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Colin Dexter
 The Remorseful Day The Remorseful Day
Death is Now My NeighbourDeath is Now My Neighbour
The Daughters of CainThe Daughters of Cain
Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories
The Way Through the Woods
Audio Titles
The World of Inspector Morse
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Paperback - Pan (2000)
First British Edition Macmillan (1999)
The Remorseful Day
See Review by H.R.F.Keating - 1996 Cartier Diamond Dagger winner & creator of Inspector Ghote
The final Inspector Morse Novel
'Where does this all leave us, sir?'
'Things are moving fast.'
'We’re getting near the end, you mean?'
'We were always near the end.'
The murder of Yvonne Harrison at her home in the Cotswold village of Lower Swinstead had left Thames Valley CID baffled. A year after the dreadful crime they are still no nearer to making an arrest. But one man has vet to tackle the case - and it is just the sort of puzzle at which Chief Inspector Morse excels.
So why is he adamant that he will not lead the re-investigation, despite the entreaties of Chief Superintendent Strange and dark hints of some new evidence? And why, if he refuses to take on the case officially, does he seem to be carrying out his own private enquiries?
For Sergeant Lewis this is yet another example of the unsettling behaviour his chief has been displaying of late..

'What construction! What skill! Why isn't this author ever on the Booker shortlist?' Beryl Bainbridge
'Dexter at his most playful… at the height of his powers and having a wonderful time' Mail on Sunday
'An ending in every way worthy of a character who will undoubtedly retain his place as one of the most popular and enduring of fictional detectives' P.D.James, Sunday Telegraph

First British Edition Macmillan (1996)
Death is Now My Neighbour
See Review by Val McDermid - Gold Dagger winner & creator of Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan & Tony Hill
As he drove his chief down to Kidlington, Lewis returned the conversation to where it had begun.
'You haven't told me what you think about this fellow Owens - the dead woman’s next-door neighbour.'
'Death is always the next-door neighbor;’ said Morse somberly.

The residents of Bloxham Drive were accustomed to acts of minor vandalism and the odd spot of joy-riding - but they were unprepared for cold-blooded murder . . .
Summoned to Number 17, Chief Inspector E. Morse discovers the body of a young woman, Rachel James - shot through her kitchen window at point-blank range. Unfortunately few of the shocked residents can be particularly helpful about what they saw or heard that fateful morning.
But the discovery of a cryptic 'seventeenth-century' love poem and a photograph of Rachel with a mystery grey-haired man is enough to set Morse on the trail of a killer . . .
Until he faces a greater, far more personal crisis . . .

'Dexter... has created a giant among fictional detectives and has never shortchanged his readers.' The Times

Paperback - Pan (1995)
The Daughters of Cain
'Bizarre and bewildering - that's what so many murder investigations in the past had proved to be ... In this respect, at least, Lewis was correct in his thinking. What he could not have known was what unprecedented anguish the present case would cause to Morse's soul.'
Chief Superintendent Strange's opinion was that too little progress had been made since the discovery of a corpse in a North Oxford flat. The victim had been killed by a single stab wound to the stomach. Yet the police had no weapon, no suspect, no motive.
Within days of taking over the investigation Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life and death of Dr Felix McClure. When another body is discovered Morse suddenly finds himself with rather too many suspects. For once, he can see no solution, and even finds himself thinking of retirement. Then Morse receives a letter, a letter containing a declaration of love ... 'This is Colin Dexter at his most excitingly devious.' David Holloway, Daily Telegraph
'A first-class mystery ... there may not be many Morse novels left; cherish them while you can.' Marcel Berlins, The Times

'This is Colin Dexter at his most excitingly devious.' Daily Telegraph

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories
'Morse had solved so many mysteries in his life. Was he now, he wondered, beginning to glimpse the solution to the greatest mystery of them all ... ?
How can the discovery of a short story by a beautiful Oxford graduate lead Chief Inspector Morse to her murderer? What awaits Morse and Lewis in Room 231 of the Randolph Hotel? Why does a theft at Christmas lead the detective to look upon the festive season with uncharacteristic goodwill? And what happens when Morse himself falls victim to a brilliantly executed crime?
This collection of short stories from Inspector Morse's creator, Colin Dexter, includes six ingenious new cases for the world's most popular fictional detective - plus five other tantalizingly original tales to delight all lovers of classic crime fiction.

'Cunningly assorted, thoroughly absorbing.' Literary Review
'No one constructs a whodunnit with more fiendish skill than Colin Dexter.' Guardian
Morse is as enjoyable as Sherlock Holmes ... enthralling.' Mail on Sunday

The Way Through the Woods
'Quietly, rather movingly, Strange was making his plea: "Christ knows why, Lewis, but Morse will always put himself out for you. " As he put the phone down, Lewis knew that Strange had been right ... in the case of the Swedish Maiden, the pair of them were in business again.'
They called her the Swedish Maiden - the beautiful young tourist who disappeared on a hot summer's day somewhere in North Oxford.
Twelve months later the case remained unsolved - pending further developments - at Thames Valley CID.
On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse is startled to read a tantalizing article in The Times about the missing woman. An article which lures him back towards Wytham Woods near Oxford...
And straight into the most extraordinary murder investigation of Morse's career.

'Morse's wickedest, twistiest case ... prepare for last gasps of outraged admiration.' John Coleman, Sunday Times
'Morse and his faithful Watson, Sergeant Lewis, in supreme form ... Hallelujah.' Christopher Wordsworth, Observer

About The Author
Colin Dexter graduated from Cambridge University in 1953 and has lived in Oxford since 1966.
His first novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975 and there are now twelve novels in the Inspector Morse series, most recently The Daughters of Cain and Death is Now My Neighbour.
In 1989 The Wench is Dead was awarded a Gold Dagger by the Crime Writers' Association for best crime novel of the year, as was The Way Through the Woods in 1992, and Colin Dexter has also been awarded Silver Daggers for Service of all the Dead and The Dead of Jericho. Death is Now My Neighbor went straight to the top of the bestseller lists on first publication in 1996.
In 1997 Colin Dexter was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.
The Inspector Morse novels have been adapted for the small screen, with huge success, in Carlton/Central Television's series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately. The Wench is Dead is the last of the novels to be adapted, to be broadcast in November 1998.


N.B. dates and publishers in dark red indicate British First Editions. Dates and publishers in black indicate recent reprints.

  • The Remorseful Day (Macmillan, 1999) Pan Pbk Jul 00 ( Morse)
  • Fourth Inspector Morse Omnibus (Macmillan, 1998) Macmillan Sep 98
  • Death is Now My Neighbour (Macmillan, 1996) Pan Pbk 1997 ( Morse)
  • The Daughters of Cain (Macmillan, 1994) Pan Pbk 1995 ( Morse)
  • Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories Short Stories (Macmillan, 1993)
  • The Way Through the Woods (Macmillan, 1992) ( Morse)
  • The Jewel That Was Ours (Macmillan, 1991) ( Morse)
  • The Wench Is Dead (Macmillan, 1989) Pan Pbk 1998 ( Morse)
  • The Secret of Annexe 3 (Macmillan, 1986) ( Morse)
  • The Riddle of the Third Mile (Macmillan, 1983) ( Morse)
  • The Dead of Jericho (Macmillan, 1981) Pan Pbk 1983 ( Morse)
  • Service of all the Dead (Macmillan, 1979) ( Morse)
  • The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Macmillan, 1977) ( Morse)
  • Last Seen Wearing (Macmillan, 1976) ( Morse)
  • Last Bus to Woodstock (Macmillan, 1975) Pan Pbk 1977 ( Morse)
  • Second Inspector Morse Omnibus
  • Third Inspector Morse Omnibus
  • Inspector Morse Omnibus

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