The Jewel That Was Ours
The Jewel That Was Ours, by Colin Dexter is a murder mystery that’s a bit slow for me. In the first chapters, Morse doesn’t seem to be doing anything at all. Then he thinks a whole lot for most of the book and finally solves it. The book gets a bit confusing at times – it twists and turns, but maybe too much. I was just flat-out stumped at the middle of the book. It seems to be an unsolvable mystery, but Morse solves it easily enough.
The plot of The Jewel That Was Ours starts with a heart attack and a missing jewel. Morse doesn’t seem to care – he does some drinking in the bar and some more drinking. He doesn’t think much until someone else gets murdered…and this time it’s definitely murder. It’s not a thrilling book, but it has its moments, and every part isn’t slow. (Most are, though.) There are a few twists, and the ending is satisfying. The killer is hard to find, and, yes, reading the whole book is worth it, if only for the killer.
The Jewel That Was Ours’ characters are many-layered, like all good mystery characters. And just like a good mystery, the characters you never suspect are the bad ones. They’re well done characters.
The Jewel That Was Ours is not my favorite mystery. It’s too slow for me. But the plot is nicely done and so are the characters. You should read it if you really like the thinking in mysteries and not the suspense and action.