"[Morse is] the most prickly, conceited, and genuinely brilliant detective since Hercule Poirot."
--The New York Times Book Review
Nicholas Quinn is deaf, so he considers himself lucky to be appointed to the Foreign Examinations Board at Oxford, which designs tests for students of English around the world. But when someone slips cyanide into Nicholas's sherry, Inspector Morse has a multiple-choice murder. Any one of a tight little group of academics could have killed Quinn. Before Morse is done, all their dirty little secrets will be exposed. And a murderer will be cramming for his finals. . . .
"[Dexter] is a magician with character, story construction, and the English language. . . . Colin Dexter and Morse are treasures of the genre."
"It is a delight to watch this brilliant, quirky man [Morse] deduce."
--Minneapolis Star & Tribune
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Colin Dexter lives in Oxford, England. He has twice won Britain's Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of the year--for The Wench Is Dead and The Way Through the Woods.From Library Journal:
Written in 1977, Dexter's third detective novel has Eton-educated, beer-drinking Inspector Morse investigating the murder of Nicholas Quinn, a deaf, newly hired staff member of the Foreign Examinations Syndicate. The Syndicate, which conducts "O" and "A" level examinations for overseas students, is being compromised. It seems someone in the small group of examiners is selling the test questions to the highest bidder. Now, each of the remaining members are suspects. The chief inspector must solve the puzzle of conflicting and corroborating alibis, timetables, and misdirections in order to pin down the killer. British actor Terrence Hardiman's narration is on the mark. This clever whodunit and its deceptive plot entertain and engage the reader. Purchase wherever detective and mystery tales are popular.-Kristin M. Jacobi, Eastern Connecticut State Univ., Willimantic
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