All this is a long-winded way of saying that, while I enjoyed this book, Morse is yet another highly-hyped fictional detective who didn't live up to his reputation, for me. For some reason I had assumed the novels began in the 80s, or even the 90s, so pervasive is the television adaptation in my thinking. The other factor which m It's summer. It is very much of its time as regards prevailing attitudes to women, and Colin Dexter's masculinity is rather too present. A girl is found dead in a pub car park. Viewers who have enjoyed British actor John Thaw as Mors. The author lays down a surfeit of clues and red herrings, enough to keep one from becoming too confident about deciphering the culprit s until the very end.
Morse is a confirmed bachelor who is attracted to women, liquor and complex homicide investigations. She is later dis This is the book that introduced Colin Dexter's famous protagonist, Chief Inspector Morse of the Oxford Homicide Division. How much of this did we absorb as young women? Inspector Morse has old-fashioned tastes in music Wagner and hobbies cryptic crosswords and very old-fashioned attitudes to women, who are all pretty typists with good legs. He seemed to be a lazy, irascible, bully. For some reason, most of the second-generation murder mystery detectives - policemen - tend to be a bit samey, a bit boring, probably because they had to follow rules and laws and pesky things like procedures. James, Agatha Christie, or as in the present case, Colin Dexter. He will be forced to discard one theory after another until it seems possible that there will never be a solution to the case, but Morse will never be one to give up.
It means a lot to me to be able to identify with the personality of the detective and see him as human and to have the other characters have real personalities. One can make certain allowances for when a book was written but there are limits. I expected Morse to be quirky yet brilliant. To grasp the painful truth, and act upon it, requires from Morse the last atom of his professional discipline. They have killed the story out there completely. Woman: Have you ever raped a woman? It was later in 1972 that he begun writing his mystery novels for which he was to become famous for.
Rating: 3 Stars Last Bus To Woodstock introduces the reader to Chief Inspector Morse of Oxford, England. Later that night, one of them, Sylvia Kaye, is found murdered and apparently sexually assaulted in the car park of the Black Prince pub in Woodstock. I did, in a vaguely train spotterish way, a good train spotterish way, wonder what kind of Lancia it was, and whether the same principles of classic ownership applied. Read by Kevin Whately 12. Middle aged men and sultry women form the cast of this book. This was a terrible book! One to return to the library and not bother with the series any further, I think.
It would be interesting to see if this series is still around in another couple of decades' time. Sylvia Kaye is murdered behind a pub and not much ev This is the first book of a series of Detective Chief Inspector Morse. Last Bus to Woodstock introduces Inspector Morse, and his sidekick Sergeant Lewis. Shrewd as Morse is, he's also distracted by the complex scenarios that the murder set in motion among Sylvia's girlfriends and their Oxford playmates. The first surprise - I had read only one Morse before, and that some time ago - was that the first in the series, Last Bus to Woodstock, dated from 1975.
This early Morse is quite an important piece of characerisation, I feel, because rather than inhabiting the era of Christie, for example, Morse is really ahead of his time for 1975, anticipating the Rebuses, and even Wallanders to come. While it fortunately never goes so far to blame the murdered girl for getting murdered it becomes quite clear that both Morse and Lewis clearly disapprove of her lifestyle-choices i. To its credit, the plot was sufficiently complex to keep me guessing, incorrectly, until the very end. I enjoyed these books for not only the mystery, but for Morse himself and his relationship with his colleague, Lewis. In the novel, we're straight into grim and violent murder. Inspector Morse himself is a slightly grumpy, bad tempered and elusive leading character and the author was obviously feeling his way with him.
Last Bus to Woodstock is the first of the by. I enjoyed the mystery, the pacing and how Morse goes about solving the crime. Gentry is then assigned to track down the people who took the hooded man. A sub plot is about Jennifer Coleby who worked with Sylvia in an insurance office. Inspector Morse himself is a slightly grumpy, bad tempered and elusive leading character and the author was obviously feeling his way with him.
As Morse and Lewis investigate, it soon becomes clear they need a scorecard to keep track of who is having an affair with whom, their victim by no means an exception to the rule in Oxford. Morse is quirky, at times cantankerous, persistent, and even brilliant, particularly when solving murders. Like that other Thaw vehicle, The Sweeney, its a wonder anyone is ever sober enough to get a shift in, let alone solve the crime. Indeed, those attributes feel a bit more like they're trying to be memorable, than genuinely individual. Give me Sherlock Holmes or Poirot any day. The novel is the first in the series featuring the brilliant and quirky Inspector Morse of the Thames Valley Police Department. A complex mystery with twists, turns, loads of red herrings, and an outcome that was unexpected on several levels.
I have read that your plot lines do become stronger, but this one left me perplexed. I recently reviewed 's , in which I didn't really mention the police procedural aspect of the storytelling. Why won't she own up to the obvious truth? Reflecting the tastes of Dexter himself, Morse had a penchant for cryptic crosswords and Wagner, along with cask ale and English literature. We meet lots of potential suspects- red herrings are thrown in and the murderer is revealed! The book opens with two young women waiting at the bus stop planning to catch the last bus to Woodstock. Unfortunately the pitch was soured a little by Dexter's gender and his era, with more than a few sexist comments being made or thought by Morse and Co. I admittedly did figure out some things beforehand but not really because it was blatantly obvious but because I had already seen some Morse-episodes not the adaption of this one. Last Bus to Woodstock 1975 Last Seen Wearing 1976 The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn 1977 Service of All the Dead 1979 The Dead of Jericho 1981 The Riddle of the Third Mile 1983 The Secret of Annexe 3 1986 The Wench is Dead 1989 The Jewel That Was Ours 1989 The Way Through the Woods 1992 The Daughters of Cain 1994 Death is Now My Neighbor 1996 The Remorseful Day 1999 An English author with a distinctively more British tone, he has been creating his unique brand of crime fiction for some time now.
But his confidence is shaken by the cool inscrutability of the girl he's certain was Sylvia's companion on that ill-fated September evening. I was sitting at the kitchen table with nothing else to do, a Norman Colin Dexter was an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novels. Aside from Morse, there is his sidekick, Lewis. Colin Dexter quotes from literary sources but writes in an easy to read style which draws the reader into the story. I'm not sure at this point if I will read more Morse books. He is a fan of the English language, likes his crossword puzzles and poetry, and takes it personally when folks abuse their privilege while either speaking or writing. A must read for mystery lovers.