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Death is Now My Neighbor Why would a sniper shoot suburban physiotherapist Rachel James as she sips her morning coffee Inspector Morse s hunt for answers kicks off with a tabloid journalist, winds through the strip clubs of Soho, then returns to Oxford, where two senior dons and their wives battle for a plum 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 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 Excellent stuff I shall be readingof them 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 Excellent stuff I shall be readingof them Chief Inspector Morse returns in his twelfth outingthan 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, like Lewis, that it isn t going to happen.The demands of another complex Chief Inspector Morse returns in his twelfth outingthan 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, like Lewis, that it isn t going to happen.The demands of another complex and demanding case certainly won t help As the book opens, the Master of Lonsdale College in Oxford has announced his retirement Two candidates stand for election to the position Each man wants the job very badly, although perhaps neither man wants to be the Master as much as his wife wants to be the First Lady of the college.One would expect that the academics would get all of this sorted out within the confines of their own small world, but the larger universe intrudes when a young woman is found shot to death early one morning There would appear to be no motive, but as Morse begins his investigation of the crime, he will discover that the poor woman did have a connection to one of the candidates in the college election There s also a journalist involved, and the demands of the investigation will require poor Morse to have to work his way through a number of tacky strip clubs in Soho, a task he would never think to assign to his poor, overworked sergeant.Like all of the Morse mysteries, this one is densely complicated, and only someone as gifted as the Chief Inspector will ever be able to sort it out assuming that he lives long enough to do so This penultimate addition to the series is another very very entertaining read, even if a little bittersweet, knowing that we re approaching the end of the line It should certainly appeal to any fan of the series Death is Now my Neighbour is the 12th novel in Colin Dexter sInspector Morseseries 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 nove Death is Now my Neighbour is the 12th novel in Colin Dexter sInspector Morseseries 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 read.Yet 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 quotations, 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 consequent 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 prequels, by other writers, whose one word series title gives the game away.For 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 sNews at TenThe book shot to the top of the bestseller list, selling over 120,000 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 relatesnow 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 whiteDeath 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 frequently 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 frequently states a wish to get back toproper police workUnusually, Morse piously agrees with him before doing the exact opposite himselfYou make it up as you go along, sir, Morse s face betrayed some irritation Of courseI bloody do That s what I m here for andit s all so so airy fairy, isn t it And you saidwe were going to get some facts straight first Exactly Lewis gave up the struggle There 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 him.Alongside 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 position And 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 spoiler one 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 subsequently 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 Morse is taken with the idea that a cryptic seventeenth century love poem by John Wilmot and a photograph of Rachel with a mysterious grey haired man are clues, mainly because he doubts the provenance of the poem He even goes to the extreme of view spoiler employing a house burglar and lock expert, who seems to have done similar jobs for him before, so that he can discoverabout the blackmailer hide spoiler The crimes all seem to be linked to the competition to be the next Master of Lonsdale College The rivalry between Julian Storrs and Dr Dennis Cornford is becoming everintense and sordid, which is par for the course in a Morse novel Several affairs seem to be going on, and it is cleverly written so that the reader is not always privy to know who is involved in the author s descriptions of events This keeps the mystery element intact, and is something which would be evendifficult to manage in either an audio or a visual dramatisation.Meanwhile Morse is carrying on with his self destructive drinking, and occasional womanising Almost too late, it seems, he diagnoses himself with view spoiler diabetes hide spoiler , and despite his protestations is immediately sent to John Radcliffe Hospital as an inpatient for 5 days He develops a new love interest, view spoiler Sister Janet McQueen, a nurse in charge of him at the hospital On his discharge, Morse shows that he is not only irascible, but unreasonable too Finding out that he has diabetes has hit him very hard hide spoiler He is strongly advised by the medics to both eat carefully and stay off the alcohol Of course he does neither, arguing the pros and cons of his behaviour all the time, both with himself and with others especially Lewis There is one rare particularly unpleasant scene between the two in this book.Alibis for the crimes abound It seems that none of the relevant suspects could actually be the perpetrator The reader can get a little lost in following the various threads, with all their implications There is even a suicide, and eventually Morse s health issues neatly provide the key to the solution.As with all the later Morse novels, this is a well crafted crime read, in which the Oxford setting is both well portrayed and also an essential part of the novel All the places are genuine, althoughLonsdale Collegedoes not exist In real life it is actually Brasenose College, one of the oldest colleges, founded in 1509 I am married to an alumnus of Brasenose, who lived in Hall as an undergraduate Both of us remember the locations well All the scenes within the quadrangle in the TV drama, the Dining Hall, staircases and some of the students rooms, both in the dramatisation of this episode and others set inLonsdaleare filmed at Brasenose,He looked around him lovingly at the gilded, dimly illuminated portraits of the famous alumni the poets and the politicians, the soldiers and the scientists who figured so largely in the lineage of Lonsdale The rafted timbers of the ceiling were lost in darkness, and the shadows were deep on the sombre panelling of the walls, as deftly and deferentially the scouts poured wine into the sparkling glassesThe exterior too with the porter s lodge and Radcliffe Square with Radcliffe Camera is very familiar, although it never seemed to look so clean the glamour of the camera, perhaps It is a mystery as to why Dexter preferred to use a different name for this College, which features so prominently in his novels Presumably Brasenose College received ample location fees, but did not want to be officially connected with the dramatisations Interestingly too, although he has lived in Oxford for quite a few years, Colin Dexter went to Cambridge University, not Oxford The dramatisations of the novels are well worth watching, though They do differ slightly, but they do also bring the locations to life.However, if you like to be able to proceed steadily through a crime novel, and be able to deduce the murderer, this may not be for you You can almost guarantee that you will not see it coming It reads smoothly and entertainingly, but provides intelligent fodder, rather than being light and easy to read Death is now my Neighbour typically has a huge number of potential suspects, and this can be confusing at times Morse s tendency to alight on coincidences or perhapsrealistically Colin Dexter s penchant for throwing in red herrings adds to the confusion Because this is such a long running series, we have grown to know Morse and Lewis better as the years have passed We both accept their faults and admire their qualities For regular readers, Morse s ability to go off at a tangent is part of his charm, as is his pig headed determination A big part of the reason for the continuing popularity both of the Morse novels and the dramatisations, is the brilliantly conceived chalk and cheese relationship between the two men Morse s sidekick, Lewis, comes across as far less curmudgeonly Lewis is a placid family man who loves his wife and children and his egg and chips very much He doesn t always follow Morse with his leapfrog mind, but has a strong moral sense and is equally determined to solve the case As Morse says to him,You usually manage to find the unimportant things and often they re the things that really matter in the end In this particular novel it becomes clear that both he, and Morse, know that Lewis is probably the closest friend that Morse has It is Lewis, to whom at the very end of the novel, Morse divulges his Christian name, Endeavour We have learned a littleabout Morse s parents His mother, who died when he was very young, was a Quaker His father idolised Captain James Cook, so much so that he named his son after his hero s ship And Colin Dexter makes view spoiler Janet McQueen, the nurse with whom Morse is romantically involved, hide spoiler be the device by which he lets Lewis know his first name It is at her insistence that Morse sends Lewis a postcard, which he has signed with his full name Is she to feature further in Morse s life, the reader is left to wonder It is probably not only Lewis whose eyes feel a little damp as he reads the postcard, with its final words,Let me thank you for everything, my dear old friend Yours aye, Endeavour Morse The sense of foreboding in this novel is very strong, and we watch Morse recklessly ignore all his health warnings We want to shake some sense into him, as he persists in telling himself that the immediate satisfaction he gains from his beloved beer, far outweigh any possible long term benefits in denying himself He cleverly convinces himself view spoiler that if he injects himself with insulin, as prescribed, this will enable him to continue his bad drinking habits Then of course, he neglects to keep up the injections at all, hide spoiler being farpreoccupied with the puzzle of the case This is wholly in keeping with the character of the Morse we know and love Here is Lewis,Suddenly Lewis felt very happy that he was back in harness with this arrogant, ungracious, vulnerable, lovable man with whom he had worked so closely for so many years a man who looked somewhat slimmer, somewhat paler than when he had last seen him, but who sounded not a whit less brusque But can Morse ever changeThinking and drinkingdrinking and thinkingthe twin activities which in Morse s mind were ever and necessarily concomitant The next and final novel will probably prove to be a very tough read This hard cover book is signed by Colin Dexter.

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