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The Dead of Jericho  
TheDeadOfJericho first.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Colin Dexter
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Inspector Morse series, #5
Genre(s) crime novel
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date 4 June 1981
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 224 pp
ISBN ISBN 0333317289
OCLC Number 8900702
Preceded by Service of All the Dead
Followed by The Riddle of the Third Mile

The Dead of Jericho is a work of English detective fiction by Colin Dexter, as part of the Inspector Morse series.

Plot summary

Detective Chief Inspector E. Morse of the Thames Valley Police meets Anne Scott at a party hosted by Mrs. Murdoch in North Oxford. Six months later Anne Scott is found hanging in her kitchen at 9 Canal Reach, Jericho, Oxford. Initially Chief Inspector Bell, from the closer Oxford Central station on St. Aldate's Street, is assigned to the case. But a fortnight later Morse takes over the investigation and subsequently both of Mrs. Murdoch's sons, Edward "Ted" Murdoch and Michael Murdoch, as well as Anne Scott's former employers, brothers Charles Richards and Conrad Richards, and Charles's wife, Celia, come to the attention of Morse. As do Ms Scott's neighbors, including the nosy handyman George Jackson, and Sophocles's Oedipus.

Television adapations

"The Dead of Jericho" is the very first instalment of the Inspector Morse TV series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately (as Detective Sergeant Lewis). Filmed in 1986 it aired 6 January 1987. Anne's last name of Scott was changed to Staveley, and the part was played by Gemma Jones. The first names of the three Richards where changed to Anthony "Tony" (James Laurenson), Alan (Richard Durden), and Adele (Annie Lambert), making the "C"s into "A"s. Edward "Ted" Murdoch was changed to Ned Murdoch (Spencer Leigh). Patrick Troughton in one of his final roles, plays George Jackson. Anthony Minghella wrote the episode and it was directed by Alastair Reid.

References

  • Dexter, Colin (1981). The Dead of Jericho (1st ed. ed.). London: Macmillan. ISBN 0333317289.  
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