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Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (Inspector Morse #10.5)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  805 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
--The Wall Street Journal
In short mysteries so brilliantly plotted they'll confound the cleverest of souls, Inspector Morse remains as patient as a cat at a mouse hole in the face of even the most resourceful evildoers. Muldoon, for instance, the one-legged bomber with one fatal weakness . . . the quartet of lovers whose bizarre entanglements Morse deciphers o
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Published February 9th 2011 by Fawcett (first published 1993)
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James Thane
This is a collection of short stories, most of which feature Dexter's series character, Chief Inspector Morse and his faithful sidekick, Sergeant Lewis. In one case, Morse tangles with a one-legged terrorist with a weakness for porn. In another, he attempts to head off a crime after he realizes that a poor innocent victim is being set up for a burglary. There are a number of murder cases that must be solved, and through it all, Morse remains his usual brilliant and cantankerous self. This is a b ...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Feb 24, 2013 blushenka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't understand why some Morse fans do not like this little collection of lighthearted tales (some featuring Morse, some not). Here are a bunch of clever, funny, unassuming stories, with a twist towards the end which leaves the reader, well it left me - smiling. In the stories which feature Morse, the angst which the novels have accustomed us with is not present, but his interaction with Lewis is as good as ever and their relationship is still heartwarming. The Sherlock Holmes story is a play
Nov 18, 2011 Dignan107 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good mix of light-hearted stories. Some Morse some not. The prison escape was my favourite with 'Last Call' another enjoyable read. Well worth a re-read at some future stage. Highly recommended
Emil Petersen
Jan 10, 2017 Emil Petersen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of quite brief stories, most including Morse, but a few others that do not. There is one about Sherlock Holmes as well (an excellent rewrite of an original Conan Doyle story). To some degree, these are even better than the full length novels about Morse! You get short and condensed mysteries (not that I do not like the long ones too!) and they are brilliant and in Colin Dexter fashion. I liked it very much. Colin Dexter's Oxford is an interesting place, albeit the murder rat ...more
Jill Holmes
Apr 22, 2013 Jill Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've heard it said that you can tell a great novelist by the short stories he or she writes. "Morse's Greatest Mystery" is a short story collection by Colin Dexter, the genius who gave the world Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis. The eleven stories include six about Morse and five more mysteries that vary in setting, character, and plot teases. That, indeed, is one of Dexter's many gifts; he is able to tease out a story inch by inch with buckets full of red herrings in a standard Morse my ...more

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (Inspector Morse Mysteries)

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (Inspector Morse Mysteries)
by Colin Dexter

5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories NOT short changed, August 18, 2013

This review is from: Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (Inspector Morse Mysteries) Morse's Greatest Mystery and other Short Stories by Colin Dexter

Let me begin by giving the list of short Stories in this wonderful book that include Inspector Morse & Lewis, all of
This is another series of books I started reading only after seeing the TV adaptations. I really enjoyed watching all three Morse series on the tube and he is a great character in the books. However, this book of short stories is not as good as the novels I've read so far. Some of the short stories in this book are not Morse stories and, oddly, I think those might have been the best ones.

I thought as I read "Dead as a Dodo" that it would have been an absolutely perfect story for Sherlock Holmes
Rob Smith
Nov 20, 2014 Rob Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
I'm not usually a fan of a short story collection, but this one is outstanding. I also don't give five stars lightly. I feel the overall book deserves them. I'll add that not all may love this set of stories. Those who love real mysteries will love these. Those who love James Patterson or Sandra Brown are likely not to like them.

Dexter really has a flair for crafting a short mystery. No easy task. Sorry there is only one collection of short stories. Still hope for more from Dexter.

The tales in t
I quite enjoyed this, although I found some of the stories a bit predictable. To be honest, it was the non-Morse stories that I liked the best - I didn't actually like the character of Morse as it was written - too miserable!! Unfortunately, I can't remember any of the story titles, but I liked the one about the escaping prisoner the best.
Susan Laddon
I cannot believe I'm actually saying this, but... I like the T.V. series better. Including Inspector Lewis. That's not to say Dexter isn't talented. This is good stuff, I liked the Sherlock Holmes short story quite a lot.
Michael Romo
Oct 22, 2016 Michael Romo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the great honor and privilege of meeting Colin Dexter and have always loved and enjoyed his books. Even though this is a collection of short stories that feature his enigmatic Chief Inspector they are no less satisfying and enjoyable.
Jul 23, 2016 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful collection of eleven short stories. It includes several about Inspector Morse, one about Sherlock Holmes and a mix of other delightful stories. My favorites were "Evans tries an O-Level" and "Monty's Revolver".
Jennie Rigg
Oct 17, 2015 Jennie Rigg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this collection of short stories, about a third of which are Morse. Probably my favourite is the Sherlock Holmes rewrite, although that jockeys with the titular Greatest Mystery, which b is both the shortest and the most emotionally complete story in the book.
May 19, 2011 Peg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a good idea to read this collection of short stories, some with Morse as the protagonist, before he was killed off in two more books. I was happy with that decision. The stories were exceptional. I stayed involved.
Jan 21, 2017 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite Disappointing

Perhaps novelists should not write short stories. I found most of them in this book rather disappointing. I am not a mind reader, and the finish to many of these left me dangling uncomfortably.
Lorraine Montgomery
Inspector Morse, Colin Dexter's famous — or is that infamous — Chief Inspector from Oxford CID is featured in this collection of eleven short stories. It came to my notice last week as another blogger was reviewing it and I immediately thought it would be particularly timely since one of the stories is a Christmas story.

Each of the stories begins with a famous and familiar quotation, is a very quick, enjoyable read, and displays a series of twists demonstrating the quick wit of a criminal or the
Apr 06, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I’ll start off by saying that Dexter is just as good at writing short stories as he is at writing novels. Now, how many people can pull that off? I wish I could (and perhaps I may, one day!). So, Dexter’s versatile, and funny, and, in this set of stories, as clever as usual.

Herein lies also a nice variety of tales. Some are Morse tales, told within the context of the earliest of the Morse movies that aired on B.B.C. in the late eighties and early nineties. Morse is drinking a lot, but is still
Oct 23, 2014 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
We were not Inspector Morse fans until watching ENDEAVOUR, the recent prequel on TV. Then I tried this collection of stories instead of wading into a novel. It was so-so. Not all the stories feature Morse and Sgt. Lewis. Maybe the best one is an homage to Sherlock Holmes, in which Sherlock and his brother Mycroft match wits, and Watson turns out to be the one to solve the mystery. While owing their inspiration to Holmes' method of crime solving and his working relationship to Dr. Watson, Dexter' ...more
Jun 27, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen one or two Inspector Morse mysteries on TV but have never read him, so I picked up this collection of short stories to see what I thought. Not all of these stories feature Morse, and offer a number of different plots including muder, prison escape, and good old-fashioned confidence games. What I liked about these stories is that Dexter does not hand the solution to the reader neatly wrapped up in an expositional paragraph or dialogue. As the reader I actually get to use my brain to com ...more
Dane Cobain
Sep 06, 2016 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fun, a nice, quick read that features a couple of different short stories about Inspector Morse, including one in which he himself is the victim of a crime, as well as a short story set at Christmas. Perhaps most interestingly of all is the inclusion of a short story about Sherlock Holmes, which was presumably written by Dexter but reads like it was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve read it somewhere else before.

I recommend this one, whether y
Nathan Willard
Sep 07, 2010 Nathan Willard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Eh. Dexter, even more than Sayers, needs more ramp-up time to develop his plots. There were a couple of vaguely interesting stories here, but almost all were extremely abrupt and had more of the confusing obliqueness that characterizes Dexter than the despair-followed-by-sudden-brilliance that makes you empathize with the grumpy old man. The Holmes story was funny but lacked the brilliance of, say, Gaiman's Study in Emerald.

Jan 16, 2016 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A selection of unusal short stories. Some are from the criminal perspective, some focus on the morality of the detectives, and others look at the convoluted reasoning behind the crimes. Mostly featuring Morse though one takes a look at Holmes's deductive reasoning. These aren't your typical crime tales.
Oct 08, 2011 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Not one of my favourite Morse books, I am a bit of a completist so since I am reading all the novels in order read this one too. Be warned over half the stories aren't Morse ones at all. I thought some of them were pretty lame and ended before they'd hardly begun may be the problem is mine as I am not over fond of short stories. Wouldn't recommend.
Jul 24, 2010 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several short stories by Colin Dexter only some of which are Morse and Lewis stories. Many of the stories have a whimsical tone. If you are serious Morse fan than this anthology probably isn't for you.
Lucy Barnhouse
Charming stories, erudite, well-plotted, and well-written. Morse and Lewis are a pleasure to spend time with, as always. A bonus is Dexter's affectionate, not-too-reverent imagining of an adventure shared by the Holmes brothers and the good Dr. Watson.
May 27, 2015 Michel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, shorts
Good bye, Endeavour Morse.
I guess Dexter got tired of him, and gave up developing these novellas into novels. As is, this book lacks atmosphere.
Shame he didn't think of a Lewis and Hathaway sequel.
Brian Steed
Like Frost, Rumpole, and Jeeves & Wooster, this is another series of books I started reading after seeing the TV adaptations. Morse is a great character, in both formats. Dexter loves his complicated plots. Very entertaining.
Aug 15, 2012 Karina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
I loved all Morse books so far but I was disappointed with this one. They did not have that unique atmosphere. In my opinion writer did not succeed with genre of short story. I would certainly read his novels and try to forget it.
I do appreciate most of the short stories for what they are, brilliant. I don't know what other people think, but the short story titled at the Lulu Bar Motel, doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the stories and it seems misjudged.
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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
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