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The Remorseful Day

(Inspector Morse #13)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  4,615 ratings  ·  222 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 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
Bionic Jean
Aug 07, 2014 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
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This hard cover book is signed by Colin Dexter. This is the last Morse book.
Sep 20, 2008 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
Rebecca Hazell
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Colin Dexter was a disappointment overall, though I read most of his books in an attempt to be fair. The TV series was much better. Dexter spent lots of time showing off his main character Morse's mastery of Latin, mutual attractions to beautiful women that led nowhere (maybe Morse quoted too much Latin to them or corrected their spelling too often), and then being sentimental in unconvincing ways. As I said, watch the series and don't bother with the books.
Jill Holmes
Apr 22, 2013 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
Susan Johnson
Jul 16, 2014 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
Patrick Neylan
They say you shouldn't read the last book first, but hey, it was to hand. I've got to say I'm a little disappointed. The plot of The Remorseful Day frays around the edges as Dexter tries a little too hard to keep the reader off balance, while Morse's (view spoiler) is over-signalled as he does things he surely wouldn't do, such as revealing the murderer in a private diary without telling Lewis.

And the inexorable progress towards that reveal via diversions and re
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
Sep 09, 2011 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?
Sep 11, 2011 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.

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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
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The final Morse novel. It was bittersweet. Like Sargent Lewis, I will miss the old pervy bastard. The mystery, an unsolved murder of a sexy nurse is put back on the front burner when new facts come to light and Morse takes the case. I think it is great that Dexter was able to bow out of this series on a high note.
Jo Hurst
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was read with bittersweet pleasure. We all know it’s the last one and we all know that Morse will die in the book. This lends the story a touch of sadness throughout. The storyline is Dexter classic, intriguing and interesting. Morse initially refuses to look into the murder of Yvonne Harrison, a cold case a year old but Lewis soon discovers that Morse is doing this in the sly, until Morse’s hand is forced. This story sees Lewis take a bigger lead than usual and the scene where he role play ...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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Sarah  T
Mar 25, 2016 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. Dex
Jul 28, 2008 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 adamant th
May 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
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Mary Wilt
Sep 23, 2012 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 12, 2013 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
Dec 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I got about halfway through this book before it struck me that if it hadn't been an Inspector Morse novel, I'd have given up on it several chapters before.

The pace was glacial and I didn't like any of the characters, except perhaps for Sergeant Lewis (however, I think that's because I have a soft spot for the TV Lewis and that's how I was picturing him). Morse himself was a smug, curmudgeonly, middle-aged, alcoholic miser who still managed to be attractive to women (there are so many fictional
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 14, 2014 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
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this entire series, one after the other to try and satisfy my craving for Morse.

The deaths of both Mr Dexter and Mr Thaw left a large hole. Now, I have read all of these more than once - and watched each episode a dozen times - except this last one. Once was enough for something so immensely powerful.
Miriam Smith
I've tended to enjoy Inspector Morse novels but unfortunately couldn't get away with the opening chapters of this one so didn't complete it, although was disappointed I didn't, knowing this was the one book that is poignant in Morse's life.
Jul 11, 2009 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.
Oct 25, 2009 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...
Kyle Blount
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great ending to a great series. Dexter at the top of his game.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was very fortunate to be able to read this series in order and this review is made for the entire series not just this book. As the final book in the series it provides a very satisfactory ending.
Although a fan of English detective series' and despite having heard a great deal about this in the publicity from the TV shows I only read the first volume this summer as part of a reading club recommendation. I had mixed feelings after the first but the quality of the writing and the quirky characte
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Morse mystery No. 12 is the best in the series (so far). Strange reopens a cold case that Morse refuses to get involve with initially. As the re-opened case set of more murders, Morse gets drawn in. A wonderful book, that really digs into the Strange - Morse - Lewis relationship and has a shocking ending. Great read. 8 out of 12!
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