Detective Chief Inspector Morse meets Anne Scott at a party hosted by Mrs Murdoch in North Oxford. Six months later, he finds her hanging in the kitchen of her house in Jericho. What first seems to be suicide later turns out to be murder and soon Inspector Morse is questioning suspects.

The grumpy detective, who spends his off-duty time solving crosswords, drinking ale and listening to classical musical, is assisted in his investigation by his industrious sidekick Sergeant Lewis.

The Inspector Morse books, which were written by Colin Dexter, were adapted for television between 1987 and 2001. Further TV series were later made with Lewis as the central character.


You can buy this story as a graded reader book. It is suitable for B2 (Upper-Intermediate) level learners of English. Get the book here.


suicide, noun [C, U], the act of killing yourself
turn out, phrasal verb, to have a particular result, especially one that you did not expect
suspect, noun [C], someone who is thought to be guilty of a crime
grumpy, adjective, bad-tempered and easily annoyed
off-duty, adjective, not working, used for someone like a police office, nurse or soldier
ale, noun, [C], a kind of beer
sidekick, noun [C], informal, someone who spends time with or helps another person

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