Service of All the Dead is the fourth novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series.
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 . . .
Service of All the Dead is followed by the fifth Inspector Morse book, The Dead of Jericho.
About the Author
Colin Dexter won many awards for his novels including the CWA Gold Dagger and Silver Dagger awards. In 1997 he was presented with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding services to crime literature. Colin's thirteenth and final Inspector Morse novel, The Remorseful Day, was published in 1999. He lived in Oxford until his death in 2017.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the story of a parish in Oxford along with murder, lies, infidelity, and a budding romance between a middle aged spinster and Morse. The interactions between Morse and Lewis were further developed in this, the 4th book in the series.As a fan of the Morse mysteries, both novels and the PBS series, I was dissatisfied with this one. First there were bodies all over the place, including a young boy. It took longer to get into the story and the solution to the murders (and one possible suicide) is a bit thin and mostly conjecture. If you a reading Morse for the first time, don¿t start with this title.
The Service of All the Dead is good solid Colin Dexter. Morse becomes enamored of, and then pulled into a strange killing carried out during a service at St Frideswide¿s church. As the investigation goes on ¿ and the killings add up ¿ it becomes clear there was a lot more going on in the parish than fetes and jumble sales. Although Dexter gets plenty cute in his plotting and red herrings, this one holds together quite well, and maintains its momentum right through to the end. An added bonus is a legitimate and attractive love interest for Morse; her character adds intrigue and depth to the story.Recommended.