Service of All the Dead (Inspector Morse 4) by Colin Dexter

By Colin Dexter

"[MORSE IS] the main PRICKLY, immodest, AND really fabulous DETECTIVE in view that HERCULE POIROT."
--The ny occasions publication Review
This time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself. He might have been touring in Greece rather than investigating a homicide that the police have lengthy when you consider that written off. yet he reveals the crime--the brutal killing of a suburban churchwarden--fascinating. in truth, he uncovers now not one homicide yet , for the deadly fall of St. Frideswides vicar from the church tower Morse reckons to be homicide to boot. And as he digs into the lives and unsanctified lusts of the overdue vicar's erring flock, the record of the useless grows longer. no longer even the oddly attractive girl he reveals scrubbing the church flooring can compensate Morse for the difficulty he is allow himself in for. So he has one other pint, follows his hunches, and units out to untangle the lethal company of murder. . . .
--Evening commonplace (London)
--Observer (London)

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Bus into Summertown, where he walked into the licensed betting-office and studied the card at Lingfield Park. He noticed that by some strange coincidence The Organist was running in the two-thirty, and Poor Old Harry in the four o'clock. He wasn't usually over-influenced by names, but when he recalled his lack of success through undue reliance on the form-book he suspected that it might have been more profitable if he had been. In the ante-post betting odds, The Organist was one of the co-favourites, and Poor Old Harry wasn't even quoted.

He felt his heart pounding as he rang another number - another Kidlington number. He'd give the bloody pair a fright! If only he could drive a car! The phone rang and rang and he was just beginning to wonder . . when it was answered. ' (Just that. No more. ' 'Electricity Board 'ere, sir. Is it convenient for us to come along, sir? ' 'Aye. ' 'Er - er - no, I'm afraid not. I've just called in home for a second to get a - er - book. It's lucky you caught me, really. But I'm due back at school - er - straightaway.

Not only did he wish Josephs out of the way: he would be positively happy to see him dead. ' It was the caretaker, and Morris knew better than to argue. It was a quarter past four, and Peter would be home. The regular Friday evening fish and chips, liberally vinegared and blotched with tomato sauce, were finished, and they stood together at the kitchen sink, father washing, son drying. Although Morris had thought long and hard about what he would say, it was not going to be easy. He had never before had occasion to speak to his son about matters connected with sex; but one thing was quite certain: he had to do so now.

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