The case seems so simple that Inspector Morse deems it beneath his notice. A wealthy, elderly American tourist has a heart attack in her room at Oxford's luxurious Randolph Hotel. Missing from the scene is the lady's handbag, which contained the Wolvercote Tongue, a priceless jewel that her late husband had bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum just across the street. Morse proceeds to spend a great deal of time thinking—and drinking—in the hotel's bar, certain the solution is close at hand, until conflicting stories, suspicious doings, and a real murder convince him otherwise.
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Colin Dexter (Author)
Colin Dexter lives in Oxford. He has won many Crime Writers' Association awards for his novels and in 1997 was presented with the Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature. His story "Evans Tries an O-Level" won the 1996 ...