The Jewel That Was Ours - Colin DexterPan, 1992, Paperback.
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy.
From the cover: “It was almost immediately after twenty-seven American tourists arrived in Oxford that one of their number, Mrs Laura Stratton, was found dead in Room 310 at the Randolph Hotel. Vanished from the room is a handbag containing a jewel-encrusted antique which Laura was to donate to Dr Theodore Kemp on behalf of the Ashmolean Museum. An open-and-shut case, it would appear: a heart attack brought on by the shock of discovering the theft. But Chief Inspector Morse is not so certain. For him any death is always something of a mystery. While statements are taken and alibis scrutinised, the tourists’ busy schedule goes ahead with minimal disruption. Until Dr Kemp fails to return from an appointment in London and Morse is summoned some hours later to the banks of the River Cherwell to view a naked and battered corpse. It is Sergeant Lewis who finds the first clue, an annotated tour programme discarded near the body. But for Morse, unshakeable in his conviction that the two deaths are somehow connected, it is only a tiny component in a puzzle of ever-growing complexity — and surprise. And as Morse probes for motives and opportunities, he comes to realise that it is only by the most daring and seemingly improbable deductions that all the pieces can be made to fall finally and damningly into place.”
In the Inspector Morse series. 288 pages.