Morse finds himself the subject of a murder investigation when his friend, Beryl Newsome, is murdered at a rehearsal of the Magic Flute and he foolishly touches the murder weapon. Morse is suspended and DCI Bottomley, with DS Lewis assisting him, is put in charge of the case. Morse feels that he was set-up and looks to his past to see who, among the many criminals he arrested, might now be setting about seeking revenge. When someone scratches masonic symbols all over his car and he is reported for erratic driving, Morse wonders if Masons may somehow be involved. When a large number of his personal items are found in Beryl's apartment, Morse is placed under arrest.
Did You Know?
The Oxford Times of 5 September 2013 carried an article on Freemasonry in the city and a retired policeman stated that it had been a policemen's social club when he was a policeman. See more
Morse's Jaguar has been "keyed" but the damage is clearly just silver tape stuck to the bodywork. The tape isn't even flat and sticks up in several places. Furthermore, when Morse tells Lewis he is taking his car to be resprayed it is almost completely hidden behind a convenient bush. When we get a fleeting glimpse of the car being driven away there is no sign of the damage. See more
Hugo De Vries
I enjoy being dead - takes the strain out of living.
References North by Northwest
The Magic Flute
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sung my choir and heard on several recordings including one conducted by Arturo Toscanini See more