This is my latest read from the library, book 9 in the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter. This is textbook Morse, as he sits and drinks his way to a conclusion for the case. There are lots of false starts, red herrings, and conflicting stories from all the possible suspects. The jewel of the title is a famous artifact that was bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum by its owner. The woman carrying the jewel dies and her purse containing it disappears. Morse and Lewis work through a list of suspects displaying varying motives, alibis, and lies.
This was a good mystery with quite a bit to puzzle through, but I would say this was not my favorite Morse in the series. There is a different feel, as in author’s voice, to this book than the other Morse novels I have read so far. I think this has to do with the development of this particular book. Apparently, the TV episode for this particular story came first and then the novel was written. This is different from the other books in the series in which the novels were written first.