DI Lewis is less than pleased when he and DS Hathaway are assigned to protect Nicky Turnbull, a former criminal turned successful author. Turnbull had actually cheated two Oxford colleges in his computer scam and had received death threats. Turnbull is everything Lewis dislikes but he grits his teeth does the job. Turnbull is in Oxford to make a speech at the request of the Students Union but things take a serious turn when Jo Gilchrist, a student and a member of Turnbull's reception committee, is found strangled. Gilchrist wrote for a student newspaper and was about to expose a professor's exam scam. When Turnbull is shot in the courtyard of his hotel, Lewis realizes that the man's wife was his first girlfriend. He also learns that they were on the verge of getting a divorce. Written by
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I noticed that the previous reviews have talked about Laurence Fox's teeth possibly contributing to his not being understood. I admit, I'm usually the first one to have problems with some British accents. My sister lived in England and often has to translate for me. However, I admit I haven't had a problem with Fox.
"Old School Ties" is the second episode in the Inspector Lewis series. I enjoyed it and I loved all the shots of Oxford. In this case, DE Lewis and partner Hathaway are assigned to guard a criminal turned author, Nicky Turnbull (Owen Teale). One of the young women (Frances Albery) who actually arranged for Turnbull to speak at Oxford is killed, and this is followed by another murder. And Lewis reconnects with a woman he knew years earlier (Gina McKee).
It's a witty script - in the beginning, a literature professor who is the object of school tabloid journalism looks at a headline and says, "I suppose I should be glad they got the apostrophe in the right place." I find the Inspector Lewis series to have intriguing stories that one needs to pay attention to, which is a nice exercise for the mind.
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