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The Remorseful Day (Inspector Morse #13)

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Over 13 novels and a popular television series later, Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse has taken his place alongside Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Lord Peter Wimsey, Philip Marlowe, and a handful of other famous sleuths. Like most of them, Morse possesses an uncanny intelligence, especially in matters of crime and crosswords, but Dexter has always made sure that his detec ...more
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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
Jill Holmes
Apr 22, 2013 Jill Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 27, 2008 Arwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan Johnson
Jul 21, 2014 Susan Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah T
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.
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
Jul 18, 2015 Charlotte (Buried in Books) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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Mar 19, 2015 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.

back cover:
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
Mary Wilt
Sep 23, 2012 Mary Wilt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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 o ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anirban Das
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
Jul 15, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2012 Scotchneat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
Sep 14, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Jul 05, 2015 Manda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
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Jul 11, 2009 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 11, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 27, 2009 Dorrit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Stephen Katz
Apr 14, 2016 Stephen Katz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I read this. Probably the best of the whole series. Who doesn't like Morse? Lovely character that I've followed over a long time. How sad. Maybe he'll come back in another book, and we'll be told that what happened to him in this one was just a dream and now someone has woken up to tell the real Morse about that dream. One can only hope. But nice intriguing thriller and lovely literate writing.

The thing about the whole series, though, is that it definitely belongs to an era past and, h
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
Terry Bonner
Jul 13, 2012 Terry Bonner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Margaret1358 Joyce
Though this is the last in Colin Dexter's thirteen-book, Chief Inspector Morse crime series, it's the first that I've read. Dexter's writing and, in particular, his characterization of Morse has impact. A ton of it! The reader is led into the realm of the human heart and its passions-- with the realm of justice being made evident as, no, not a realm unto itself, but as the necessary outgrowth of moral law. Great stuff!
Andrew Davis
Morse's last case. With reluctance he takes up an unresolved murder of the local nurse with a vast circle of admirers. It turns out Morse was one of them, as was his superintendent Strange. The sergeant Lewis is disappointed with Morse, and only after his death Strange explains to him that it was him Morse was covering for to save his marriage. Morse having a premonition that his time is running out makes notes of the case to suggest who the murderer was. Lewis finds them after Morse's death. Th ...more
May 28, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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Cherie Singleton
Dec 22, 2015 Cherie Singleton rated it it was amazing
A Fit Ending.

Morse was a conundrum - his exit was no exception. The author found a genuine way to expose his weaknesses and strengths. Lewis grows for all this and acquires kindness and forgiveness something he lacked at the beginning of the series.
Kathy  Petersen
Having watched all the TV episodes of Inspector Morse, I have grown unaccountably fond of the irascible old man. In homage to him (and to John Thaw who portrayed him), I read this last volume before turning to the successor series, Inspector Lewis. Dexter didn't write any books about Lewis, but the author does cameo appearances in the show.
David Matthews
Apr 20, 2015 David Matthews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read! Colin Dexter is a marvellous writer and he ends this series of Inspector Morse novels quite superbly with Morse, Lewis and Strange's relationships with each other developed and finalised
Jan 03, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to start by saying that this book was given to me as a gift and I was unaware that it was the last in a series. But to be brutally honest, it has convinced me that the rest of the series is not worth the bother of reading. If I wanted a lesson on English, spelling and grammar, I wouldn't read a Novel! I understand that the typical reader out there (including myself) is bothered by typos and misspelled words, but I don't think it should be a constant theme in any novel, or character, for t ...more
Marc Hirsch
Feb 22, 2016 Marc Hirsch rated it it was amazing
Sweet Mystery

Brilliant use of language unfolds murder, comments on life and love, and beautifully displays the quirkiness of its appealing protagonist. Very British.
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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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