Welcome to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, whereby we gather once a month to discuss our thoughts about the books we've read over the previous month.
This month I actually read two whole books! I say that with a touch of sarcasm since I have been a horrible reader this year but whatever. Anyway, this month, I bought for my kindle the first three Inspector Morse books.
Ordinarily, I don't read mysteries much, but for some reason I had a hankering (okay, so maybe I had a little idea for a mystery of my own and in searching for a name for my Chief Inspector of the Arcane Crimes Unit I came across the name of Morse, which led me to Inspector Morse - a show based on the books by Colin Dexter. It also occurred to me that maybe reading a mystery or two would be a good idea if I planned on writing one). After buying I immediately read the first two books: Last Bus to Woodstock and Last Seen Wearing.
The first book centers on the murder of Sylvia Kaye who was last seen hitching a
ride with another girl. Morse is sure the other hitchhiker can tell him
much of what he needs to know. But his confidence is shaken by the cool
inscrutability of the girl he's certain was Sylvia's companion on that
ill-fated September evening.
The second book centers on the investigation of Valerie Taylor who has been missing since she was seventeen, more
than two years ago. Inspector Morse believes she's dead. But if so,
who forged the letter to her parents saying "I am alright so don't
worry"? Never has a woman provided Morse with such a challenge, for each
time the pieces of the jigsaw start falling into place, someone
scatters them again.
I stayed up past my bed time reading both books but I definitely enjoyed the second one better. There were so many twists and turns in that investigation and the ending was quite surprising. I also found Inspector Morse an interesting if not always entirely likable character (he can be very short with his partner, Lewis and good lord he drinks too much - on the job!). But he's very persistent and he has this sixth sense about things being off. This doesn't always lead him to the correct conclusion right off, which means we get to follow him around while he follows the clues and his own false assumptions.
If you like mysteries you might like these books though keep in mind they're a bit dated - 1976. I think I might check out the show, too, which apparently a lot of people like.
Have you read any of the Inspector Morse books? Watched the show? Like mysteries?
Have a great weekend all and I'll be back on Monday with news :)