Dr. Mathew Brewster's suicide takes a particular twist when the pathologist determines that he had also been bound and gagged. The Brewsters, both medical doctors, ran a private clinic and their son John, who lived at home, is doctoral candidate in philosophy. One possible suspect is Michael Steppings who threatened the Brewsters and their nurse after his daughter suffered severe side-effects and is now in a vegetative state from a botched operation two years previously. The forensics lab determines that one of Steppings's threatening letters was altered and Morse learns that Brewster may at one time been having an affair, so he must consider another possible motive for murder. Written by
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The book that Michael Steppings reads to his comatose daughter in the hospital is Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. The pony referred to is Merrylegs. See more
He was monstrous, Chief Inspector. Monstrous.
Chief Inspector Morse
Was he, Mr. Brewster? Your parents and Nurse Hazlitt ruined his daughter's life. And for no other reason than to save money. You knew that and you stood by them. If Michael Steppings was monstrous, Mister Brewster, he was made monstrous.