral whodunits The twists and turns of the plot are always paramount convoluted and complex As each novel in the series was published Dexter cleverly kept his readers guessing about Morse In some ways eliciting any personal information about the main character was like getting blood from a stone and readers would pounce on the merest snippet It is difficult in retrospect to realise just what a big deal it was that the reading audience still did not know his first or Christian name especially in the light of the new series of preuels by other writers whose one word series title gives the game awayFor the publication of Death is now my Neighbour however Dexter made the gift of a publicity hook for his publishers with the fact he was going to reveal Morse s Christian name for the first time This caused a media frenzy even being announced on ITV s News at Ten The book shot to the top of the bestseller list selling over 120000 in the first four weeks in the UK alone Reading it at this distance the final two words Endeavour Morse still manage to bring a lump to the throat This is perhaps because of the history and presence of the main character All the additional TV episodes by other writers have contributed to consolidating the public s perception of the personality of Morse He is now almost a cult figure In the later books we can see that although TV writers have been scrupulously careful to write in character with no inconsistencies some have inevitably emerged But even Colin Dexter himself has been prey to this influence Morse no longer curses and swears as much as he did in the early novels his attitude towards women has undergone a slight update and his physical type relates now to John Thaw s than it does to the early descriptions It s likely that Colin Dexter visualised John Thaw s portrayal when he wrote hair that had thinly drifted these last few years from ironish grey to purish white Death is Now my Neighbour is satisfyingly complex Two main story threads are interwoven An additional layer is provided that of Morse s own personal story His increasing health problems mean that there is an impending sense of doom hanging over this novel In much of the novel Morse typically proceeds by thinking and mulling things over being too impatient to deal with actual clues And the reader knows that when Morse finally fits all the pieces of the jigsaw together and knows who is lying and who is not the case will be solved He freuently goes off at a tangent often to Lewis s exasperation and the reader s amusement There is a very amusing episode for instance involving a tie rack at Marks and Spencer s Sometimes Lewis admires his boss s inspired guesswork but in this novel he freuently states a wish to get back to proper police work Unusually Morse piously agrees with him before doing the exact opposite himself You make it up as you go along sirMorse s face betrayed some irritation Of course I bloody do That s what I m here for and it s all so so airy fairy isn t it And you said we were going to get some facts straight firstExactlyLewis gave up the struggleThere is a crime near the beginning of this novel A young physiotherapist living at 17 Bloxham Drive Rachel James has been shot and killed at almost point blank range through the closed blind of her kitchen window Morse and Lewis deduce that all that could have been seen would be her head and upper body silhouetted in the window as she was in the process of getting breakfast before going to work Her murderer must have been standing in her back yard Unfortunately none of the other residents in the road can recall seeing anything suspicious that morning Even her immediate neighbour at number 15 Geoffrey Owens says he saw and heard nothing Since he is a newspaper reporter this would have been a welcome scoop for himAlongside this crime is interwoven a story about the application of two academics for the position of Master of Lonsdale College to replace the 69 year old Sir Clixby Bream Owing to a loophole in the constitution Sir Clixby a most unpleasant individual has been in position for far longer than was ever expected The rivalry between Julian Storrs and Dr Dennis Cornford for the position of Master is very acrimonious As the novel proceeds secrets about both of them and their wives are unearthed Would either of them resort to dirty tricks to keep these covered up and ensure their appointment Would the odious Sir Clixby Bream do likewise to keep his favoured positionAnd are these two separate stories or will they be shown to be connected Previous novels have usually shown the latter but it is difficult at first to imagine how these Town and Gown characters can ever have had anything to do with one another However the links become apparent when it is revealed that view spoilerone of the two candidates has been having an affair with the murdered Rachel James In addition it starts to look as if the intended victim was actually Rachel s next door neighbour the journalist instead Owens himself is also subseuently shot dead at close range and it becomes evident that he had been blackmailing one of the academics There is a satisfying explanation of how such a mistaken identity could come about involving house numbers and the similarity of the two characters in profile as both of them wore a ponytail hide spoiler

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M promotion Then on the personal front Inspector Morse receives intimations of his own mortalityAnd while Morse muses on life he reveals his first name at last. This was my fisrt Inspector Morse novel to read the only one I ve been able to find State side and I absolutely loved it This is book 12 of 13 so some of the sub plots I was not privy to But It was an amazingly well written and planned mystery Kudos to Mr Dexter I am actively hunting all of the series now

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Ith a tabloid journalist winds through the strip clubs of Soho then returns to Oxford where two senior dons and their wives battle for a Death is ePUB #192 plu. This is 12 in the long running series featuring Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis and Dexter s writing just keeps getting better and better and the plots keep getting and convoluted But that is the beauty of a Morse bookjust when you think that the answer to the murders might be staring you in the face it evaporates and the author leads you in a different direction which sometimes makes it difficult to keep up with the ever changing circumstancesThe plot of this story centers around the Masters of Lonsdale College at Oxford and the hidden and somewhat smarmy activities that are being conducted in this temple of learning We have a couple of murders some blackmail and mistaken identities This book gives us a little of Morse s personal life as his bad habits are beginning to affect his health and Lewis is trying to keep him on the straight and narrow We also find out for the first time what Morse s first name isthe name that he has tried to keep secret through the first eleven books And it is rather endearing as to how that is revealedIt s another winner from Colin Dexter

10 thoughts on “Death is Now My Neighbour

  1. says:

    Chief Inspector Morse returns in his twelfth outing than a little worse for the wear His drinking and smoking in particular are now catching up with him and he's beginning to pay the price for all of the years through which he's neglected his physical well being Any number of people including his faithful sergeant Lewis urge him to reform before it's too late but any long time reader of the series understands l

  2. says:

    Death is Now my Neighbour is the 12th novel in Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series; another enjoyable and very well written read in the series focusing on the crimes solved by Chief Inspector Morse and Detective Sergeant Lewis It i

  3. says:

    This hard cover book is signed by Colin Dexter

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    Read by Terrence HardimanTotal Runtime 8 hours 53 minsDescription As he drove his chief down to Kidlington Lewis r

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    This is #12 in the long running series featuring Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis and Dexter's writing j

  6. says:

    In this penultimate book in the Inspector Morse series Morse and Lewis investigate the seemingly motiveless murder of a young woman shot through the blind covered window of her kitchen by an intruder who came down the back

  7. says:

    35 stars Morse is starting to see his own mortality in this book when he is diagnosed with diabetes He is hospitalized in a health crisis and starts to reevaluate his life Not too much of course as the first thing he does when he is released

  8. says:

    This was my fisrt Inspector Morse novel to read the only one I've been able to find State side and I absolutely loved it This is book

  9. says:

    The end is in sight Morse's health takes a real turn for the worse with the discovery that he has diabetes this isn't a man to be told what to eat and drink although he does seem to give up smoking Once again he

  10. says:

    Very cleverly written Well plotted and entertaining This might be an odd book in the series to begin with but I know the TV programmes very well You can hear John Thaw Kevin Whately in the dialogue Oddly since I've watched the series often I didn't remember who the murderer was and Dexter kept me guessing until at least very nearly the end

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