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The sweet countenance of Reason greeted Morse serenely when he woke and told him that it would be no bad idea to have a quiet look at the problem itself before galloping off to a solution.

Chief Inspector Morse was alone among the congregation in suspecting continued unrest in the quiet parish of St Frideswide's.

Most people could still remember the churchwarden's murder. A few could still recall the murderer's suicide. Now even the police had closed the case.

Until a chance meeting among the tombstones reveals startling new evidence of a conspiracy to deceive...

©2017 Colin Dexter (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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“Beware of Anglo-Catholics”

Well read by Samuel West, without silly voices. Just a good performance.
In “Brideshead Revisited” Charles Ryder’s priggish cousin Jasper gives him advice on how to behave as a student at Oxford (which Charles ignores, mostly, to the benefit of Waugh’s readers!)
“Beware the Anglo-Catholics, they’re all sodomites with unpleasant accents”.
The Anglo-Catholics in Dexter’s book are well worth avoiding, for many reasons - a tendency to murder, even during services would count rather higher than a middleclass or regional accent in my estimation!

All that incense, elaborate vestments, sung Eucharists and old-fashioned Confessionals - more Catholic than the Pope! - provide the background for a series of murders of sinners and innocent alike.

Morse is supposed to be on annual leave, but gets drawn into the unholy mystery by chance, first unofficially. He is often perplexed, but obsessional that he is, comes at last to a solution, albeit partial.

Poor old Lewis - it’s a trial to have a boss who hasn’t a happy domestic life!

It’s well written, has local colour, intrigue and suspense.

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