Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse mysteries

21 March 2017

By Pan Macmillan

Colin Dexter's iconic Inspector Morse series was rereleased in 2016 as a very attractive new collection of paperbacks. Here are all the Inspector Morse books in order. 

Inspector Morse, famously played by John Thaw in the phenomenally popular TV series, first appeared in a series of thirteen bestselling novels by author Colin Dexter. Pour yourself a pint of real ale, stick on some Wagner and catch up with Morse. 

Last Bus to Woodstock

Last Bus to Woodstock

The first Inspector Morse mystery. 

''Do you think I'm wasting your time, Lewis?'
Lewis was nobody's fool and was a man of some honesty and integrity.
'Yes, sir.'
An engaging smile crept across Morse's mouth. He thought they could get on well together . . .'

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Last Seen Wearing

Last Seen Wearing

The second Inspector Morse mystery 

'Morse was beset by a nagging feeling. Most of his fanciful notions about the Taylor girl had evaporated and he had begun to suspect that further investigation into Valerie's disappearance would involve little more than sober and tedious routine . . .'

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The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn

The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn

The third Inspector Morse mystery 

'Morse had never ceased to wonder why, with the staggering advances in medical science, all pronouncements concerning times of death seemed so disconcertingly vague.'

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Service of All the Dead

Service of All the Dead

The forth Inspector Morse mystery 

'The sweet countenance of Reason greeted Morse serenely when he woke, and told him that it would be no bad idea to have a quiet look at the problem itself before galloping off to a solution.'

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The Dead of Jericho

The Dead of Jericho

The fifth Inspector Morse mystery 

'Morse switched on the gramophone to ‘play’, and sought to switch his mind away from all the terrestrial troubles. Sometimes, this way, he almost managed to forget. But not tonight . . .'

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The Riddle of the Third Mile

The Riddle of the Third Mile

The sixth Inspector Morse mystery 

'The thought suddenly occurred to Morse that this would be a marvellous time to murder a few of the doddery old bachelor dons. No wives to worry about their whereabouts; no landladies to whine about the unpaid rents. In fact nobody would miss most of them at all . . .'

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The Secret of Annexe 3

The Secret of Annexe 3

The seventh Inspector Morse mystery 

'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 . . .'

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The Wench is Dead

The Wench is Dead

The eighth Inspector Morse mystery 

' That night he dreamed in Technicolor. He saw the ochre-skinned, scantily clad siren in her black, arrowed stockings. And in Morse's muddled computer of a mind, that siren took the name of one Joanna Franks . . .'

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The Jewel That Was Ours

The Jewel That Was Ours

The ninth Inspector Morse mystery 

‘He looked overweight around the midriff, though nowhere else, and she wondered whether perhaps he drank too much. He looked weary, as if he had been up most of the night conducting his investigations . . .’

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The Way Through the Woods

The Way Through the Woods

The tenth Inspector Morse mystery

‘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 . . .’

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The Daughters of Cain

The Daughters of Cain

The eleventh Inspector Morse mystery

‘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.’

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Death is Now My Neighbour

Death is Now My Neighbour

The twelfth Inspector Morse mystery

‘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 neighbour,' said Morse sombrely.’

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The Remorseful Day

The Remorseful Day

The thirteenth Inspector Morse mystery

'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.'

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All of the Inspector Morse books are available now in Paperback, or as an Ebook or Audiobook!

 

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