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The Remorseful Day

(Inspector Morse #13)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,919 Ratings  ·  151 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
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.
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
Apr 06, 2010 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 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
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
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
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
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.
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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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: 2018, 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.
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.
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 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.

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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had seen the final Inspector Morse episode on TV a couple of times actually, but the book was so much more. Morse was a brilliant detective and the unfolding of the written story very satisfactory. I was most impressed with Lewis who was not given much credence for his intelligence in the TV stories, but he shone in print.
Great story even if nearly 20 years old.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing. I love the Morse character, who had become real for me, having watched John Thaw bring him to life in the TV series and had never wanted to read this last story or see the last episode of the series and watch him die. Still, it was a pleasure to read this book, so well put together. I never wanted to put it down, even though I knew that I would be left very sad at the end.
Ann Helen
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dexter-colin
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Brian (Brian's Bookshelves)
So the final Morse book -
As with the last 3 or 4 books there are two stories here. We have the Murder Story
Strange opens an old case of a woman murdered in her bed. The original suspects are interviewed but then another death of a chief witness/suspect leads Morse and Lewis to examine the case in detail again. A complicated plot with many twists so you really need to concentrate on who is who and and what they said 100 pages ago.
The second, and more engaging story, is Morse's health and his gr
Dane Cobain
Jun 07, 2014 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
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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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