Inspector Morse Books

Inspector Morse is a fictional character in a series of detective novels written by bestselling British author, Collin Dexter. Morse serves as a senior CID officer with the Thames Valley Police based in England. Morse prefers being called by his surname and is evasive when asked about his first name and in most cases jokes that it is Inspector. His father was a taxi driver, and the detective likes to explain how he makes his additional income by saying that he used to drive the Aga Khan.

Order of Inspector Morse Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Last Bus to Woodstock 1975 Description / Buy
2 Last Seen Wearing 1976 Description / Buy
3 The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn 1977 Description / Buy
4 Service of All the Dead 1979 Description / Buy
5 The Dead of Jericho 1981 Description / Buy
6 The Riddle of the Third Mile 1983 Description / Buy
7 The Secret of Annexe 3 1986 Description / Buy
8 The Wench Is Dead 1989 Description / Buy
9 The Jewel That Was Ours 1989 Description / Buy
10 The Way Through The Woods 1992 Description / Buy
11 Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories 1993 Description / Buy
12 Neighbourhood Watch (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
13 The Daughters of Cain 1994 Description / Buy
14 Death Is Now My Neighbor 1996 Description / Buy
15 The Remorseful Day 1999 Description / Buy
16 Daughters Of The Cain 2003 Description / Buy
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Inspector Morse is an embodiment of white male medium class Englishness, with a set of assumptions and prejudices to match. His relationships with the establishments, the authority, the status quo and the bastions of power are markedly ambiguous, and so are his relations with ladies. Morse is also an intelligent gentleman, a crossword addict, but he dislikes grammatical and spelling errors and in each single document that he receives, either personal or private, he manages to point out at least a mistake.

His approach to solving the crime is through a deductive approach as he claims that there is a fifty chance that the person who discovers a body is likely to be a murderer. He makes use of his fantastic memory and intuition into getting to the killer.

Colin Dexter began the publication of Inspector Morse series in 1975 when the first novel in the series Last Bus to Woodstock was published. The Remorseful Day is the 13th and the last book in Inspector Morse series.

INSPECTOR MORSE BOOKS INTO MOVIES

Inspector Morse books were made into a Television series by the same name for the British Television Channel, ITV. The series was produced by Zenith Productions and consists of 33 two hour episodes produced between 1987 and 2000. The last episode in the television adaptation was adapted from the last novel The Remorseful Day, in which Inspector Morse dies.

A prequel drama titled Endeavour produced by ITV premiered on 2nd January 2012. The television series features Shaun Evans starring as young Morse during his university day and his early career life.

Last Bus to Woodstock was adapted into a radio program that was featured on BBC Radio in June 1985 with Andrew Burt playing the role of Morse and Christopher Douglas acting as Lewis.

BEST INSPECTOR MORSE BOOKS

These are two best books in Inspector Morse series, Last Bus to Woodstock (1975) and Service of All the Dead (1979).

Last Bus to Woodstock: The first novel in Inspector Morse series, a book that introduces Dexter’s famous protagonist, Inspector Morse working in the Oxford Homicide Division. Morse is a confirmed bachelor attracted to ladies, alcohol and puzzling homicide investigations.

As the story opens, two charming ladies are waiting for a bus. One of them Sylvia Kaye gets tired of waiting and finally decides to hitch a ride instead of wasting her time waiting for the bus. Unfortunately, she is later found murdered in the parking lot of a pub located in Woodstock.

Inspector Morse is assigned to the case of the crime, and his first task is to find the young woman who was waiting for the bus with the murdered Sylvia. The woman turns out to be more elusive when Morse narrows down his list, but the young lady keeps insisting that the inspector is wrong. Why does she deny the obvious truth? As more obstacles block Morse investigations, he soon finds himself developing feelings with one of the ladies central to this case. Will this involvement finally enable him to solve the murder puzzle quickly or will it mark the beginning of his downfall?

Last Bus to Woodstock is a brilliant and solid series introduction and also an excellent debut for characters of Morse and his sidekick Sergeant Lewis.

Service of All the Dead: Inspector Morse is supposed to be enjoying his vacation and is planning on a trip to Greek Isles when he stumbles on a pair of strange deaths at a church in a nearby division. The local authorities had already assumed that the deaths were murder and that the perpetrator had committed suicide as well. However, to Inspector Morse, something is out of order, and soon he begins digging into the case even though other detectives are not happy with his investigations into the case.

He recruits his sidekick Sergeant Lewis, and the two begin an investigation that will reveal shocking dark secrets that many are willing to kill to keep them from being exposed. If you fancy detective novels, then Inspector Morse series by Collin Dexter is a recommended series for you.


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