Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

Published April 15, 2015

Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

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The first book of the Inspector Morse series takes in a tragic murder of a young girl who was hitch-hiking with a friend from Oxford to Woodstock. I’m not sure what prompted me to check this book out, as I haven’t actually seen the TV series, but there’s nothing wrong with going straight to the source material.

I quite enjoyed the mystery, the twists and turns of the story. I think the whodunit part was quite obvious but the whydunit wasn’t quite so easy to guess. Morse and Lewis have the beginnings of a love/hate working relationship which is always good to see, although I did struggle with Morse on occasion. He seemed to fall in love quite quickly, and also, those moments where he was being obnoxiously obtuse didn’t just irritate Lewis, they made me feel disinclined to stick with him.

That being said, the book I picked up was in an omnibus of the first three, so I’ll keep reading. These long-running characters often take a couple of stories to bed in.

Rating: Unrated

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