GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Which of us has not loved the books of Colin Dexter, identified with Inspector Morse and the wonderful portrayal of him by John Thaw. Lewis and his side kick are firm favourites too in our household. We share Morse’s love of music and his interest in crosswords, though we are invariably amazed that Oxford and its colleges can be the scene of so many murders.
What a pleasure to find that our addiction is only minor when compared with Paul Taylor’s. Here, in Inspector Morse A Literary Companion we have ‘An A – Z guide to the books of Colin Dexter’, and it really is just that.
In alphabetical order, we read from AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) where Morse explains to Lewis the difference between an alcoholic and a dipsomaniac (a dipsomaniac like Morse has never tried to give up alcohol) to Z (Zeta III A Paramount Barotse chief. The iron-bladed gut cutter …)
The book is comprehensive and a work of art in itself, for example, the thirty pages of the Morse entry, guiding us via his cars, his music loves, his reading, his dreams and his likes and dislikes – it’s a box of delights that you can dip into at any point or simply read with that warm feeling of being re-acquainted with an old friend.
Inspector Morse A Literary Companion is a must for any Morse lover.