GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – If, like me, you are addicted to those charismatic Morse crime mysteries, or those of his sidekick and successor, Lewis, or if you are a crossword aficionado, you will be unable to resist this newly-published book by Paul Taylor.
Paul Taylor has provided the most detailed account of the habits, opinions, loves and hates of Inspector Morse from all the available written sources. While fictional television programmes may be marvellously produced, directed, scripted and acted they must remain forever fictional and have no part in this book – which is based on the real Morse, the real Lewis and Strange, the very real Oxford, and a large number of crimes (particularly murder). No details, however, are provided of the solutions to those crimes.
Among the many interesting discoveries made by Taylor are the true Christian name of Lewis, a sample of Morse’s handwriting, the exact location of Lonsdale College in Oxford, the dates of all the cases investigated, and an exact timetable of the events leading to the demise of the Chief Inspector.
The companion is arranged alphabetically – from the AA to Zeta III (the Barotse Chief) – with detailed entries on Morse, Lewis, Strange, and crosswords. The A – Z is followed by a number of appendices including crosswords devoted to Morse (and their solutions); a list of all people, brand names, and organisations mentioned in the cases; a complete gazetteer of all places; each and every public house; and explanatory notes on many of the quotations discovered in the text. There is also an extensive bibliography.
Thus is an essential volume for anyone interested in Morse and Oxford, in crime and its detection, and in the celebration of Colin Dexter’s skill.
The book is available on Amazon from the 1st of February 2016, at www.baker-street-studios.com, or direct from the publishers at Endeavour House, 170 Woodland Road, Sawston, Cambridgeshire CB22 3XX (01233 473025).
Pages 304 including illustrations
Published The Irregular Special Press