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Kaks neiut ootavat viimast Woodstocki minevat bussi. Et nad ei tea kindlalt, kas buss pole mitte juba ära läinud, otsustavad nad hääletada. Üks neist leitakse hiljem aga mõrvatuna parkimisplatsilt. Juhtumit asuvad uurima inspektor Morse - pahur, kõrk, ooperit jumaldav detektiiv - ning tema abiline seersant Lewis. Juhtniidid viivad nad kolledžiteni, ühes majas elava kolme nKaks neiut ootavat viimast Woodstocki minevat bussi. Et nad ei tea kindlalt, kas buss pole mitte juba ära läinud, otsustavad nad hääletada. Üks neist leitakse hiljem aga mõrvatuna parkimisplatsilt. Juhtumit asuvad uurima inspektor Morse - pahur, kõrk, ooperit jumaldav detektiiv - ning tema abiline seersant Lewis. Juhtniidid viivad nad kolledžiteni, ühes majas elava kolme neiuni ja varjatud armusidemeteni, kuid suhete sasipuntrast noore naise tapmise ajendi leidmine osutub keerulisemaks, kui alguses arvati....

Title : Viimane buss Woodstocki
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ISBN : 9789985330258
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Number of Pages : 239 Pages
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Viimane buss Woodstocki Reviews

  • Jean
    2019-04-23 05:56

    Suffering from Morse deprivation on the TV I decided to reread all Colin Dexter's novels, in order this time. This first one,Last Bus To WoodstockI found a little disappointing. It is very much of its time as regards prevailing attitudes to women, and Colin Dexter's masculinity is rather too present. In fact it feels rather oldfashioned even for 1975 - more like the late 60's. It would be interesting to see if this series is still around in another couple of decades' time.Having said that, it is a fiendishly good plot and I doubt very much whether I would have remembered the perpetrator of the crime had I not vaguely remembered the TV dramatisation.It is impossible to read these novels now without visualising the TV characters, even though we learn very early on that Morse is younger than Lewis and is "lightly built and dark haired." (Otherwise though Morse's maverick grouchiness which is clearly indicated right at the start of this series of novels is spot on.)Also welcome in the book is the sense of place the author depicts. It is amusing to watch the TV episodes where Morse and Lewis seem to spend an inordinate amount of time wandering around the Radcliffe Camera - why? The Oxford Police station is nowhere near this (I used to live nearby), the crimes take place all over the place and even the Colleges are spread around a fair bit. Made with an eye to the US market perhaps? But the book itself was far more accurate; perhaps Dexter should have challenged the producers of the programmes.Back to the book, and all in all I find myself looking forward to the next one, and suspecting that this series will grow in stature as it progresses.

  • Tom Mathews
    2019-04-06 00:49

    The first book in the series that brought us the great television series starring John Thaw as the irascible yet brilliant Inspector Morse, a spin-off with Inspector Lewis and a prequel series, Endeavour, leaves me, well, underwhelmed. As a police procedural it is okay but not something that will remain long in my memory. To its credit, the plot was sufficiently complex to keep me guessing, incorrectly, until the very end. I expected Morse to be quirky yet brilliant. I guess he was that but there were times when I was tempted to replace the word quirky with something more along the lines of unhinged.What struck me, and other readers that I talked to, most about the book is that Dexter's treatment of gender issues is far from enlightened. Granted, it was written in the 1970s but I came of age back then and I don't remember the people I encountered being quite so -neanderthal - as the characters in this book are. Their thoughts about rape are frightening and the old idea that women who act or dress in a certain manner deserve what they get is, if not said outright, at least inferred more than once. One can make certain allowances for when a book was written but there are limits. And if all that isn't enough, Morse doesn't even drive his signature burgundy Jaguar! He drives a beat-up old Lancia, whatever the heck that is.I'm not sure at this point if I will read more Morse books. If I do, I will probably skip forward to a point where Collins writing, and Morse's character, are better developed. My thanks to M.L. and the The Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Group at for creating the opportunity to read and discuss this book with other Goodreads members.

  • James Thane
    2019-04-14 23:01

    This is the book that introduced Colin Dexter's famous protagonist, Chief Inspector Morse of the Oxford Homicide Division. Morse is a confirmed bachelor who is attracted to women, liquor and complex homicide investigations. Here we also meet the man who would be Morse's sidekick throughout the series, the much put-upon Sergeant Lewis.As the book opens, two attractive young women are waiting for a bus. One of them, Sylvia Kaye, grows impatient and decides to hitch a ride instead. She is later discovered murdered in the parking lot of a pub in Woodstock. Morse is assigned to the case and his first challenge is to find the young woman who was waiting for the bus with the victim. The woman turns out to be particularly elusive and when Morse narrows down the list to the woman he KNOWS must be Sylvia's friend, the young woman steadfastly insists that Morse is wrong. Why won't she own up to the obvious truth?Other obstacles block Morse's investigation and along the way, he will become enamored with one of the women central to the case. 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.This is a solid introduction to the series and the characters of Morse and Lewis, once established here, will remain virtually constant through the remainder of the series. Many Americans first met Morse when this series was adapted for television and exported to the U.S. and those who enjoy British crime fiction are almost certainly guaranteed to like this book and the rest that follow.

  • Mary Helene
    2019-04-04 01:49

    It's summer. I'm reading mysteries - and this was grand! As I reflected a day later, though, on the characters, I thought of how every single man, despite his flaws, was an engaging character of some sympathy, even the young man addicted to porn. (His mother loved him, remember?) But the women, without exception, were protrayed in a negative light. None of them seemed lovable. I checked the publication date: 1975. Depressing. How much of this did we absorb as young women?The other factor which makes the mystery, despite its excellent plotting and engaging male characters, difficult to recommend was the constant drinking. Every third page someone ordered a pint, offered a whiskey, or poured himself a stiff drink. I got to hankering after one myself. Was that the point?

  • La TonyaJordan
    2019-04-18 23:10

    This is the first book of a series of Detective Chief Inspector Morse. It was well written and kept the attention of the reader. The plot was very difficult to follow. But, the writing was so interesting and captivating you as the reader had to keep reading until the end. Chief Inspector Morse appears to be dumbfounded and Sergeant Lewis seems to be at his wits end when the pieces of the puzzle start to fit together and the killer is revealed. Sylvia Kaye is murdered behind a pub and not much evidence is find and the clues are few and far in between. A must read for mystery lovers. Quote:He realised that he had already landed himself in a good deal of muddle and mess by his own inadequacies.

  • Aoife
    2019-04-08 00:57

    It's a bit hard to rate this book. One the one hand there are things that make it quite clear that this book was written in the 70s...and by things I mean some blatant sexism. 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.e. being sexually active) and there are somne cringeworthy conclusions (she didn't wear a bra! -> Perhaps she was a prostitute!) which leave a bad taste.Now it's arguable if you can blame a book for the time it was written in and it's probably not worse than most of the other books written around that time.If you can ignore that bit what remains is a great puzzle. 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...but enough to know certain things). There were red herrings en masse and trying to figure out what was important and what was not was great fun.And of course there's Morse himself. Despite being written over 40 years ago he was a breath of fresh air (yes, I do apologise for this phrase but for once it is accurate) in all those bland crime-novel-main characters. Too many authors want to write characters that are both likeable and easy for the reader to identify with. That makes easy reading but also means that I can't remember the names of half of the MCs in crime-novels I read recently because they were all quite similar (some had as distinguishing feaute a Very Tragic Past). Morse is on the first glance neither likeable (he is quite a jerk to Lewis and really also most others) nor that easy to identify with (unless you are an opera-loving crossword-nerd and grammar-nazi) but that makes him unique and ironically as a result likeable as character (I'm still debating if I'd like to met him ^^) because unlike so many others he has edges, makes mistakes because he is bloody stubborn and that distinguishes from at least 2/3 of all other invesigators.

  • Brenda H
    2019-04-02 06:03

    Last Bus to Woodstock is the first book in the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter. The book opens with two young women waiting at the bus stop planning to catch the last bus to Woodstock. However, after they are told that there are no more buses to Woodstock that night, they decide to hitch a ride. Within hours, one of the young women is found dead in the parking lot of a pub in Woodstock.While the story was generally interesting and proved to be a challenge to solve, I was less than happy with the lead character of the book, Inspector Morse. He seemed to be a lazy, irascible, bully. Although ultimately solving the crime, he seemed to have bumbled his way into it. He decides on an initial motive and suspect and attempts to make the crime fit. When that doesn’t work, he moves onto yet another theory (that just – by luck – pays some dividends) and then yet another. In the end, it seems that some of the reasoning that lead to Morse’s solving of the mystery is only introduced in the final pages of the book. (reinforcing the bumbling detective feeling)I read this book as a group read on LibraryThing and we had a very lively discussion – much of it centered on Morse. While I would most likely read the next book in the series if we read it as a group (there must be something there for this to be such a favorite character!), I would not be likely to read it on my own any time soon.Rating: 3 Stars

  • Leah
    2019-04-26 03:47

    I was unsure of what to expect when approaching Colin Dexter. Would he be an heir of Christie, Sayers, even P.D. James? Would this book be a murder mystery, a police procedural, a combination, something else entirely? It was a combination, as it turned out, and a pretty decent one at that.I recently reviewed P.D. James's Cover Her Face, in which I didn't really mention the police procedural aspect of the storytelling. I wonder whether that was the turning point for detective fiction: when the detectives stopped being amateur sleuths, private detectives, sweet little old ladies with razor-sharp insights, and started being the (probably more realistic but really much more boring) actual police detectives. I think it's unfortunate that in order to gain a realistic aspect to crime-solving, we seemed to have to take a hit in the interest department. 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...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. Sure, he likes doing crosswords or something, and he makes occasionally unintelligible requests to his less stellar colleagues, and he is lonely enough to fall for one of the suspects in a murder case, but he just doesn't have that spark that makes him memorable. Indeed, those attributes feel a bit more like they're trying to be memorable, than genuinely individual.This being said, he is more human than most fictional detectives. I liked that we saw inside his love life and felt for him on that count. However, I can't help but feel that all this policeman-as-detective business was just a long slippery slope that ended in Peter Robinson's DCI Banks. Give me Sherlock Holmes or Poirot any day.As to the story, the Oxford setting had me thinking unavoidably of Edmund Crispin's The Moving Toyshop, which may have influenced my perception of it... Interestingly for a murder mystery, it was told from many points of view, including witnesses, participants and suspects, which kept me guessing and interested and was an innovative way to reveal new facts to the reader while keeping the detective in the dark.It also beats the characters making lists of suspects and 'known facts' in order to sort out the plot.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. While I'm willing to let it go as a product of its time, it certainly dates poorly, and is probably another reason why people still read Agatha Christie and her many lady-writer contemporaries while people like Dexter end up in secondhand bookshops by the dozen.All in all, enjoyable enough to warrant another foray into Morse territory, albeit with caution.

  • Jill Holmes
    2019-04-17 04:46

    Te critics are right--you may have seen Chief Inspector Morse on "Masterpiece Mystery", but you won't truly know him until you have read him. This book was a delight. A complex mystery with twists, turns, loads of red herrings, and an outcome that was unexpected on several levels. The ultimate delights, howver, were in getting to know Chief Inspector Morse and his patient, stalwart sidekick Sergeant Lewis. This is the first of many Morse mysteries, so we see Morse as a relatively young man taking on Lewis as his right hand for the first time. Morse is complicated, to say the least, and his healthy interest in the opposite sex is tempered by his undeveloped understanding of women and his fear of what he might find once he does understand one (or more) of them. Lewis--happily married with two children--has accepted that unknowns are part of the territory. Morse is the great mystery in his life, and his own education and social standing are nearly polar opposites to Morse's Oxford education, love of opera, fascination with books, and obsession with drink. Morse's complexities star in the novel, but the City of Oxford also sparkles as does the surrounding countryside. This book is perfect reading for a rainy or wintry day spent by the fireside. The characters are comfortable companions, yet we know there is much hidden below the surface. The mystery itself may keep readers turning the pages, but the characters leave you wanting more at the story's end. Writers dream of achieving this perfect balance.

  • Susan
    2019-04-13 22:48

    Written in 1975, this is the first Inspector Morse mystery. I had never read any of the Morse novels before and have never seen the tv series, so I had no preconceptions about this book and no knowledge about it, except that it was set in Oxford. Inspector Morse himself is a slightly grumpy, bad tempered and elusive leading character and the author was obviously feeling his way with him. Sergeant Lewis, who works with him on the case, seems both a more grounded and less troubled character.The novel begins with two girls waiting for a bus to Woodstock. Unsure whether or not they have missed the last bus, they decide to hitch a lift and one of them ends up brutally murdered. There are many different strands to the investigation - who picked the girls up, why did they not stay together and why has the other girl not come forward? The suspects include academics (thereby tying in the Oxford location) a trio of girls who share a house and a young man with a taste for dirty movies. Much of this novel reminded me of the casual sexism of the Seventies - lewd remarks abound and overt sexist remarks and attitudes ages the book in a way that made me recall how much I disliked television in that decade. However, Lewis had an innate niceness and Morse is obviously a character capable of deeper feelings, which will probably prompt me to read on. The plot itself was interesting and I feel sure this is a series which will improve, although the characters are still partly formed in this first book. The next in the series is Last Seen Wearing (Inspector Morse).

  • K
    2019-04-16 04:52

    Ah, there's something about a classic British murder mystery, whether it be from P. D. James, Agatha Christie, or as in the present case, Colin Dexter. This is the first of he Inspector Morse series and he first for me from this author. It put me in the mind of the aforementioned legends of the genre, which is a high compliment indeed. 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. And just when you think you've got it figured out-- well, that's what makes these books so much fun. It does demand your attention, particularly to the names of all the various players, and on occasion I found myself pausing to recollect just who I was reading about at any given moment and their role in this mystery, but I can live with that. The only criticism I have is the way Morse treats the hopelessly polite Sgt. Lewis, his partner and literary counterpoint. It's a bit too rude and dismissive for my taste, but it all works. A worthwhile read for any fan of British mystery.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-05 02:50

    Decided I'd try this, since it's Inspector Morse and I used to catch some of that on TV when my grandad was watching it. But it seems almost incoherently written. I know I've defended Jeffery Deaver's attention to detail, but that's when he's writing about the forensics department. I don't think Lewis and Morse care much at all about the girl's dark-blue trousers and light summer coat.And the attitudes to women -- gah. Not even hateful, most of the time, just casually dismissive. Morse as a character isn't at all attractive, and Lewis is pretty bland.One to return to the library and not bother with the series any further, I think.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-16 05:52

    Well, I can see why a TV producer thought that the characters in this book were interesting enough to bring to the screen, but I did not enjoy this book. Yes, the sexism was annoying, but I could forgive that as being a product of its time (1975). What I especially didn't like was how much of the evidence was hidden from the reader. Morse would talk to someone, and the author would not write about what was said. Or Morse would read a ledger, and we wouldn't get to see what was on it. So much was hidden, as if Colin Dexter were trying for a great "ah hah!" moment, that the reader ends up being left in the dark until the very end. And that was not a pleasant place to be.

  • Monica
    2019-04-14 03:50

    This is the first in the Inspector Morse series. I enjoyed these books for not only the mystery, but for Morse himself and his relationship with his colleague, Lewis. Morse is a snob who drinks too much, loves opera, and is very protective of his Jaguar. Poor Lewis, his long-suffering sergeant, admires Morse's talents for solving the cases, but recognizes that Morse has serious flaws. There's often an undertone of classism as suspects stereotype Morse as working class and Morse returns their disdain. Meanwhile Lewis is a reminder that "regular folk" are more than regular.

  • Lobstergirl
    2019-04-01 01:49

    A book that reeks of 1975. Horny, hard drinking Morse falls for a murder suspect 20 years his junior. Also, a man and a woman in bed together raise important metaphysical questions about rape:Man: Do you believe a young girl can get raped?Woman: It must be jolly difficult for the man.Man: Mm.Woman: Have you ever raped a woman?Man: I could rape you, any day of the week.Woman: But I wouldn't let you. I wouldn't put up any resistance. Peter.....rape me again!

  • Paul Guttman
    2019-04-02 00:58

    I can't stand when a mystery is solved in the end with information not previously given to the reader. Part of the enjoyment of reading mysteries is trying to figure out what has happened while the story progresses. If the author keeps vital information from the reader, that is impossible.

  • Kate Howe
    2019-04-23 01:09

    New hard boiled series to love!

  • Dipanjan
    2019-04-02 06:09

    This is my first Inspector Morse Experience. Written in a typical British "literaturesque" style, Last Bus To Woodstock definitely catches the cold and dark mood of the plot. Mr. Dexter reminds us of a dark England with the trademark characteristics of the Oxford community. Middle aged men and sultry women form the cast of this book. It reminds you of the lazy English life where lots of theoretical work flow and bitter ale seem to be commanding the lifestyle all around. Passion, love and lust form the premise of the story. The pace is easy-going with clues help the story meander from a surprise to a surprise. The climax is well built up with no loose ends. The deductions are fairly logical based on observations and psychological mapping.Overall, a very good beginning in to the journey through the life of Inspector Morse as given life by Colin Dexter.P.S : Avoid the TV Show Inspector Morse (Season 2 Episode 4). They have killed the story out there completely.

  • Neena
    2019-03-27 01:55

    The plot of "Last Bus to Woodstock" is not worth four stars but Dexter's writing is for sure. Morse was not likable character in this first book of series for me. He did not leave much impression here. I have read few more books in series and that's where I liked him better. Lewis is perfect gentleman and I think his character is most consistent throughout whole series.The story is not one of the best, ending unfathomable, Morse and Sue's romance very movie-ish. The best thing about Dexter's writing is his brilliant narration style that keeps his readers glued to his book. The best of books always have these slow, dragging moments but not Dexter's Morse series. I would recommend his work to every mystery lover.

  • Bill
    2019-04-01 06:06

    This is the first in the Inspector Morse series and introduces us to Morse and Sgt Lewis, who joins Morse for the first time in this book. I've been watching the TV Series based on the books, and oddly enough this was the 5th in the TV series. Morse is much like he is in the TV series, although there are also some differences, his looks, his car, etc. I enjoyed the mystery, the pacing and how Morse goes about solving the crime. He still likes his beer and his women. Excellent introduction to the series. I'm glad I've started both the TV Series and now the book series. 4 stars.

  • Michael Romo
    2019-04-10 02:55

    In this the first Inspector Morse mystery Morse and Sergeant Lewis combine to solve the brutal murder of a young and sexy woman. What is incredible to me is that Colin Dexter, whom I've had the great pleasure of meeting, wrote this book on a kitchen table while on holiday. He then blindly sent it around to the publishers and hit the proverbial jackpot!! This was a re-read for me, I originally read it in the 90's.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-31 23:14

    Inspector Morse is...I'm just going to be frank, a dick. He snaps at Sergent Lewis and all the other police officers anytime there isn't any evidence right in front of his face. He drinks on the job and is a creep on any woman who may be a witness or connected to the case. The only reason I rated it so highly was because the mystery was great, it kept me guessing until the end and ended with an unexpected twist.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-03-27 06:08

    Eerily nostalgic murder mystery with elements of suspense, humor, mystery and complexity in everything from the characters to the scenery.

  • Kate Forsyth
    2019-04-11 05:09

    I am a big fan of the ‘Inspector Morse’ TV series, and its spin-off ‘Lewis’, and yet I had never read any of the novels by Colin Dexter which inspired the shows. I had heard that they were good old-fashioned murder mysteries with clever plots, which is something I am always hunting for, and so I thought I’d give them a go.The first book in the series, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975, and so it reads like historical fiction now. The plot depends on a warning letter being hand-delivered because of the slowness of the English postal system; there are no mobile phones, or internet, or traffic cameras, or DNA testing. 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. The casual misogyny can be a little hard to take (the conclusion that the murdered girl must have been promiscuous because she didn’t wear a bra, for example). However, the mystery itself is really clever and surprising, and I happen to love classical music and cryptic clues, and so I quite enjoyed the character of Inspector Morse, who is much lazier and bumbling in the novel than he is in the TV show.

  • Eva
    2019-04-18 23:13

    Άλλος ένας DI της Αγγλικής αστυνομίας με ιδιαίτερο χαρακτήρα και μεθόδους, φυσικά κι αυτός ενδιαφέρον αν σου αρέσει το είδος. Πλοκή χωρίς τρύπες, σε κρατάει μέχρι το τέλος και για το ποιος και για το πως. Λίγο σεξιστικούλι σε 2 σημεία, ίσως συγχωρείται λόγω εποχής (για την οποία γκούγκλαρα κλους, δεν την καταλαβαίνεις διαφορετικά αν δεν πάρεις ντε φάκτο ότι μιλά για τα χρόνια στα οποία γράφτηκε/ εκδόθηκε).Πέρασα καλά 3,5*

  • Andrew Fish
    2019-04-13 04:48

    Working my way up to write my first mystery novel, I've decided to read a few to get a taste for how different authors approach the matter. Having tried Agatha Christie, therefore, I've turned to Colin Dexter and this, the first of his Inspector Morse novels.I already knew to expect some deviation from the television portrayal of Morse: Dominic Sandbrook in his books on the 1970s occasionally refers to Dexter's work to show how the sexual politics of a different age were reflected in its literature. Here Morse is not simply the gauche intellectual with the penchant for crosswords and Wagner, rather he is a crude, misogynistic character, perhaps ironically more like John Thaw's portrayal of Reagan in the Sweeney. His ownership of a Lancia rather than the more elegant Jaguar is perhaps symbolic of the civilising difference to his character that television has wrought. And it's not just Morse who is different: the world he inhabits is both sexist and racist, like Life on Mars but without the redeeming element of a Sam to question it. Elements of Morse's character which survived the transition to television - the brusqueness and alcoholism - therefore seem less a contrast with the characters round him. Even Lewis takes pleasure in being assigned to watch a blue movie.Some followers of Morse have raised the fact that Lewis differs a great deal between the books and the television series. Based on this first book, however, I'd say there's not enough to go on. The character is thinly drawn, with only a little of his earnestness emerging here and there. For the most part he is simply dismissed as little more than a bagman to the chief inspector, sent to do the legwork Morse considers beneath him. We don't see Lewis actually do any of this work - perhaps because the details of police procedure are outside Dexter's experience - but as far as Morse is concerned it is done and that's what matters.And this leaves Morse above the fray to consider the case as an intellectual exercise like one of his beloved crossword puzzles. A poorly spelt letter provides a way to hide a warning message (interestingly, Morse considers the sender to be an intellectual on this basis, but still holds a low opinion of the girl who clearly must have decoded it), a somewhat improbable bit of probability theory flushes out a key player in the events of the murder. Morse takes a leisurely approach to his investigations, brief flurries of intellectual energy punctuating his otherwise moribund existence.And this is a key difference between Dexter and Christie: where Christie's books are all about the crime, a vast array of clues masquerading as a novel, Dexter's books treat the crime as almost irrelevant. Fifty percent of the book whizzes by without substantial development of the case, preferring instead to focus on Morse's foot pains or the sexual activities of an adulterous barfly. As in the televsion programme, scenes involving other characters are expected to serve as a proxy for any actual investigation, allowing Morse to produce an effortless deus ex machina without appearing to have done anything. In fact, when he sums up the case at the end he produces a great deal of evidence whose collection went unreported in the preceding story - which I would have thought rather defies the point of a mystery novel. All in all as a mystery it's not that well executed.Setting the mystery aside, Dexter's writing is somewhat scattergun. Whilst he shares an obsession with correct grammar with his character, stylistically the book lacks consistency, with one scene written like a philosophical dialogue and another written in the present tense seemingly as random decisions. There's also a seeming obsession with matters medical - I particularly liked the reeling off of the young victim's medical history before dismissing it as "nothing unusual", suggesting that Dexter might be something of a hypochondriac.It's possible without the pedigree of the television series I would have received this book more favourably. It is, after all, the author's first and, issues about the mystery aside, it's not a bad book. The trouble is that people coming to the books now are highly likely to be fans of the television show curious as to how it all began. I think many of those would find this book something of a disappointment.

  • Charlotte (Buried in Books)
    2019-03-29 01:12

    My first experience of Morse - I used to watch the TV programme and was always worried that the books would be too much for me - too clever (that't not to say that I'm not bright - I read to relax, I don't necessarily want to think too much about what I read). I shouldn't have been so worried. This was such an easy read. I must admit though I had the voice of John Thaw in my head most of the time - but the Morse that appears on paper is certainly not the Morse that subsequently appeared on screen.Morse is such an interesting character - brash at times and incredibly rude, but at others time incredibly gentle and vulnerable. He seems to choose which laws to respect - especially in terms of drinking while on duty. But he has an undeniable thirst to uncover the truth of a crime. It's very clear that while Lewis respects his boss he doesn't necessarily like him, but does help him (especially when Morse falls through a ladder and damages his foot).But I digress. Sylvia Kaye is found in the carpark of a pub in Woodstock, apparently raped and murdered - her skull bashed in with a tyre iron. Earlier in the night she was seen at a bus stop with a female friend, waiting for the last bus to Woodstock - they decided to hitch a lift instead.Who was the girl with Sylvia - why doesn't she come forward? How did they get to Woodstock?There were times I had to remind myself that this book was written over 35 years ago and other times it was very dated. The story it's self was very, very clever. Dexter leads you in several diffrent directions, keeping all characters in play - until things suddenly fall into place. The overall feeling of the book for me was one of unbearable sadness - in all the characters, including Morse.I did figure out who the killer was and it was a tiny little thing that had stuck in my mind from the prologue that suddenly clicked with one simple sentence towards the end (footwear).My heart broke for Morse. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • Bill Rogers
    2019-04-27 00:05

    Like many, I suspect, I came to Inspector Morse through the BBC series starring John Thaw. The original novels don't disappoint!In this his first book Morse is described as a man facing middle age, thin, and dark-haired. In this story he meets the long-suffering Lewis and investigates the murder of Sylvia Kaye. Ms. Kaye was apparently raped and murdered in the car park of a pub in Woodstock, after having missed the bus and instead hitchhiked there. There are obvious suspects, but of course all is not as it appears.This book is wonderfully written. Morse is a decent man, although lecherous and only a bit curmudgeonly (less so, I think, than in the TV series). He acts through intuition, although he claims not to. One of the entertaining things about him is that he is usually wrong about who done it once or twice in the course of the novel, but you can depend on him to figure it out in the end.Of course since Sherlock Holmes died and stayed dead, most detective stories can't decide whether they are mysteries or Serious Literature about the detective's loneliness and existential angst, whatever that is, but Dexter is a good enough writer to pull it off entertainingly.I would rate this as five stars except for plot implausibility. (view spoiler)[In a way which is so frequent as to be stereotypical, in this book Morse meets a beautiful woman and falls instantly in love with her for no particular reason, and she with him. This, of course, means that she is guilty of the murder. Because this is such a cliche I knew who was guilty before there was any evidence implicating her.(hide spoiler)]But an entertaining book. The quality of the writing makes up for much.

  • Andrew
    2019-04-14 04:02

    The first Morse novel,from 1975,introduces the urbane & enigmatic Oxford detective,with his uninspired though dogged assistant,Sgt.Lewis.Who would have thought at the time that by the 2000s,these two characters would have become such stalwarts of television crime? Morse quickly establishes his ground rules in dealing with what looks like a sex-murder, but turns-out to be something far more Morse (who we all know now won't answer to his baptismal name,Endeavour!) shows himself to be a flawed but determined man,who perseveres with a tricky case and with an awkward personal involvement with one of the protagonists. Dexter writes seamlessly; he hits the ground running, as it were, with no suggestion of a first outing for his less than dynamic duo.He captures Oxford,too, as I remember it, a curious blend of 'town and gown', from industrialised Cowley to the college quadrangles to the leafy, well-heeled & well-educated North Oxford suburbs - & something of a sexual maelstrom to boot! Dexter has a good range of characters,offering insights into the Oxford which never figures on any tourist itinerary,& visits any number of disparate though not dispiriting, pubs for liquid refreshment & inspiration. All in all, a fine opening to a series I am looking forward to devouring with a Ploughman's Lunch & a pint of best bitter!

  • David Fulmer
    2019-04-19 06:53

    I am afraid that I am not a fan of Inspector Morse, the Oxford detective in charge of investigating the murder of a young woman in this, the first novel of a series of novels written about him by Colin Dexter. Though an Anglophile with an abiding respect for the mystery novel, I just can’t endorse this novel with a plodding investigation involving a few Oxford dons, a small business office, and a few nurses at a hospital, conducted thoroughly and with a small amount of endearing attitude by the dour Morse. The characters were ordinary and drab, Morse’s personal involvement seemed weird, and the denouement strained credibility, or at least it did mine. The plot was exceedingly complex and not without some twists you can’t see coming but there are other novels out there with richer characterization, a sense of place, and more atmosphere than this standard genre entry.