The murder of Yvonne Harrison 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 yet 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. As if the sergeant didn’t have enough to worry about with Morse’s increasingly fragile health...
But when Lew is learns that Morse was once friendly with Yvonne Harrison, he begins to suspect that the man who has earned his admiration over so many years knows more about her death than anyone else...
Why does a theft at Christmas lead Chief Inspector Morse to look upon the Festive Season with uncharacteristic goodwill? How can the discovery of a short story written by a beautiful Oxford graduate lead Morse to her murderer? And what happens when Morse himself falls victim to a brilliantly executed crime?
Published together for the first time are ten dazzling short stories by Colin Dexter, including two new mysteries written especially for this anthology. The collection features five ingenious cases for Inspector Morse and five other stories which take us from a cell in Oxford Prison to Sherlock Holmes’ drawing room at 221B Baker Street... and on to a chance encounter with another famous detective in the canteen at Kidlington Police HQ... The final story opens as Morse awaits the arrival of his sergeant in Room 231 of the Randolph Hotel, where once again he must confront a sudden, terrible death.
Tantalizingly plotted and tautly told, each story in this volume is a mini-masterpiece of detective fiction: beguiling, surprising, and totally absorbing.
A crime novel featuring Chief Inspector Morse, in which Morse and his assistant Sergeant Lewis are called upon to investigate the murder of a young woman who was shot from close range through her kitchen window. After a visit to his doctor, Morse finds that he also has to deal with a crisis of his own.
Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse has become a favorite of mystery fans in both hemispheres. In each book, Dexter shows a new facet of the complex Morse. In this latest work, Morse must solve two related murders — a problem complicated by a plethora of suspects and by his attraction to one of the possible killers.
Morse sought to hide his disappointment. So many people in the Haworth Hotel that fateful evening had been wearing some sort of disguise — a change of dress, a change of make-up, a change of partner, a change of attitude, a change of life almost; and the man who had died had been the most consummate artist of them all. . Chief Inspector Morse seldom allowed himself to be caught up in New Year celebrations. So the murder inquiry in the festive hotel had a certain appeal. It was a crime worthy of the season. The corpse was still in fancy dress. And hardly a single guest at the Haworth had registered under a genuine name. .
For Oxford, the arrival of twenty-seven American tourists is nothing out of the ordinary. until one of their number is found dead in Room 310 at the Randolph Hotel. It looks like a sudden — and tragic — accident. Only Chief Inspector Morse appears not to overlook the simultaneous theft of a jewel-encrusted antique from the victim’s handbag. Then, two days later, a naked and battered corpse is dragged from the River Cherwell. A coincidence? Maybe. But this time Morse is determined to prove the link.
The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth. After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold. Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie’s disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case. .
The newly appointed member of the Oxford Examinations Syndicate was deaf, provincial and gifted. Now he is dead. . And his murder, in his north Oxford home, proves to be the start of a formidably labyrinthine case for Chief Inspector Morse, as he tries to track down the killer through the insular and bitchy world of the Oxford Colleges. .
The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man — facing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault and rape. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key. .
'Morse was a believer neither in the existence of God nor in the fixity of the Fates. Yet, as he looked back, it seemed somehow pre-ordained that his steps should take him on only one course that morning...'
Most people could still remember the murder of the churchwarden at St Frideswide's. A few could still recall the murderer's suicide. But Chief Inspector Morse was alone in suspecting continuing unrest in the parish.
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Colin Dexter graduated from Cambridge in 1953. He spent his years wholly in education until his retirement in 1988, first teaching Greek and Latin, then moving to Oxford in 1966 to work for the University Examination Board.
His first Inspector Morse novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975, and in addition to winning the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award twice — for The Way Through the Woods and The Wench is Dead — Colin Dexter has also been awarded Silver Daggers by the CWA for Service of all the Dead and The Dead of Jericho. The most recent novel, Death Is Now My Neighbour, became a number one bestseller on hardback publication in 1996.
The Inspector Morse novels have been adapted for the small screen, with huge success, in Central Television's series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately. In 1993 Colin Dexter achieved a long-held ambition — a speaking part (two words) in the seventh Inspector Morse TV series.
Once again Oxford becomes the scene of the crime as Inspector Morse investigates a baffling case involving a mysterious disappearance, an unidentified corpse, and a brutal murder.
On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse has decided to go without newspapers. But in the hotel he finds himself seated opposite a woman reading her paper, and Morse cannot help but notice an intriguing headline. Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award.
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