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The Riddle of the Third Mile [Format Kindle]

Colin Dexter

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The thought suddenly occurred to Morse that this would be a marvellous time to murder a few of the doddery old bachelor dons. No wives to worry about their whereabouts; no landladies to whine about the unpaid rents. In fact nobody would miss most of them at all . . . By the 16th of July the Master of Lonsdale was concerned, but not yet worried. Dr Browne-Smith had passed through the porter’s lodge at approximately 8.15 a.m. on the morning of Friday, 11th July. And nobody had heard from him since. Plenty of time to disappear, thought Morse. And plenty of time, too, for someone to commit murder . . .

Book Description

"[Morse is] the most prickly, conceited, and genuinely brilliant detective since Hercule Poirot."
--The New York Times Book Review

Inspector Morse isn't sure what to make of the truncated body found dumped in the Oxford Canal, but he suspects it may be all that's left of an elderly Oxford don last seen boarding the London train several days before. Whatever the truth, the inspector knows it won't be simple--it never is. As he retraces Professor Browne-Smith's route through a London netherworld of topless bars and fancy bordellos, his forebodings are fulfilled. The evidence mounts; so do the bodies. So Morse downs another pint, unleashes his pit bull instincts, and solves a mystery that defies all logic.

"[Dexter] is a magician with character, story construction, and the English language. . . . Colin Dexter and Morse are treasures of the genre."
--Mystery News

"It is a delight to watch this brilliant, quirky man deduce."
--Minneapolis Star & Tribune

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 480 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 292 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0330451243
  • Editeur : Pan; Édition : New Ed (10 février 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0330451243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330451246
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pure vintage Inspector Morse. 24 août 2001
Par Leonard L. Wilson - Publié sur
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
When the trunk of a dismembered body is fished out of the canal, Inspector Morse is almost certain that it is Oxford don Browne-Smith, who has recently dropped out of sight. But then a letter, purportedly written by that don, indicates that perhaps the body is that of a different don. But then perhaps the letter is deliberately misleading, and the remains may be Browne-Smith after all. This is one of the most perplexing of the Morse mysteries. The apparent motive is supplied in a World War 2 flashback at the beginning of the novel, when Browne-Smith's cowardice prevents the saving of a soldier who could be the younger brother of a set of twins in the same tank unit, who are now seeking revenge after all these years. But as the novel progresses, the possible identity of the headless, handless, legless corpse keeps changing, and as soon as a new candidate appears, his readily identifiable body pops up elsewhere, until all the probabilities seem to be exhausted. Don't bother trying to guess the outcome of this novel. Just try to keep up with the sudden changes. Morse is at his best here, unraveling the bewildering texture of this complex mystery thread by thread. The characterizations are excellent, and although the overall plot is a bit incredible, it is handled in Dexter's usual smooth style. This is one of the best of the Morse series.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Going Down For the Third Time 9 décembre 2000
Par Joseph Furshong - Publié sur
Was it that I wasn't paying attention? Or was it that this Colin Dexter novel just wasn't as well written as his others? An avid Inspector Morse fan (to the extent of visiting the sites of several of his books in Oxford) I struggled with this one. A very clever double identity premise is doubled again. Then redoubled? I'm not sure. I got lost in the middle and by the time I turned the last page I just shook my head. Despite my going down for the third time on this one, I continue to enjoy the irascible Morse and the ploddingly faithful Lewis. And of course I'll read the next Colin Dexter.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Good start, poor execution. 16 mai 1998
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Twin brothers, a fifty year old grievance, and an anagram set the stage for another adventure with Chief Inspector Morse. A good start, but the rush to the conclusion in the last two chapters causes the otherwise intriguing story line to collaspe into a shambles. A poor performance by Colin Dexter ruins a potentially good book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 There Are Better Inspector Morse Books Out THere 6 décembre 2010
Par John F. Rooney - Publié sur
"The Riddle of the Third Mile" is one of the most confusing, convoluted, complicated, nonsensical and absurd of the Inspector Morse books I have read. We know that Colin Dexter is a crossword puzzle expert and a puzzle aficionado, but this one takes the reader for a ride that is just too fanciful and nutty to buy into. Mysteries should be mysterious, but they need not be ridiculously tangled.
A torso, headless and limbless, is discovered in a canal. Who is it, and why has he been chopped up? Inspector Morse and his minion Sergeant Lewis have a mixture of suspects and victims: two Oxford professors/dons who hate each other, and twin brothers out to get revenge for their brother's betrayal and death in the North African campaign during World War II.
Alexander Browne-Smith looks like the ideal candidate to be the murder victim. He has had a running feud with his fellow-don George Westerby, and Alfred and Albert Gilbert are the twins who are out to get him.
Obfuscation is the name of the game as we trudge through the swamp of a plot. One saving grace is the humorous by-play between Morse and Lewis and the author's sly and comic skills. Morse is a pompous know-it-all who needs someone like Lewis to keep him tethered to reality. Lewis in this book is a competent investigator on his own. Perhaps that's why he has his own TV series now that Morse is gone.
Read it if you must, but there are better Inspector Morse tales out there.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Fisherman's Blues 18 octobre 2011
Par Craobh Rua - Publié sur
Colin Dexter was born in 1930 and, over the course of his writing career, has won CWA Gold Dagger and Silver Dagger awards. "The Dead of Jericho" was first published in 1981 and is the sixth book to feature the famous Inspector Morse.

In 1942, three brothers - Albert, Alfred and John Gilbert - were in North Africa with the Royal Wiltshires, gearing up for the Battle of El Alamein. All were tank-drivers, though there tanks were worryingly nicknamed "Tommycookers". (The nickname stemmed from the tanks' tendency to burst into flame after being hit). Tragically John, the youngest, didn't survive the battle - though it was only later that Albert thinks he may have witnessed his brother's death. On the battlefield, Albert had tried to open the hatch of a burning tank to rescue the driver inside - though couldn't manage it by himself. However, he was certain he'd have succeeded with help : unfortunately, Lt Browne-Smith - who was lurking nearby - was too scared to approach the flames. In time, Albert becomes convinced he'd heard John's voice inside the tank...and comes to blame the Lieutenant for his brother's death. Now, many years later, he's stumbled across Browne-Smith again.

Now sixty-seven, the Lieutenant has been living in Oxford for many years. He's spent his time lecturing at the University, though is soon to retire. (It's not widely known, but he's not in good health either : in fact, if his doctor's to be believed, the university won't have to pay his pension too long). Browne-Smith has proven to be as unpopular at Oxford as he was in the Gilbert household. The staff see him as an over-fussy pedant, while the students have nicknamed him "Malaria". Still, with the summer term now completed, everyone should be happy enough to see him potter off. In fact, having received a mysterious letter, Browne-Smith is heading off to London - apparently to sample the sordid delights of Soho.

The following week, Morse is invited over for a bite to eat by Browne-Smith's boss, the Master of Lonsdale College. Although the pair didn't get on, the Master is a little worried that something may have happened to Browne-Smith. He still hasn't returned to Oxford and a note, allegedly written by Browne-Smith, has been handed into the college's lodge. Both the Master and Morse suspect - and when a body turns up floating in a nearby canal, Morse immediately suspects it's Malaria. However, it's hard to be sure, given that the head, hands and legs are all missing...

I enjoy a good laugh, but I'm not sure I'm supposed to be laughing at a police procedural. The attempts at the Australian and the faux-French accents early in the book were just a bad idea. At one point, Morse "read in utter silence, as totally engrossed, it seemed as a dedicated pornophilist in a sex-shop." This follows up on Browne-Smith's adventures with some "high-class harlotry." (I had to check the book's title a couple of times, I thought I was reading "Carry On Up The Cherwell"). Morse himself...well, he seems to solve his cases by drinking, letching and doing the crossword. Easily read overall, but there are better books out there.
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