A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

76. Last Bus to Woodstock

Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter
First Inspector Morse mystery

Pages: 309
Finished: Apr. 26, 2008
First Published: 1975
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4.5/5

First Sentence:

"Let's wait just a bit longer, please," said the girl in dark-blue trousers and the light summer coat.

Reason for Reading: First in a Series Challenge. I was (still am) a big fan of the TV Show.

Comments: A young woman is found murdered in the parking lot of a small pub. Inspector Morse is partnered with Sergeant Lewis for the first time and they work the case. Lewis finds Morse's tactics often strange and somewhat difficult to work with at times. This is a brilliant and clever British police procedural. Being very familiar with the TV Show I found the characters to be a bit different than they are portrayed on the screen. Morse is younger and Lewis is several years older than Morse for a start! Once I realized, and accepted, that Morse was different than I was familiar with I was hooked. This is top-notch British detection and it doesn't get much better than this. I was riveted and the mystery kept me guessing until the very end. Morse is a man who loves opera, a stiff drink and women and is a detective who sits down and thinks his way through a case while he sends his underlings out to pound the pavement. I also really enjoyed the seventies atmosphere with Morse drinking and smoking whenever he wants and the attitudes concerning the long haired men and Women's Lib. This compelling, page-turning mystery is recommended.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of those series I've been meaning to read for years - your review has bumped it up on the pile. It sounds really good - thanks!