Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter is a murder mystery I wanted to read because it was happening in Oxford. I thought it would be fun to read something specific. The book had that, the local things which I found amusing. For example he wrote one of the characters ‘crosses the road and traverses in the process as many lines, continuous, broken, broad, narrow, yellow, white, as one may find in the key to an Ordnance Survey map; for the Oxford City Council has escalated its long war of attrition against the private motorist’. For anyone using the cars in Oxford this is hilarious to say the least. The last bit in this war of attrition is the 20 mph at any time, even on a Sunday morning or at night-time.

Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

The book had what I expected, but it had an unexpected sexist attitude towards women, hence the rating of 3 stars. It was written in the 1970s, but still, the tone could have been better even for that period. The story is interesting and I didn’t guess the murderer. So, from that point of view it was ok, not so much with the rest.
I wouldn’t have picked it if I would have read the reviews mentioning sexism.

Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

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My rating: 3/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: not really
Published by: Pan Macmillan
Year it was published: 1975
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Fiction – Murder Mystery
Pages: 309

About the author: Norman Colin Dexter was an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novels.
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2 thoughts on “Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter”

    • It was too much, even for the 70s. Also, as I’m reading these for pleasure, I can just pick up something else. I went through a lot of annoying stuff for my studies. 😀

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