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Last Bus to Woodstock By Colin Dexter,

  • Title: Last Bus to Woodstock
  • Author: Colin Dexter
  • ISBN: 9780553277777
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoons edition of the Oxford Mail By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous manfacing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault and rape But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes and convinced that passion holdsThe death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoons edition of the Oxford Mail By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous manfacing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault and rape But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes and convinced that passion holds the key.
    Last Bus to Woodstock The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoons edition of the Oxford Mail By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous m

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    1. Suffering from Morse deprivation on the TV I decided to reread all Colin Dexter s novels, in order this time This first one,Last Bus To WoodstockI found a little disappointing It is very much of its time as regards prevailing attitudes to women, and Colin Dexter s masculinity is rather too present In fact it feels rather oldfashioned even for 1975 like the late 60 s It would be interesting to see if this series is still around in another couple of decades time.Having said that, it is a fiendish [...]

    2. The first book in the series that brought us the great television series starring John Thaw as the irascible yet brilliant Inspector Morse, a spin off with Inspector Lewis and a prequel series, Endeavour, leaves me, well, underwhelmed As a police procedural it is okay but not something that will remain long in my memory To its credit, the plot was sufficiently complex to keep me guessing, incorrectly, until the very end I expected Morse to be quirky yet brilliant I guess he was that but there we [...]

    3. This is the book that introduced Colin Dexter s famous protagonist, Chief Inspector Morse of the Oxford Homicide Division Morse is a confirmed bachelor who is attracted to women, liquor and complex homicide investigations Here we also meet the man who would be Morse s sidekick throughout the series, the much put upon Sergeant Lewis.As the book opens, two attractive young women are waiting for a bus One of them, Sylvia Kaye, grows impatient and decides to hitch a ride instead She is later discove [...]

    4. It s summer I m reading mysteries and this was grand As I reflected a day later, though, on the characters, I thought of how every single man, despite his flaws, was an engaging character of some sympathy, even the young man addicted to porn His mother loved him, remember But the women, without exception, were protrayed in a negative light None of them seemed lovable I checked the publication date 1975 Depressing How much of this did we absorb as young women The other factor which makes the myst [...]

    5. This is the first book of a series of Detective Chief Inspector Morse It was well written and kept the attention of the reader The plot was very difficult to follow But, the writing was so interesting and captivating you as the reader had to keep reading until the end Chief Inspector Morse appears to be dumbfounded and Sergeant Lewis seems to be at his wits end when the pieces of the puzzle start to fit together and the killer is revealed Sylvia Kaye is murdered behind a pub and not much evidenc [...]

    6. It s a bit hard to rate this book One the one hand there are things that make it quite clear that this book was written in the 70sd by things I mean some blatant sexism While it fortunately never goes so far to blame the murdered girl for getting murdered it becomes quite clear that both Morse and Lewis clearly disapprove of her lifestyle choices i.e being sexually active and there are somne cringeworthy conclusions she didn t wear a bra Perhaps she was a prostitute which leave a bad taste.Now i [...]

    7. Last Bus to Woodstock is the first book in the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter The book opens with two young women waiting at the bus stop planning to catch the last bus to Woodstock However, after they are told that there are no buses to Woodstock that night, they decide to hitch a ride Within hours, one of the young women is found dead in the parking lot of a pub in Woodstock.While the story was generally interesting and proved to be a challenge to solve, I was less than happy with the [...]

    8. I was unsure of what to expect when approaching Colin Dexter Would he be an heir of Christie, Sayers, even P.D James Would this book be a murder mystery, a police procedural, a combination, something else entirely It was a combination, as it turned out, and a pretty decent one at that.I recently reviewed P.D James s Cover Her Face, in which I didn t really mention the police procedural aspect of the storytelling I wonder whether that was the turning point for detective fiction when the detective [...]

    9. Te critics are right you may have seen Chief Inspector Morse on Masterpiece Mystery , but you won t truly know him until you have read him This book was a delight A complex mystery with twists, turns, loads of red herrings, and an outcome that was unexpected on several levels The ultimate delights, howver, were in getting to know Chief Inspector Morse and his patient, stalwart sidekick Sergeant Lewis This is the first of many Morse mysteries, so we see Morse as a relatively young man taking on L [...]

    10. Written in 1975, this is the first Inspector Morse mystery I had never read any of the Morse novels before and have never seen the tv series, so I had no preconceptions about this book and no knowledge about it, except that it was set in Oxford Inspector Morse himself is a slightly grumpy, bad tempered and elusive leading character and the author was obviously feeling his way with him Sergeant Lewis, who works with him on the case, seems both a grounded and less troubled character.The novel beg [...]

    11. Ah, there s something about a classic British murder mystery, whether it be from P D James, Agatha Christie, or as in the present case, Colin Dexter This is the first of he Inspector Morse series and he first for me from this author It put me in the mind of the aforementioned legends of the genre, which is a high compliment indeed The author lays down a surfeit of clues and red herrings, enough to keep one from becoming too confident about deciphering the culprit s until the very end And just wh [...]

    12. Decided I d try this, since it s Inspector Morse and I used to catch some of that on TV when my grandad was watching it But it seems almost incoherently written I know I ve defended Jeffery Deaver s attention to detail, but that s when he s writing about the forensics department I don t think Lewis and Morse care much at all about the girl s dark blue trousers and light summer coat.And the attitudes to women gah Not even hateful, most of the time, just casually dismissive Morse as a character is [...]

    13. Well, I can see why a TV producer thought that the characters in this book were interesting enough to bring to the screen, but I did not enjoy this book Yes, the sexism was annoying, but I could forgive that as being a product of its time 1975 What I especially didn t like was how much of the evidence was hidden from the reader Morse would talk to someone, and the author would not write about what was said Or Morse would read a ledger, and we wouldn t get to see what was on it So much was hidden [...]

    14. This is the first in the Inspector Morse series I enjoyed these books for not only the mystery, but for Morse himself and his relationship with his colleague, Lewis Morse is a snob who drinks too much, loves opera, and is very protective of his Jaguar Poor Lewis, his long suffering sergeant, admires Morse s talents for solving the cases, but recognizes that Morse has serious flaws There s often an undertone of classism as suspects stereotype Morse as working class and Morse returns their disdain [...]

    15. A book that reeks of 1975 Horny, hard drinking Morse falls for a murder suspect 20 years his junior Also, a man and a woman in bed together raise important metaphysical questions about rape Man Do you believe a young girl can get raped Woman It must be jolly difficult for the man.Man Mm.Woman Have you ever raped a woman Man I could rape you, any day of the week.Woman But I wouldn t let you I wouldn t put up any resistance Peterrape me again

    16. I can t stand when a mystery is solved in the end with information not previously given to the reader Part of the enjoyment of reading mysteries is trying to figure out what has happened while the story progresses If the author keeps vital information from the reader, that is impossible.

    17. This is my first Inspector Morse Experience Written in a typical British literaturesque style, Last Bus To Woodstock definitely catches the cold and dark mood of the plot Mr Dexter reminds us of a dark England with the trademark characteristics of the Oxford community Middle aged men and sultry women form the cast of this book It reminds you of the lazy English life where lots of theoretical work flow and bitter ale seem to be commanding the lifestyle all around Passion, love and lust form the p [...]

    18. The plot of Last Bus to Woodstock is not worth four stars but Dexter s writing is for sure Morse was not likable character in this first book of series for me He did not leave much impression here I have read few books in series and that s where I liked him better Lewis is perfect gentleman and I think his character is most consistent throughout whole series.The story is not one of the best, ending unfathomable, Morse and Sue s romance very movie ish The best thing about Dexter s writing is his [...]

    19. This is the first in the Inspector Morse series and introduces us to Morse and Sgt Lewis, who joins Morse for the first time in this book I ve been watching the TV Series based on the books, and oddly enough this was the 5th in the TV series Morse is much like he is in the TV series, although there are also some differences, his looks, his car, etc I enjoyed the mystery, the pacing and how Morse goes about solving the crime He still likes his beer and his women Excellent introduction to the seri [...]

    20. In this the first Inspector Morse mystery Morse and Sergeant Lewis combine to solve the brutal murder of a young and sexy woman What is incredible to me is that Colin Dexter, whom I ve had the great pleasure of meeting, wrote this book on a kitchen table while on holiday He then blindly sent it around to the publishers and hit the proverbial jackpot This was a re read for me, I originally read it in the 90 s.

    21. Inspector Morse isI m just going to be frank, a dick He snaps at Sergent Lewis and all the other police officers anytime there isn t any evidence right in front of his face He drinks on the job and is a creep on any woman who may be a witness or connected to the case The only reason I rated it so highly was because the mystery was great, it kept me guessing until the end and ended with an unexpected twist.

    22. Eerily nostalgic murder mystery with elements of suspense, humor, mystery and complexity in everything from the characters to the scenery.

    23. I am a big fan of the Inspector Morse TV series, and its spin off Lewis , and yet I had never read any of the novels by Colin Dexter which inspired the shows I had heard that they were good old fashioned murder mysteries with clever plots, which is something I am always hunting for, and so I thought I d give them a go.The first book in the series, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975, and so it reads like historical fiction now The plot depends on a warning letter being hand delivered be [...]

    24. Working my way up to write my first mystery novel, I ve decided to read a few to get a taste for how different authors approach the matter Having tried Agatha Christie, therefore, I ve turned to Colin Dexter and this, the first of his Inspector Morse novels.I already knew to expect some deviation from the television portrayal of Morse Dominic Sandbrook in his books on the 1970s occasionally refers to Dexter s work to show how the sexual politics of a different age were reflected in its literatur [...]

    25. My first experience of Morse I used to watch the TV programme and was always worried that the books would be too much for me too clever that t not to say that I m not bright I read to relax, I don t necessarily want to think too much about what I read I shouldn t have been so worried This was such an easy read I must admit though I had the voice of John Thaw in my head most of the time but the Morse that appears on paper is certainly not the Morse that subsequently appeared on screen.Morse is su [...]

    26. Like many, I suspect, I came to Inspector Morse through the BBC series starring John Thaw The original novels don t disappoint In this his first book Morse is described as a man facing middle age, thin, and dark haired In this story he meets the long suffering Lewis and investigates the murder of Sylvia Kaye Ms Kaye was apparently raped and murdered in the car park of a pub in Woodstock, after having missed the bus and instead hitchhiked there There are obvious suspects, but of course all is not [...]

    27. The first Morse novel,from 1975,introduces the urbane enigmatic Oxford detective,with his uninspired though dogged assistant,Sgt.Lewis.Who would have thought at the time that by the 2000s,these two characters would have become such stalwarts of television crime Morse quickly establishes his ground rules in dealing with what looks like a sex murder, but turns out to be something far complex Morse who we all know now won t answer to his baptismal name,Endeavour shows himself to be a flawed but de [...]

    28. I am afraid that I am not a fan of Inspector Morse, the Oxford detective in charge of investigating the murder of a young woman in this, the first novel of a series of novels written about him by Colin Dexter Though an Anglophile with an abiding respect for the mystery novel, I just can t endorse this novel with a plodding investigation involving a few Oxford dons, a small business office, and a few nurses at a hospital, conducted thoroughly and with a small amount of endearing attitude by the d [...]

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