THE SECRET OF ANNEXE 3
By Colin Dexter

Ivy Books
February 1998, $5.99 ISBN: 0-8041-1489-7

Reviewed by Cherie Jung (3/98)

This is my least favorite book in the Inspector Morse series. Well, to be fair, I also didn't like THE JEWEL THAT WAS OURS. This is my second reading. (The book was originally published in England in 1986.) I don't like it any better this time around, I'm afraid.

On New Year's Eve, a fancy-dress dinner (costume party) ushers in a murder along with a new year. Inspector Morse arrives on the scene early New Year's day in his usual dour mood. He sets about solving the murder in his usual style of false starts and misdirections. For some reason, and perhaps it is my own failing, Morse seems even more prickly than usual. His treatment of co-investigator Sergeant Lewis seems to cross the line and reads as down right mean at times. The chemistry between these two characters is crucial to the enjoyment of the book, and indeed, the series for me. This book took an acrimonious tone that I did not enjoy.

Of course, if you are an Inspector Morse fan, and you haven't yet read this book, don't let my complaints stop you.

Other books by this author: THE SILENT WORLD OF NICHOLAS QUINN, LAST BUS TO WOODSTOCK, LAST SEEN WEARING, SERVICE OF ALL THE DEAD, THE DEAD OF JERICHO, THE RIDDLE OF THE THIRD MILE, THE JEWEL THAT WAS OURS, THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS, THE WENCH IS DEAD, THE DAUGHTERS OF CAIN, MORSE'S GREATEST MYSTERY and Other Stories, and DEATH IS NOW MY NEIGHBOR (April, 1998).


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