The Way Through the Woods is an Inspector Morse mystery by Colin Dexter. I have watched several episodes from the PBS Inspector Morse series, which were based on the books, but this is the first book I have read, and it was even better than I expected. The characters are interesting and likable and distinctive, and the plot is very complex and well-executed. They clearly had to leave things out when making the movies for PBS, because there were too many details and twists and turns in this story to possibly all fit in an hour and 40 minute movie. I really enjoyed how carefully woven the story was – for example, there are scenes early in the book where you have no idea how they could possibly relate to the mystery, but then as things are gradually revealed you realize that they are in fact critical. It was definitely the most complex mystery novel I have read in quite a while (granted, I don’t read mysteries all that frequently). I look forward to reading more Inspector Morse mysteries and I highly recommend this one!