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The Remorseful Day (Inspector Morse #13)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  3,373 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
The final Inspector Morse mystery finds the cunning detective and the long-suffering Sergeant Lewis in pursuit of nurse Yvonne Harrington's murderer . . . two years after her death.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 29th 2000 by Crown (first published 1999)
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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 James Thane rated it really liked it
Reading the last novel in a series that you've really enjoyed is always something of a bittersweet experience, and such is the case with this, the thirteenth and last entry in Colin Dexter's series featuring Chief Inspector Morse. Through it all, Morse has remained his brilliant, cheap, curmudgeonly self, often irritating many of those around him, but nonetheless always producing a solution to a very complicated crime. And, standing by his side through it all, has been his faithful and often put ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it
If you want to read an Inspector Morse novel, and have never read any before, then don't start with this one! It is the thirteenth and final novel in the series, and the title The Remorseful Day acts as a spoiler, leaving not much doubt in the reader's mind as to what will happen to our favourite detective, who is now 58 years old. Or in the words of his sidekick Sergeant Lewis, what will happen to that, "curmudgeonly, miserly, oddly vulnerable chief".

Colin Dexter explained in an interview that
Apr 06, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dexter, Colin. THE REMORSEFUL DAY. (1999). *****. This was Dexter’s last novel in his Inspector Morse series of detective tales, and, likely, one of his best. It is set in Oxford, as are most of the novels, where Superintendent Strange (Morse’s superior) has decided to reopen a case that is a year old. A woman of about 40 was found murdered in her flat. She had been handcuffed to her bed, naked, with a gag in her mouth, and brutally killed with some kind of heavy bar. Back when the case was fres ...more
Sep 20, 2008 Arwen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-suspense
I don't very often shed a tear when reading but this was one of the exceptions!
This last Morse story had a different feel to it right from the start. The crime plot seems to have almost secondary importance (maybe because one already knows what is going to happen at the end) and the three characters - Morse, Lewis and Strange - come to the fore.
Such a sad and moving ending. Poor Morse, heading straight down the road to self-destruction, unwilling or unable to prevent the inevitable. And poor Lew
Jill Holmes
Apr 22, 2013 Jill Holmes rated it it was amazing
The Colin Dexter mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Morse of the Thames Valley CID and leading up to this book have prepared the reader for the likely end of the great detective. He drinks far to much, easts poorly, can't resist the occasional cigarette, and (most recently) has been diagnosed with diabetes and a host of impending health disasters requiring a far more strict lifestyle. The murder in this mystery has baffled his fellow detectives for more than a year, and, when new evidence, surf ...more
I am a huge fan of the television series starring John Thaw, so I just had to read the books and learn more about Morse. I know it is a little stupid to start with the last book, but as I had watched all episodes aside from The Remorseful Day, I saw this as my chance to finally read before watching. The case was so complicated and left me chewing my lip very frequently. I was also left broken hearted. I know I would likely not have cried had I not been able to put a face, a voice, with the names ...more
Susan Johnson
Jul 16, 2014 Susan Johnson rated it really liked it
One of the best of all the Morse series as it really explores the relationship of Morse and Lewis and Strange. The main case deals with the death of a woman several years before that Strange orders Morse to investigate. Morse is at his best here. He does not go willy-nilly looking for a solution to the crime. He does not pick up women or drink excessively. Has he changed?

No. Morse is sick and it is no surprise that he dies during the book. It's how the ends ties up and Morse's genuine care for
Sep 09, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I only wish there were ten stars! I feel as if I have taken another course in English literature. He quotes all the greats: Shakespeare, Keats, A.E. Housmen, his favorite, Byron, Wilde, Gray, Dickens, Tennyson, Yeats. The mystery was excellent and(spoiler alert)his death so tragic I cried. Why did his best have to be his last?

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Runtime.......... 10 hours 54 mins

Description: The first Inspector Morse novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, appeared a quarter-century ago. This finale to a grand series presents a moving elegy to one of mystery fiction's most celebrated and popular characters. The murder of nurse Yvonne Harrington two years earlier remains unsolved, but the Oxford police receive an anonymous tip that prompts them to revive their investigation. Morse's superior, Chief Super
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
Dec 31, 2013 Charlotte (Buried in Books) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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Sarah  T
Mar 25, 2016 Sarah T rated it liked it
A couple of times a year, we go to the seaside town of Whitby for a brief couple of days of R&R and I always make sure to pick up a paperback in the secondhand book shop while we're there. "The Remorseful Day" was by choice this time and it's good holiday reading - a well written, decently plotted police procedural with a couple of red herrings and, of course, the legend that is Inspector Morse.

The trouble is that I never find the Morse novels as satisfying as I do the superlative TV series.
Mary Wilt
Sep 23, 2012 Mary Wilt rated it really liked it
I am always uncertain why people describe Dexter as a "wonderful" writer. I find his prose irritating, rambling, superficial, and abrupt--and it's not because that is Morse's character, either!

Nonetheless, it is hard to put a Morse mystery down. What more do you want from a detective novel, after all?

There is no mystery to the fact that this is Morse's final appearance, it says so right on the flap. But Dexter's knack for substituting a dialogue between characters for any inner dialogue works
Jul 28, 2008 Catsalive rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Very good reading. Morse is a great character & I could picture John Thaw throughout. This is the only Morse I've read but I'd love to go back to the beginning & read the lot.

The final Inspector Morse novel.

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The murder of Yvonne Harrison had left Thames Valley CID baffled. A year after the dreadful crime they are still no nearer to making an arrest. But one man has yet to tackle the case - and it is just the sort of puzzle at which Chief Inspector Morse excels. So why is he ad
Jul 12, 2013 Vicky rated it really liked it
Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis are my favorite crime solving partners and for me John Thaw and Kevin Whately brought both of these characters to life perfectly in the TV series. Remorseful Day is the final installment in the book series by Dexter. Now that Inspector Lewis has come to an end and we are now starting the prequel Endeavour, I decided to go back and re-read the 13 full length novels in reverse order. They are so well written, so literary (I always learn from the quotes that ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it
I found this very moving. The story of Morse, Lewis, and Strange coming to terms with Morse's failing health and eventual demise was a melancholy backdrop to the mystery. The mystery itself was a bit more drawn out than I care for but Dexter still managed to throw in some sneaky curves right up to the end.

As a stand alone, this novel would probably not be as powerful. The mystery does of course work as an independent story but unless you have read the series (or watched the TV show) the persona
Oct 25, 2009 Dorrit rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, kindle
Usually I rather like the Morse mysteries but I couldn't even get through this one. Maybe the BBC interpretations are better than the books...
Sep 11, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
The last book in the Inspector Morse series. I was amazed at how moved I felt by his death at the end, even though that death was no surprise.
Jul 11, 2009 Kay rated it really liked it
I read my way through all the Inspector Morse books and loved them all. Even though this was the last one I also thought it was the best in some ways.
Kyle Blount
May 15, 2016 Kyle Blount rated it it was amazing
A great ending to a great series. Dexter at the top of his game.
Dane Cobain
Jun 07, 2014 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it
The Remorseful Day is the final book in Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse series, and it’s certainly true that it does a good job of wrapping up the other books and bringing the series to a close. That said, it just wasn’t particularly exciting – it was competent but formulaic, and while it did bring the series to an end, I wouldn’t call it triumphant.

I also felt that this book, more so than some of the other Morse books, started to feel a little overcomplicated, and not in a good way. It felt like
Terry Bonner
Jul 12, 2012 Terry Bonner rated it it was amazing
As underwhelmed as I was by LAST BUS TO WOODSTOCK, I was equally overawed by the richness and depth of THE REMORSEFUL DAY. The novel simply was masterful, a completely satisfying coda to the Morse cycle, as well as a dignified and fitting epitaph for the character himself.

At first I was put off by the epigrams which head each chapter. However, as the plot advanced and grew more intense, I became converted to the concept. This novel revolves not so much around the action as the setting, a charact
Sep 26, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing
An Honor to Review, September 26, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: The Remorseful Day (Mass Market Paperback)
This was my first Inspector Morse mystery and how strange that it turned out to be the last in this excellent series.
I decided to start reading Inspector Morse after watching the Inspector Lewis series on PBS. Never miss it.

This story begins with the Inspector in a hospital being cared for by a more than charming nurse...Yvonne Harrison. Morse goes on with his life
Peter J.
May 24, 2016 Peter J. rated it it was amazing
His loads of red herrings, his almost-solutions, the twists and turns, are what draw his readers in; wondering about this anomaly, questing reasons for that snippet of information, casually dropped onto the scuffing of the trail...
So no, herewith no précis of the plot, but just a tribute to Colin Dexter. He is surely one of the very best of British crime writers, who unfortunately give a mere mortal aspiring writer an inferiority complex. Our only consolation is that an increasing number of read
May 12, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
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Nancy Groves
Aug 04, 2016 Nancy Groves rated it liked it
This is the last book in the Inspector Morse series, and it probably isn't a spoiler to say that Morse dies. It's clear from page one that he has multiple health problems and is well aware that his time is short, so even if you didn't know that before starting the book, you can see it coming. The mystery itself is well played. A cold case involving a woman murdered in her bed, apparently while engaging in some slightly kinky sex with someone not her husband, has been reopened, and Morse is order ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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The last Inspector Morse book. This book is not a fast paced book, but the reader wont lose interest. The book starts off rather slowly, and never reaches breath taking speed, but always manages to maintain a steady run.
This is an emotional book. By three fourth of the book it ceases to be a mere crime fiction but rather becomes a study of Morse's last days. But having said this the plot is masterfully done, all the elements of a Morse mystery are present.
But, for me the last 50 pages of the boo
Dec 09, 2012 Scotchneat rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I haven't read the whole series but I'm familiar with the tv show, of course.

This is the last Morse novel, and there are some really poignant moments in the story.

A sexed up nurse is found dead in her room and a year later, no one has any clue how it happened. But when Morse is assigned the case, he refuses to take it on. Sargent Lewis has some uncharitable ideas about why that might be so.

Morse is also dealing with his diabetes with more whiskey and lying about his blood readings. Which can'
Gary Branson
Oct 10, 2016 Gary Branson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent finale. I enjoyed all the books in the series while reading them but for some reason they don't stick with me. I would be hard-pressed to tell anyone what the plot summaries are for each book. Glad I read the series and ready to move on.
Dawn Marie
Mar 09, 2017 Dawn Marie rated it it was amazing
Surely, one of the most poignant series of books about male friendship (dare I say love) I have ever read. What are Morse and Lewis? Are they just co-workers, partners solving the crime, optimist and curmudgeon, supplicant and abuser, best friends, student and mentor, father and son? Or is it all of the above? What it is is a relationship that is genuine and true, and just a joy to read.

The “mystery” in this last book isn’t all that important and is merely a device to help us transition from wor
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Norman Colin Dexter was 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, a
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Inspector Morse (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Last Seen Wearing (Inspector Morse, #2)
  • The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Inspector Morse, #3)
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