Four months after being shot Morse returns to work and witnesses a pageant, held to mark nine hundred years of history, disrupted by two events. The first is when feminist Kitty, daughter of prospective MP Barbara Batten, sprays beauty queen Diana Day with red paint, the second when an unknown man falls to his death from a roof. Initially deemed a suicide he has a host of fake identity cards and has scrawled a message in a motel notebook, D DAY FRIDAY 98018. When Bernard Yelland comes to Oxford in search of his runaway step-daughter Frida, Morse believes that FRIDAY actually reads FRIDA Y whilst D DAY could also signify Diana Day though a diversion from these mysteries is provided by the burglary of the Wolvercote Trove from the local museum. The dead man is a London-based private detective, Pettifer, who is not above blackmailing his clients and is possibly involved in the burglary though this is later disproved. Morse meanwhile works out the significance of the figures and exposes ... Written by
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Colin Dexter decided to write his first Detective novel whilst on holiday in Wales. He decided to name the character after his close friend and 'the cleverest man he had ever met' Sir Jeremy Morse the Chairman of Lloyds Bank. Initially he never gave Morse a first name but in an episode when the character is in hospital, the name E.Morse is on the bottom of the bed. After being pushed to give him a name Colin Dexter and his wife looked up the names of the people that sailed to America on the Mayflower and there was Endeavour Jones. They also liked it as it was the name of Captain Cooks ship. See more
Mr Yelland tells Morse that he met Frida's widowed mother, Elspeth, in London, where he had moved to look for work; he and Frida had moved back to Wantage after Elspeth's death so that they might be closer to his family. However, the telegram from the War Office notifying Elpspeth of her husband's death, that Frida had kept in her mother's keepsake box, was sent to an address in Oxford, not in London. See more
It gives me great pleasure to launch Berridges' Spring into Summer fashion collection.
Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras (Behold, all flesh is as the grass)
from "Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45"
Written by Johannes Brahms See more