At 17 Bloxham Drive,Kidlington,Oxfordshire, a pretty 29-year old physiotherapist named Rachel James is shot almost point blank through the closed shade of her kitchen window early in the morning The shooting took place between 7:00 and 7:30 as the pony-tailed young woman was getting breakfast prior to heading to work, her head and upper body silhouetted in the window, as her assailant stood in her backyard.
Unfortunately, none of the other residents of Bloxham Drive can recall seeing anything suspicious that morning, including her immediate neighbour Geoffrey Owens at number 15, a newspaper reporter desperate for the scoop on this breaking news story that happened so close to his home.
Chief Inspector Morse, aided by Detective Sergent (DS) Lewis, soon discovers a cryptic 'seventeenth-century love poem by John Wilmo and a photograph of Rachel with a mysterious grey-haired man, clues which lead them to the prestigious Lonsdale College, where the rivalry between Julian Storrs and Dr. Dennis Cornford for the position of Master, to replace Sir Clixby Bream, is about to turn deadly. Why Rachel was killed remains a mystery – could it be a case of mistaken identity, or something mysterious with Bloxham Drive.
An enjoyable read in-between rain showers as book 5 week 3 - fiction 5 (2 on audio) non fiction 0
This is book 4. Last bus to Woodstock is the first Inspector Morse novel, and is more carefully plotted than many subsequent books in the series, as the reader is not deliberately led astray.
It is claimed that Colin Dexter starting writing what would become Last Bus to Woodstock on a 1972 family holiday in North Wales. Sitting in the kitchen on a rainy Saturday afternoon he committed to paper a few paragraphs regarding a detective named Morse. Knowing where it would be set in Oxford and from then onwards the great series of novels progresses.
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