Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Nicholas Quinn, a hard of hearing Oxford examiner who had recently complained to his superior that others in the examination syndicate were selling secrets. Quinn died of cyanide poisoning but Morse is convinced that this is a case of murder, not suicide. When a second prominent member of the syndicate is killed, Morse looks to the other members for the murderer. What he finds is a maze of deceit and office adultery. Written by
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The pathologist Max states that Nicholas Quinn had been dead four or five days before being discovered, but the body is still pink, not drained of color as it would be when the blood settled near floor level. It would have been an easy matter to simulate this on the actor playing Quinn using make-up. See more
Detective Sergeant Lewis
So he did kill Nicholas Quinn.
Chief Inspector Morse
Or did he, did he? Nah! How could he have done? He set the best crosswords in England.