The more I read, the more I am impressed by the Morse novels. They are meticulously plotted and riddled with literary references. The character of Morse is complex and the more we understand of his relationship with Lewis, the more interesting it becomes. On his own, Morse is a brilliant detective but he needs Lewis to channel his genius.
The Third Mile is told in classical style with a short descriptive passage at the start of each chapter.
The crime is as hard to solve as ever, and revealed slowly, teasing the reader through trial and error.