Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Colin Dexter - The Way Through the Woods



Ah, the wonderful Inspector Morse – with his love for real ale, opera and good literature, what else could you want. This 1992 mystery starts with Morse taking a much needed holiday and avoiding crosswords and drink. Of course, this allows the author an opportunity to drop a murder mystery with a cryptic poetry clue into the middle and drag Morse back into the fray.

There’s little more to say about this. Inspector Morse novels don’t have the social commentary of some other detective writings – they’re more like a soap opera, as we follow Morse’ bumbling attempts to find love and happiness through his career. They are however, intensely readable, and this story has a nice twist, if a slightly predictable one. Read it on the beach.

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