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Service of All the Dead  
Author Colin Dexter
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Inspector Morse series, #4
Genre(s) crime novel
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date 18 October 1979
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 256p.
ISBN 0333270029
OCLC Number 6435109
Preceded by The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn
Followed by The Dead of Jericho

Service of All the Dead is a crime novel by Colin Dexter, the fourth novel in Inspector Morse series.


Publication history

  • 1979, London: Macmillan ISBN 0333270029, Pub date 18 October 1979, Hardback


The novel descibes a series of murders in and around St. Frideswide's Cornmarket,which corresponds to St Mary Magdalen Church, Magdalen Street rather than the tiny St Michael's Cornmarket. The real St. Frideswide's is on Botley Road, Oxford.


Rev Lionel Lawson, parish priest, possibly gay.

Philip Lawson, a tramp and his brother.

Harry Josephs, a churchwarden, apparently stealing from the church collection box.

Barbara Josephs, his wife, a nurse.

Paul Morris, widower, local music teacher, also organist and choir master.

Peter Morris, his 12 year old son.

Miss Ruth Rawlinson, who cleans the Church and lives with her elderly disabled mother.

At the start of the novel, Barbara is having an affair with Paul and Ruth with Harry.

Sources, references, external links

  • Bishop, David, The Complete Inspector Morse: From the Original Novels to the TV Series London: Reynolds & Hearn (2006) ISBN 1905287135
  • Bird, Christopher, The World of Inspector Morse: A Complete A-Z Reference for the Morse Enthusiast Foreword by Colin Dexter, London: Boxtree (1998) ISBN 0752221175


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