Last Seen Wearing (Inspector Morse, #2)
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Last Seen Wearing (Inspector Morse #2)

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Valerie Taylor has been missing since she was a sexy seventeen, more than two years ago. Inspector Morse is sure she's dead. But if she is, who forged the letter to her parents saying "I am alright so don't worry"? Never has a woman provided Morse with such a challenge, for each time the pieces of the jigsaw start falling into place, someone scatters them again. So Valerie...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published April 1997 by Ivy Books (first published 1976)
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It’s always a pleasure to return to the wonderful stories of Colin Dexter and Inspector Morse, that all too-human English detective who drinks too much and realizes he needs to place his collection of Victorian erotica in a less conspicuous place on his bookshelf.
In this case, Victoria Taylor, an attractive seventeen-year-old disappeared two years ago. Morse is handed the case following the death of Inspector Ainley who had just become interested following receipt of a note that Victoria was al...more
E' una piacevolissima conferma, questo Ispettore Morse. Stavolta prende ben più di una cantonata e sembra perdere le speranze ogni volta che le sue intuizioni lo portano verso l'assassino (sbagliato) e il movente (mai quello). Però è difficile chiudere il libro e fare qualcos'altro. Dalla seconda metà, dopo aver presentato caso e personaggi, ogni fine capitolo è un continuo colpo di scena e l'epilogo è una summa delle piste seguite. Forse un po' banale, rispetto al ritmo del romanzo, ma nulla to...more
Rob Smith
This is a very good book that unravels the efforts it can actually take to get to the conclusion of a mystery. For that matter, the trouble to get to answers in life. False and hopeful conclusions. Deadends. Confusion. One of the most realistic in plotting of a fictional mystery I've read.

This book is not for those looking for a straightforward mystery with w twist or two. It will greatly frustrate those. It could be said Dexter went too far with the many bad leads to then present it to the rea...more
My first impression after reading was 'I have absolutely no idea what to think of this' and it took me a while to figure out why I felt so confused. Eventually I realized it was because I had never seen a detective in a crime-series having been so terribly wrong before. Really. Morse does spent most of the time being extremely wrong: he has a theory, a new clue appears that makes it clear that it can't have happened this way. Another theory. New clue. Repeat almost endlessly.
However these wrong...more
3.5 rating
A good mystery and an interesting book - change from the novels where the detective knows what he/she is doing, even with a few red herrings has right deductions mostly and unravels the mystery neatly in the final few chapters.

The story begins when the case of a missing girl Valerie Taylor is handed over to a reluctant Morse. Is Valeria alive or is she actually dead? As Morse and Lewis take on the case, Morse keeps tying himself up in knots so twisted it becomes difficult to make out...more
Rob Kitchin
There are two elements that raise Last Seen Wearing above usual police procedural fare. The first is the plotting and the second the characterization. Dexter maps out a wonderfully constructed story of feints and blind alleys as Morse stumbles from one line of reasoning to another, his theories constantly dashed on the rocks of empirical evidence. Every time it appears he has found a path forward, it turns into a cul-de-sac. This is not a tale of a genius cop who always finds his quarry, but is...more
Ainsley is dead, and Morse has inherited his cold case, the disappearance of a teenager several years ago. Morse is convinced that the girl is dead, although a letter to her parents arrived right after Ainsley's accident. This is early Morse, and he arrives at a variety of solutions to the problems raised by this case--is Valerie alive? Was she murdered? By whom?--each one of which is later exploded. The ending seems a bit unclear, but watching the building of the relationship between Morse and...more
TITLE: Last Seen Wearing
DATE READ: 12/02/10
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Mystery/1976/Ballantine Books/326 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #2 Inspector Morse
TIME/PLACE: 1970's/Oxford, UK
CHARACTERS: Inspector Morse of the Thames Valley Police
FIRST LINES: Three and a half years later two men were seated together in an office.
COMMENTS: Valerie Taylor was 17 when she went missing 2 yrs ago. Another detective was working on this cold case but died in an auto accident an...more
Domenico Cinalli
Alla seconda lettura, dopo un paio di decenni dalla prima, i gialli di Colin Dexter mostrano un pochino la corda: l'essere intrappolati in quel limbo cronologico tra la contemporaneità e l'età aurea del giallo inglese (prima metà del novecento, a mio modo di vedere) li fa avvertire polverosi più che classici. Ciò premesso, rimangono comunque un esempio chiarissimo di mistery britannico, con il suo studio dei caratteri e i continui twist investigativi. Sarebbero più corrette le tre stelle e mezzo...more
Angela Rodriguez
Inspector Morse is handed the case of a missing girl, Valerie Taylor, whom is presumably thought as having run away from home. The question arises of whether she is missing or dead (dramatic music), which sends Morse and Lewis in a wild goose chase that further plunges them into a spider's web that is more intricately woven then they thought. The characterization and plot, as always, is well executed, with the usual dead ends and inconclusive clues that mislead the reader as much as they do the...more
David Matthews
I liked this book. If there's one thing that annoys me about detective novels, its that the detectve always seems to get things right, they are never wrong. Well here Morse and Lewis get plenty of things wrong. Laughed out loud when Morse corrects Lewis's grammar mistakes when reading up on Lewis theory, he had written while he was ill in bed!
I've been away from Morse and Lewis for many years now, and it was nice to be back. However, this is definitely not one of Colin Dexter's best plots. One major head fake per plot is my limit; this one exceeded that limit by a wide margin. I also like to have a real "solution," preferably a surprising one.
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Valerie Taylor has been missing since she was a sexy seventeen, more than two years ago. Inspector Morse is sure she's dead. But if she is, who forged the letter to her parents saying "I am alright so don't worry"? Never has a woman provided Morse with such a challenge, for each time the pieces of the jigsaw start falling into place, someone scatters them again. So Valerie remains as tantalizingly elusive as ever. Morse prefers a body—a body dead from unnatural causes. And very soon he gets one…...more
Rachel Hawes
The one with the girl who might not be dead after all, and Morse almost falls in love.
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I am guilty of being addicted to Inspector Morse and Lewis and loving it. This latest in my readings was quite a bit over the top for both Morse, Lewis and myself.

It seems that Valerie Taylor has gone missing these past two years. Inspector Ainley was handling the case until he was killed in an auto accident...but was it an accident..or did Ainley come too close to the truth in this matter?

Morse and Lewis have opposing views on the life or death of the victim. In the outset Morse is less than...more
The second outing with Inspector Morse & Sgt. Lewis,as they,warily, begin to accept the other's style & manners,involves the apparent disappearance of a nubile school student,Valerie Taylor, in suburban Oxford,a city I know a little from my one academic year there in the early 80s.
This episode takes us back to the mid-70s,almost a 'Year Zero' for the British psyche;I still wince at the dismal political & economic climate,the dreadful fashions & the first violent skirmishes of the...more
If weren't aware of the original Morse tv series and now the Endeavor tv series--and the Lewis tv series, I might have rated this one higher. Colin Dexter is an award-winning author, but I didn't feel this one was that good. I read this for a goodreads group, English Mysteries Club.
I did enjoy the set up and most of the book. I could accept that Morse and Lewis are just getting started, and I did cut them some slack as young men not at the tv series stage. I couldn't "hear" the tv Morse saying s...more
Morse is given the case of a missing girl who didn� t return home from school one day two years earlier. The case had gone very cold, but then a letter arrives from the girl, Valerie Taylor, saying that she� s fine and no-one should worry about her. Morse is convinced though that she� s dead, and sets out to find her killer. And there seems to be a lot of people with something to hide& [return][return]This is the first Morse book that I� ve read, and it� s one of Dexter� s earlier ones. I re...more
Aimie Sharp
This was my first dip into the Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter after watching a lot of the TV series and it's spin-offs.

The plot was good. It refused to give away it's ending until the very last 2 pages as Morse drags the reader from suspect to suspect as he presents various ridiculous and far-fetched scenarios that you can't help but be convinced by.

Morse himself is inherently an unlikeable character. He is an alcoholic, unprofessional and somewhat of a pervert as he openly visits stri...more
Katherine Clark
Goodreads said I started this Dec. 7. Actually, I started it about a week ago, but got bored so read P.D. James Shroud for a Nightingale. While the James book started off well and ended boringly and disappointingly, Dexter started poorly but ended up becoming at least, different. I have one more Dexter to read, and at that point I will make a final decision. I am not a fan of Morse. I know he is very popular, but I don't get it. Here is what I like: I like that he (Morse) has scholarly interests...more
In this second book of the "Inspector Morse" crime mystery series, entitled Last Seen Wearing the cogs and wheels of Colin Dexter's brain are really beginning to revolve. The number of false conclusions Morse leaps to is quite staggering. And embarrassingly I was with Inspector Morse in every blind alley he trundled up. Even when I thought (he and) I had guessed the answer, Colin Dexter deftly diverted my attention away from it, so that it was literally only in the final few pages that my vagu...more
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This is the second novel in the Inspector Morse series, which was a very popular tv series in the 80s. If you've read my review of the first novel in the series, you will know that I really didn't like it, mostly due to my dislike of Morse himself and the boring plot of that novel.
This novel had a much better plot than the last. The mystery was much more interesting, I actually felt interested about what was going to happen and how...more
In Last Seen Wearing Inspector Morse is given the case of the disappearance of the teenager Valerie Taylor that has remained unsolved for more than two years. The case has been reopened because Valerie's parents have received a letter supposedly from their daughter just a few days after the detective on the case was killed in a car accident while chasing down a mysterious new lead.

To be honest I am not a great fan of plain police procedural detective stories. I prefer more emotional connection a...more
First Sentence: He felt quite pleased with himself.

More than two years ago, Valerie Taylor disappeared. Now, a letter is received saying she is alive. Inspector Morse has been assigned the case to learn the truth.

I read principally for character. When I don’t like the characters, I have a hard time getting through the book.

Other than his love of opera, there was little to like about Morse. He drinks too much, is into pornography and leaps to conclusions about the case, then trying to make the c...more
Anna Ligtenberg
ISBN 0553280031 - He's not a genius. And he doesn't have the answer way before you do. In fact, you might get it long before Inspector Morse. Doesn't matter, though, because the twists and turns this tale takes will have you second- and third- guessing yourself. Upon the death of another detective, Morse is handed a missing person's case that is already several years old. Seventeen year-old schoolgirl Valerie Taylor went missing one Tuesday, never to be seen again, even as a corpse. Morse prefer...more
I found this mystery - and the Inspector - even more confusing than the first one. Morse changes his mind frequently, goes off on paths that seem almost delusional, and is hard to warm to. I see almost no connection between the Morse in the Endeavor series and the one in the books (not unusual, I know, but I was expecting more from the BBC).
The Crime Scene Scene
Last Seen Wearing is the second in the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter. Valerie Taylor, a schoolgirl, has been missing for two years and a retired detective has been killed while investigating the case. Morse and Lewis, to their annoyance, are given the missing persons case when a letter comes to light apparently written by the girl herself. The trail will lead them to adultery, blackmail and murder

Morse is much more the character portrayed by John Thaw.Read the full review here
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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...more
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“Morse stared morosely at the blotting paper. "It's just not my sort of case, Lewis. I know it's not a very nice thing to say, but I just get on better when we've got a body - a body that died from unnatural causes. That's all I ask. And we haven't got a body.” 7 likes
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