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Service of All the Dead ❮BOOKS❯ ✻ Service of All the Dead ✴ Author Colin Dexter – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk MORSE IS THE MOST PRICKLY, CONCEITED, AND GENUINELY BRILLIANT DETECTIVE SINCE HERCULE POIROT The New York Times Book ReviewThis time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself He could have been MORSE IS THE MOST PRICKLY, CONCEITED, All the ePUB ↠ AND GENUINELY BRILLIANT DETECTIVE SINCE HERCULE POIROT The New York Times Book ReviewThis time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself He could have been vacationing in Greece instead of investigating a murder that the police have long since written off But he finds the crime the brutal killing of a suburban churchwarden fascinating In fact, he uncovers not one murder but two, for the fatal fall of St Frideswides vicar from Service of PDF/EPUB or the church tower Morse reckons to be murder as well And as he digs into the lives and unsanctified lusts of the late vicar s erring flock, the list of the dead grows longer Not even the oddly appealing woman he finds scrubbing the church floor can compensate Morse for the trouble he s let himself in for So he has another pint, follows his hunches, and sets out to untangle the deadly business of homicide A BRILLIANTLY PLOTTED of All the MOBI õ DETECTIVE STORY Evening Standard London WILY ELEGANT Observer London From the Paperback edition.

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Service of All the Dead
  • Colin Dexter
  • English
  • 05 July 2018
  • 0345483618

About the Author: Colin Dexter

Norman Colin Dexter was an English All the ePUB ↠ crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novelsHe started writing mysteries in during a family holiday We were in a little guest house halfway between Caernarfon and Pwllheli It was a Saturday and it was raining it s not unknown for it to rain in North Wales The children were moaning I was sitting at the kitchen table with nothing else to do, and I wrote the first few paragraphs of Service of PDF/EPUB or a potential detective novel Last Bus to Woodstock was published in and introduced the world to the character of Inspector Morse, the irascible detective whose penchants for cryptic crosswords, English literature, cask ale and Wagner reflect Dexter s own enthusiasms Dexter s plots are notable for his use of false leads and other red herringsThe success of the episodes of the TV series Inspector Morse, produced between and , brought further acclaim for Dexter In the of All the MOBI õ manner of Alfred Hitchcock, he also makes a cameo appearance in almost all episodes More recently, his character from the Morse series, the stalwart Sgt now Inspector Lewis features in episodes of the new ITV series Lewis As with Morse, Dexter makes a cameo appearance in several episodes Dexter suggested the English poet A E Housman as his great life on the BBC Radio programme of that name in May Dexter and Housman were both classicists who found a popular audience for another genre of writingDexter has been the recipient of several Crime Writers Association awards two Silver Daggers for Service of All the Dead in and The Dead of Jericho in two Gold Daggers for The Wench is Dead in and The Way Through the Woods in and a Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in In Dexter received a Macavity Award for his short story Evans Tries an O Level In , he was elected a member of the by invitation only Detection ClubIn , Dexter was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literatureFrom WikipediaSeries Inspector MorseAwards Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger Service of all the Dead The Dead of JerichoCrime Writers Association Gold Dagger The Wench is Dead The Way Through the Woods.



10 thoughts on “Service of All the Dead

  1. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    If you have never read an Inspector Morse novel, then this one might be a good one to start with Service of all the Dead is the fourth novel in the series, written in 1979 Colin Dexter now seems muchcomfortable with his creations The quality of writing is vastly improved too, and the plot is devious and nicely worked view spoiler There is not just one murder but 5 all told and even then one of these corpses turns out not to be who it appears hide spoiler The novel consists of If you have never read an Inspector Morse novel, then this one might be a good one to start with Service of all the Dead is the fourth novel in the series, written in 1979 Colin Dexter now seems muchcomfortable with his creations The quality of writing is vastly improved too, and the plot is devious and nicely worked view spoiler There is not just one murder but 5 all told and even then one of these corpses turns out not to be who it appears hide spoiler The novel consists of 4 books, all written in different styles, and each having Biblical type appellations such as The Book of Revelation This is a nice touch, since the novel itself centres around the church of St Frideswide s view spoiler the death of its churchwarden and falling from the tower of its vicar hide spoiler The first book sets up the plot, introducing all the characters involved, and relates their feelings towards each other, thereby hinting at possible motives for the murder Morse himself is introduced in the second book He should be on holiday, but is bored, and drifts into the case, correctly supposing that there is farto it than anyone has so far suspected Conveniently the inspector who should be in charge falls ill, so Morse is assigned the case Most of the action takes place in this section, which typically has Morse theorising about many possible scenarios, all of which are proved to be wrong asevidence comes to light.The final two books are written in a very different style Book 3 is a verbatim statement from one of the key witnesses, whereas the last book details the court proceedings.This novel is an interesting departure from the series so far Apart from its stylised form, there is also a fair bit of wry humour in Dexter s descriptions One example is when the worst excesses of High Church ceremonies and rituals are compared in a jocular fashion with moves in a football game The vocabulary used is often very droll because of the context in which Dexter uses it Humorous motifs are also introduced for instance, this is the first time we learn of Morse s reluctance to pay for his round at the pub This becomes a recurring theme throughout the series, as an irritating habit for Lewis to observe Morse, who is now 47 years old, is depictedas the familiar character we know from TV dramatisations He loves opera, beer and women He smokes or does heMorse either smoked addictively or not at all and had given up the habit on innumerable occasions It is this subtlety of suggestion which brings a smile to the reader s face We are beginning to know Morse, and to recognise his human weaknesses.The character remembers himself as a youngster, travelling around his local area with a book about churches and noting all the interesting features This hints at a lonely boyhood, and that he showed his cleverness at an early age Other interesting facts about him are revealed as the story develops view spoiler his fear and impotence at a road traffic accident, where he runs away and feels thoroughly ashamed of himself, his vertigo on the church tower, his squeamishness and reluctance to look at a corpse when his job requires it hide spoiler These are the obvious surprises in a character whom we already know to be flawed by his conceit and intolerant brusque manner with others Dexter puts it thus,It was a mark of Morse s genius that he could take hold of his weaknesses and almost miraculously transform them into his strengths In other words, because Morse knew full well the doubts and fears many of us have, he could empathise enough to reconstruct probable behaviour, and work out what must have happened in the past.His relationship with Sergeant Lewis is settling into a pattern Lewis still finds Morse intolerable at times his moodiness, coarseness and bad temper On at least one occasion Lewis stalks off slamming the door behind him, going in search of a fellow officer to whom he can let off steam But he has also begun to see that,Morse had a brilliant facility for seeing his way through the dark labyrinths of human motive and human behaviour, being relieved that he himself could carry on with his, usual pedestrian and perfunctory duties This is a nicely portrayed growth in the relationship, which parallels our own perception of how the characters are developing in the series It is a familiar pattern too that in a friendship one may bedynamic and volatile, while the other plods along calmly Both seem to need their counterpart, and that is what is happening here.The plot is ingenious It s clear very early on that there has been view spoiler a murder, but this eventually emerges as a misconception The man whom we thought was initially killed in the vestry was not Harry Josephs, the churchwarden but Philip Lawson, the brother of the vicar Lionel Lawson, who jumped from the church tower Or did he There is a delicious detail very near the end of the book, which casts doubt on whether this was a suicide Lionel, Harry and the organist Paul Morris had all been in on the plot to kill Philip Lawson, who although Lionel s brother, was now a blackmailer and a tramp, and a generally nasty piece of work The execution of the murder had been complicated and tricky Subsequently the ex commando Harry Josephs ended up by killing both Paul Morris and his son, probably also killing Lionel, plus Ruth Rawlinson, who hadn t really known what was going on, but whom he viewed as a security risk There cannot be many novels where the initial corpse ends up being the murderer hide spoiler All in all, a devious enjoyable read which bodes well for the rest of the series

  2. James Thane James Thane says:

    Chief Inspector Morse of the Oxford Homicide Division is supposed to be on vacation and he s thinking about a trip to the Greek Isles But then he stumbles onto a pair of mysterious deaths at a church in another division nearby The local officials have already written off the deaths as a murder followed by the suicide of the perpetrator They ve closed the books on both deaths, but something seems odd to Morse and so he begins digging into the situation, even though he s on vacation and even th Chief Inspector Morse of the Oxford Homicide Division is supposed to be on vacation and he s thinking about a trip to the Greek Isles But then he stumbles onto a pair of mysterious deaths at a church in another division nearby The local officials have already written off the deaths as a murder followed by the suicide of the perpetrator They ve closed the books on both deaths, but something seems odd to Morse and so he begins digging into the situation, even though he s on vacation and even though the detectives who originally investigated the case are not at all happy with his interference.Morse recruits his faithful sergeant, Lewis, and manages to take over the investigation It s an intriguing one in that the murder victim was a guy with a gambling problem who was also responsible for counting the collection plate every Sunday His alleged murderer was the pastor of the church There are adulterers running loose in the parish, a missing boy, a church organist who s disappeared, and a very attractive woman who scrubs the floors in the church.Although a confirmed bachelor, Morse is a man with an eye for the ladies He loves his classical music, his beer and his mysteries, and by the time he gets through sorting through this complicated situation, it could turn out to be the best vacation he s ever had Either that or the last.This is a very good book in one of my favorite British mystery series Morse is a great, if prickly, protagonist, and this book should appeal to those who like an intelligent, complex mystery novel

  3. Bettie Bettie says:

    rosado mp3Read by Terrence HardimanTotal Runtime 8 hours 10 minsDescription This time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself He could have been vacationing in Greece instead of investigating a murder that the police have long since written off But he finds the crime the brutal killing of a suburban churchwarden fascinating In fact, he uncovers not one murder but two, for the fatal fall of St Frideswides vicar from the church tower Morse reckons to b rosado mp3Read by Terrence HardimanTotal Runtime 8 hours 10 minsDescription This time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself He could have been vacationing in Greece instead of investigating a murder that the police have long since written off But he finds the crime the brutal killing of a suburban churchwarden fascinating In fact, he uncovers not one murder but two, for the fatal fall of St Frideswides vicar from the church tower Morse reckons to be murder as well And as he digs into the lives and unsanctified lusts of the late vicar s erring flock, the list of the dead grows longer Not even the oddly appealing woman he finds scrubbing the church floor can compensate Morse for the trouble he s let himself in for So he has another pint, follows his hunches, and sets out to untangle the deadly business of homicide 4 Last Bus to Woodstock Inspector Morse, 1 3 Last Seen Wearing Inspector Morse, 2 3 The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn Inspector Morse, 3 3 Service of All the Dead Inspector Morse, 4 3 The Dead of Jericho Inspector Morse, 5 3 The Wench Is Dead Inspector Morse, 8 3 Morse s Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

  4. Brian Brian says:

    I m a huge British mystery fan, I can t help it, it s a joy I cant escape in any format book, TV, or movie Inspector Morse is my all time favorite TV show, and for some reason I had not read through the novels before This book is superb I thought I knew what was happening from the first season episode of the same name from 1987, but Mr Dexter weaves a muchcomplicated tale, and had me doubting whether the book and the episode would match up in the end If you like mysteries of any sort, I m a huge British mystery fan, I can t help it, it s a joy I cant escape in any format book, TV, or movie Inspector Morse is my all time favorite TV show, and for some reason I had not read through the novels before This book is superb I thought I knew what was happening from the first season episode of the same name from 1987, but Mr Dexter weaves a muchcomplicated tale, and had me doubting whether the book and the episode would match up in the end If you like mysteries of any sort, READ THIS It was great

  5. Peter Castine Peter Castine says:

    Redeeming factors competently, at times even engagingly written reasonably complex plot although the main surprise is a common enough twist in whodunnits that I was considering it from fairly early on and a nice touch in that Morse doesn t get everything right, not even at the end That may be enough to get many readers through the book, perhaps even with considerable pleasure Dexter also gets an extra quarter star for using Oxford spelling and commas, and for having the protagonist ins Redeeming factors competently, at times even engagingly written reasonably complex plot although the main surprise is a common enough twist in whodunnits that I was considering it from fairly early on and a nice touch in that Morse doesn t get everything right, not even at the end That may be enough to get many readers through the book, perhaps even with considerable pleasure Dexter also gets an extra quarter star for using Oxford spelling and commas, and for having the protagonist insist on such fine points of letters But Dexter is locked into in the prejudices and preconceptions of an era that, one would have thought, had already passed by the mid 1970s Indeed, he seems to revel in the biases of a time that should have been bygone when he was writing In Dexter s world, men with a sexual preference for other men are immediately presumed to be pederasts There are no exceptions And Dexter seems to find it perfectly acceptable to describe the color of an article of clothing through a term of race long since derided as derogatory never mind that the N word covers such a wide variety of skin hues that I have no idea what the skirt in question actually looked like Finally, as in Dexter s other novels, women are uniformly passive and, seemingly, none able to say no to a sexual proposition, ever I realize that there are many acquiescent and easy women, but by the time of writing the sexual revolution had long since arrived and feminism was making headway, even in conservative Oxford Even a single female role displaying a bit of character or self determination would have made a welcome change OAPs who egregiously dominate their daughters don t count And recall that, although some streams of feminist thought encouraged sexual freedom, this was not identical to what Dexter s characters would consider wanton behavior Never mind that those characters would probably have not been able to tell the difference Authors will, of course, reflect the time in which they write Great authors, while reflecting their time are also able to, at least in one way or another, transcend it Dexter seems stuck in a world that had long since moved on Shame that

  6. Peggy Peggy says:

    Inspector Morse is a unique character He is very intelligent, but deeply flawed He lives in his head and that can be a liability He is acid tongued, intolerant of others, arrogant, and tends to let his imagination run wild How his subordinate Sergeant Lewis stands to work with him is anybody s guess But they have a Sherlock Watson relationship that works so well in these clever books In this book we begin by learning about the tawdry infidelities and other crimes among a group of parishi Inspector Morse is a unique character He is very intelligent, but deeply flawed He lives in his head and that can be a liability He is acid tongued, intolerant of others, arrogant, and tends to let his imagination run wild How his subordinate Sergeant Lewis stands to work with him is anybody s guess But they have a Sherlock Watson relationship that works so well in these clever books In this book we begin by learning about the tawdry infidelities and other crimes among a group of parishioners and the vicar at St Frideswides The organist is having an affair with the church warden s wife There are rumors the vicar likes choirboys a little too much The warden has a gambling problem and is stealing money from the offering plate The warden is murdered, the vicar jumps from the church s tower to his death Enter Morse He is not supposed to be investigating in fact, he is on vacation, but his mind cannot be idle and when he discovers the case that is not even in his jurisdiction, he starts asking questions anyway He enlists the help of Sergeant Lewis and together find another body on the roof of the church Now it really is his case and he spins theory after theory about the relationships and motives for all the main characters When another two bodies are revealed things really get complicated He finally gets a detailed confession and Lewis is relieved until Morse declares it bunk and there is stillto be discovered Complicated, this is an excellent book

  7. Sandi Sandi says:

    One of the better books in this series so far The plot revolved around a congregation of a high Anglican church and perhaps was a bit extreme but it was enjoyable reading how Morse was able to solve the various crimes.

  8. Emil Petersen Emil Petersen says:

    This is the second time I read Service of All the Dead , and I have somehow managed to forget how wonderful and relaxing the Morse series is Perfect for these corona quarantine days I am definitely going to read the series again I also discovered that I remember very little of the plot, so I imagine it will be like discovering the series again.

  9. Shabbeer Hassan Shabbeer Hassan says:

    An excellent twisty tale of murders in a church, and the irascible, sharp witted, blue eyed, ale loving Inspector Morse moves in to investigate along with DS Lewis The writing, plot structure and characterisations are better written compared to the previous ones in the series So, if you haven t read Inspector Morse mysteries before, this would be the perfect place to start off My Rating 5 5

  10. Penny Penny says:

    The fourth Morse book.I did not enjoy this as much as some of the others as I found the plot so convoluted that I had to keep stopping to remind myself who was doing what, where and why Even when I finished I could not have repeated the actual plot to someone else However, Morse is his usual irascible self and much of the plot is interesting if fiendishly difficult to follow maybe its just me

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