Colin Dexter





Colin Dexter

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in Stamford, Lincolnshire, The United Kingdom
September 29, 1930

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Norman Colin Dexter, OBE (born 29 September 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire) is an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novels.

He started writing mysteries in 1972 during a family holiday: "We were in a little guest house halfway between Caernarfon and Pwllheli. It was a Saturday and it was raining - it's not unknown for it to rain in North Wales. The children were moaning ... I was sitting at the kitchen table with nothing else to do, and I wrote the first few paragraphs of a potential detective novel." Last Bus to Woodstock was published in 1975 and introduced the world to the character of Inspector Morse, the irascible detective whose penchants for cryptic crosswords, English literature, cask ale and Wagner reflect Dexter's
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Average rating: 3.99 · 35,985 ratings · 1,427 reviews · 77 distinct works · Similar authors
Last Bus to Woodstock (Insp...
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 6,700 ratings — published 1975 — 33 editions
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The Way Through The Woods (...
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 4,298 ratings — published 1992 — 34 editions
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Last Seen Wearing (Inspecto...
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 2,934 ratings — published 1976 — 31 editions
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The Remorseful Day (Inspect...
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 2,633 ratings — published 1999 — 30 editions
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The Daughters of Cain (Insp...
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 2,391 ratings — published 1994 — 35 editions
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The Dead of Jericho (Inspec...
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 2,097 ratings — published 1981 — 36 editions
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Death Is Now My Neighbor (I...
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 2,008 ratings — published 1996 — 32 editions
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The Silent World of Nichola...
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,883 ratings — published 1977 — 30 editions
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The Wench Is Dead (Inspecto...
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,876 ratings — published 1989 — 32 editions
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Service of All the Dead (In...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,579 ratings — published 1979 — 30 editions
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Last Bus to Woodstock Last Seen Wearing The Silent World of Nichola... Service of All the Dead The Dead of Jericho The Riddle of the Third Mile The Secret of Annexe 3
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“He was somewhat of a loner by temperament--because though never wholly happy when alone, he was usually slightly more miserable when with other people.”
Colin Dexter, The Wench Is Dead

“I always drink at lunchtime. It helps my imagination.”
Colin Dexter, The Dead of Jericho

“There's always time for one more pint. - Chief Inspector Morse”
Colin Dexter, The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn

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