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Last Seen Wearing

(Inspector Morse #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  4,902 ratings  ·  241 reviews
"Morse was beset by a nagging feeling. Most of his fanciful notions about the Taylor girl had evaporated and he had begun to suspect that further investigation into Valerie's disappearance would involve little more than sober and tedious routine . . .

The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth.

After leaving home to return to school, tee
Published October 5th 2017 by Macmillan (first published 1976)
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Bev Taylor i think u will find that philipson tried to take his own life but morse stopped him. also she just disappeared again - thru choice. did not explain…morei think u will find that philipson tried to take his own life but morse stopped him. also she just disappeared again - thru choice. did not explain the scar on the other girl's finger though, but it would be rather common and u see what u want. hope this helps. (less)
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James Thane
Last seen wearing her school uniform, Valerie Taylor disappeared a little over two years ago on her way back to her school in a small town near Oxford after having eaten lunch at home. Seventeen and very well-developed, Valerie had a taste for older men and after her parents reported her missing, Valerie was never seen again and her body was never found.

The police detective originally assigned to the case has continued to work it periodically, even though what little trail there was has long sin
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Bionic Jean
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
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A girl disappeared and has been presumed dead for more than two years; but is she even dead?

Reading this book was like walking through a maze: so many possible ways to go and so many of them wrong. (Here's the solution; oops, no, that's not it. HERE'S what happened; nope, nope, nope. Okay, this is it...this is what happened; wrong again.) In a word, it was great fun.

I'm particularly enjoying the development of Morse's and Lewis's relationship; Morse really does think highly of Lewis, but simply
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable read again. I had been re-reading all of the books that are on kindle and Colin Dexter died with 2 days reading left in this book, So Sad. But he created a unique and memorable set of characters that are still entertaining millions of people.

LAST SEEN WEARING. (1976). Colin Dexter. ****1/2.
If you are looking for a terrifically constructed crime novel, look no further. Inspector Morse gets assigned to a ‘cold’ case where a young woman who has been missing for nearly three years suddenly appears again in the form of a letter to her parents. Morse believes that the girl is dead, and that the letter is a forgery introduced to add confusion to an already mixed up situation. He teams up with his usual partner on this one, and slowly and m
Christine Blachford
The second Morse book puts the Inspector in a position he's not entirely comfortable with - a cold case of a missing person, rather than a murder with a body to work from. That makes it all the more fascinating as a reader - the twists and turns of the is she/isn't she alive on top of the possibilities of who did what to whom and when.

I'm still not entirely sure I'm on board with Morse himself. His scattergun nature is fine, that's often the way with brilliant detectives - Sherlock and Frost bot
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Oh dear. I've come upon a series which might have been a perfectly good read were it not for seeing the TV version first. This is the 3rd Inspector Morse I've read and the second in the series. (The first I read was actually the 10th, I think. Read out of order because it was just at hand.) I have to say, I don't really like them all that much. For one thing, there is very little I find in the least appealing or interesting about Morse. He's smart, I suppose. But you don't really see the gears t ...more
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, gialli
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
Kate Forsyth
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I’m giving the Inspector Morse mysteries by Colin Dexter a go, having never read them before. I started with Book 1, which I enjoyed with reservations. I have had exactly the same experience with Book 2. The mystery is interesting, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. It focuses on a cold case of a missing girl, who disappeared on her way to school at the age of seventeen. The detective working the case concluded she had run away with a man, but now that detective is dead. Only a few days l ...more
Ann Helen
3,5. Tok seg kraftig opp etter ca. 50 prosent.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die beiden TV-Serien „Lewis – Der Oxfordkrimi“ und „Endeavour – Der junge Inspektor Morse“ nach Motiven der Kriminalromane des leider im Vorjahr verstorbenen Colin Dexter, haben mit Sicherheit bei einigen Zuschauern das Interesse an den zwischen 1985 und 1999 erschienenen literarischen Vorlagen geweckt (in der deutschen Übersetzung), die in der Zwischenzeit aber leider nur noch zu horrenden Preisen antiquarisch zu haben waren. Umso erfreulicher ist es, dass der Unionsverlag sich entschieden hat, ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book no. 2 is about a missing persons case regarding the disappearance of Valerie Taylor, a pupil of Roger Bacon School in Oxford. Solving this whodunit involves Valerie's parents, a few male teachers, and a possible move to London. The case is two years old, there is no body, and Strange has ordered Inspector Morris to resolve the case, whether Morris likes it or not. Previous Inspector Ainley has a few crumbs to go on but died in a car wreck. Morris begins like he does with crossword puzz ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fiction, mystery
Having watched the Morse TV show and lived in Oxford, I feel that I should really be able to get into the books, but as the moment they just are resonating as they should. Colin Dexter writes a more subtle mystery than the traditional murder mysteries I'm used to - say Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes - there are lots of possible answers based on the information, as a reader you can't really work it out in advance, but then neither can Morse. Part of the charm of these books, I suppose is that ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
Der Krimi hat schon irgendwie alles, was so in einem guten englischen Krimi drinstecken sollte.
Kurze knackige Kapitel, die zum weiterlesen anregen, ein sympathisches Ermittlerduo und auch interessante Handlungsorte, denn es wird in Oxford und in London ermittelt.
Auf jeden Fall ist es ein wirklich spannender Kriminalfall, der mehrere Wendungen hat und Morse zur Verzweiflung bringt. Die endgültige Auflösung ist dann wirklich überraschend.
Ich bin froh, dass dies erst Band 2 ist, so einige Bände hab
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5, I'm persevering to see if the later ones improve as these early ones are very of their time, great stories as you would expect but the permeating sexism makes them difficult to read at times.
Sashankh Kale
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I wonder if the reason I couldn't really care very much about this story is related to Morse not really caring very much about it either. When he cannot squeeze it into being murder-shaped, he admits that he simply cannot raise much enthusiasm. And in many ways I feel similarly.

The opening Prologue definitely caught my attention, keeping me intrigued to find where it fitted and to whom it belonged.

One of my main issues, I think, is with the characterization. I prefer the characters of the TV Mor
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
Kevin K. Gillette
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've been meaning to read the Inspector Morse mysteries for quite some time now, and when I ran across this volume at Half-Price Books, it was too hard to resist. This book is actually the second of the thirteen novels by Colin Dexter in this series (the first one wasn't available at the HPB I was in).

I didn't have any preconceived notions about the style of writing, etc. I was very pleasantly surprised, not only by the quality of the narrative, sprinkled liberally with whimsy and witticisms, bu
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
Rob Smith, Jr.
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
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
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
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
of the two Inspector Morse books I have read thus far, this is my least favorite. Granted, I still enjoy the atmosphere and style of Dexter's universe, but that was about the only things keeping me going. It was evident from the start that Morse didn't care about this case, and when forced to take it, proceeded to blunder his way through it like a bull in a china shop. Morse systematically screws the pooch in any way he can, and Sergeant Lewis is left to pick up the pieces (indeed, he comes much ...more
Rob Kitchin
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-mystery
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
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-england
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
Domenico Cinalli
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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“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.” 12 likes
“Morse firmly believed that there was nothing so unsatisfactory as this kind of pornography; he liked it hot or not at all.” 1 likes
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