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Colin Dexter - Author

About the Author

Colin Dexter graduated from Cambridge University in 1953 and has lived in Oxford since 1966.

His first novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975 and there are now twelve novels in the Inspector Morse series, most recently The Daughters of Cain and Death is Now My Neighbour.
 
In 1989 The Wench is Dead was awarded a Gold Dagger by the Crime Writers' Association for best crime novel of the year, as was The Way Through the Woods in 1992, and Colin Dexter has also been awarded Silver Daggers for Service of all the Dead and The Dead of Jericho. Death is Now My Neighbor went straight to the top of the bestseller lists on first publication in 1996.

In 1997 Colin Dexter was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.

The Inspector Morse novels have been adapted for the small screen, with huge success, in Carlton/Central Television's series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately.

Colin Dexter died in March 2017.

Featured books by Colin Dexter

Other books by Colin Dexter

Der letzte Bus nach Woodstock

Der letzte Bus nach Woodstock

Author: Colin Dexter Format: eBook Release Date: 23/07/2018

Das kleine englische Stadtchen Woodstock ist stolz auf seine historischen Gebaude und die edlen Pubs, in denen angeblich schon die fruhen Royals zu Gast waren. Kaum einer erliegt nicht dem Charme von altehrwurdigen Mauern und schicken Hotels. Doch die heile Fassade bekommt deutliche Risse, als im dunklen Hinterhof des Black Prince die Leiche einer jungen Frau gefunden wird. Alles deutet auf einen Sexualmord hin. Inspector Morse wird auf den Fall angesetzt und entwickelt eine brillante Theorie nach der anderen - doch die Wahrheit scheint sich ihm immer wieder zu entziehen.

Die schweigende Welt des Nicholas Quinn

Die schweigende Welt des Nicholas Quinn

Author: Colin Dexter Format: eBook Release Date: 23/07/2018

Der fast taube Nicholas Quinn wird uberraschend zum Mitglied des Verbands fur Auslandsprufungen der Oxford-Universitat berufen. Quinn lebt sich schnell ein in die Welt der angesehenen Professoren, der Nachmittagssitzungen mit gutem Rotwein und der bequemen Ledersessel. Nur hat er kaum Gelegenheit, sich an seinem neuen Job zu erfreuen: Schon kurz nach seiner Ernennung wird Quinn vergiftet in seiner Wohnung aufgefunden. Ein Mord ohne die geringsten Anhaltspunkte - wie geschaffen fur den brillanten Inspector Morse.

Zuletzt gesehen in Kidlington

Zuletzt gesehen in Kidlington

Author: Colin Dexter Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2018

Inspector Morse halt nicht viel von Vorschriften. Wahrend sein Untergebener, Sergeant Lewis, penibel nach Polizeihandbuch ermittelt, folgt Morse lieber seiner Intuition, wobei ihn das tagliche Kreuzwortratsel der Times immer wieder auf verbluffende Fahrten bringt. Vor allem, wenn er bei einem Pint Bitter in einem verrauchten Pub seinen Gedanken nachhangt. Eine herausfordernde Bewhrungsprobe ist der Fall der spurlos verschwundenen Valerie Taylor, die vor mehr als zwei Jahren von zu Hause weggelaufen ist. Morse sieht nicht die geringste Chance, das Mdchen noch lebend zu finden. Bis ein Brief eintrifft, der scheinbar Valeries Unterschrift trgt, und der damalige Ermittler kurz darauf bei einem Verkehrsunfall ums Leben kommt. Morse glaubt nicht an einen Zufall.

Eine Messe fur all die Toten

Eine Messe fur all die Toten

Author: Colin Dexter Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2018

Seit Ewigkeiten ist in der verschlafenen Gemeinde St. Frideswide's nichts Aufregendes mehr passiert. Jeden Sonntag pilgern die Schafchen brav in die Kirche, werfen ein paar Pence in die Kollekte, beichten die ublichen Vergehen und lassen sich von ihren Sunden freisprechen. Bis eines Tages der Kirchenvorsteher ermordet wird - wahrend des Gottesdienstes. Das kommt Chief Inspector Morse ganz gelegen, der sich in seinem Urlaub furchterlich langweilt. Als kurz darauf der Pfarrer hochstselbst vom Kirchturm in den Tod springt, stehen Morse und sein treuer Sergeant Lewis vor einem kriminalistischen Ratsel.

The Dead of Jericho

The Dead of Jericho

Author: Colin Dexter Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/05/2018

The Dead of Jericho is the fifth novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series. Morse switched on the gramophone to 'play', and sought to switch his mind away from all the terrestrial troubles. Sometimes, this way, he almost managed to forget. But not tonight . . . Anne Scott's address was scribbled on a crumpled note in the pocket of Morse's smartest suit. He turned the corner of Canal Street, Jericho, on the afternoon of Wednesday, 3rd October. He hadn't planned a second visit. But he was back later the same day - as the officer in charge of a suicide investigation . . . The Dead of Jericho is followed by the sixth Inspector Morse book, The Riddle of the Third Mile.

The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn

The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn

Author: Colin Dexter Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/05/2018

The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn is the third novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series. Morse had never ceased to wonder why, with the staggering advances in medical science, all pronouncements concerning times of death seemed so disconcertingly vague. The newly appointed member of the Oxford Examinations Syndicate was deaf, provincial and gifted. Now he is dead . . . And his murder, in his north Oxford home, proves to be the start of a formidably labyrinthine case for Chief Inspector Morse, as he tries to track down the killer through the insular and bitchy world of the Oxford Colleges . . . The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn is followed by the fourth Inspector Morse book, Service of All the Dead.

Last Seen Wearing

Last Seen Wearing

Author: Colin Dexter Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/05/2018

Last Seen Wearing is the second novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series. 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, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold. Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case . . . Last Seen Wearing is followed by the third Inspector Morse book, The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn.

The Wench is Dead

The Wench is Dead

Author: Colin Dexter Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/05/2018

The Wench is Dead is the eighth novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series. That night he dreamed in Technicolor. He saw the ochre-skinned, scantily clad siren in her black, arrowed stockings. And in Morse's muddled computer of a mind, that siren took the name of one Joanna Franks . . . The body of Joanna Franks was found at Duke's Cut on the Oxford Canal at about 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 22nd June 1859. At around 10.15 a.m. on a Saturday morning in 1989 the body of Chief Inspector Morse - though very much alive - was removed to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. Treatment for a perforated ulcer was later pronounced successful. As Morse begins his recovery he comes across an account of the investigation and the trial that followed Joanna Franks' death . . . and becomes convinced that the two men hanged for her murder were innocent . . . The Wench is Dead is followed by the ninth Inspector Morse book, The Jewel That Was Ours.

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

Author: Colin Dexter Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/05/2018

Morse had solved so many mysteries in his life. Was he now, he wondered, beginning to glimpse the solution to the greatest mystery of them all . . . ? How can the discovery of a short story by a beautiful Oxford graduate lead Chief Inspector Morse to her murderer? What awaits Morse and Lewis in Room 231 of the Randolph Hotel? Why does a theft at Christmas lead the detective to look upon the festive season with uncharacteristic goodwill? And what happens when Morse himself falls victim to a brilliantly executed crime? Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories is a dazzling collection of short stories from Inspector Morse's creator, Colin Dexter. It includes six ingenious cases for the world's most popular fictional detective - plus five other tantalizingly original tales to delight all lovers of classic crime fiction.

The Riddle of the Third Mile

The Riddle of the Third Mile

Author: Colin Dexter Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/05/2018

The Riddle of the Third Mile is the sixth novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series. The thought suddenly occurred to Morse that this would be a marvellous time to murder a few of the doddery old bachelor dons. No wives to worry about their whereabouts; no landladies to whine about the unpaid rents. In fact nobody would miss most of them at all . . . By the 16th of July the Master of Lonsdale was concerned, but not yet worried. Dr Browne-Smith had passed through the porter's lodge at approximately 8.15 a.m. on the morning of Friday, 11th July. And nobody had heard from him since. Plenty of time to disappear, thought Morse. And plenty of time, too, for someone to commit murder . . . The Riddle of the Third Mile is followed by the seventh Inspector Morse book, The Secret of Annexe 3.

Inspector Morse: BBC Radio Drama Collection

Inspector Morse: BBC Radio Drama Collection

Author: Colin Dexter Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

Three BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations starring John Shrapnel as Morse and Robert Glenister as Lewis, plus a bonus reading by Colin Dexter of one of his short stories.In Last Seen Wearing, Inspector Morse is reluctant to take over an old missing person case from a dead colleague. But two years, three months and two days after teenager Valerie Taylor's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence. . .In The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn Inspector Morse tackles the murder of an exam invigilator. The newly appointed member of the Oxford foreign exam syndicate was deaf, and he wasn't from the insular world of the Oxford colleges. Now he is dead.After he's rushed into hospital, Inspector Morse becomes intrigued by an old crime in The Wench is Dead. Could the wrong men have been hanged for the murder of Joanna Franks?Plus Colin Dexter reads his own short story, The Double Crossing, in which it is a good first day for a certain detective named Lewis.Gripping, suspenseful and entertaining, these BBC dramatisations were adapted by Guy Meredith from the original Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter.

Inspector Morse: BBC Radio Drama Collection

Inspector Morse: BBC Radio Drama Collection

Author: Colin Dexter Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/03/2018

Three BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations starring John Shrapnel as Morse and Robert Glenister as Lewis, plus a bonus reading by Colin Dexter of one of his short stories. In Last Seen Wearing, Inspector Morse is reluctant to take over an old missing person case from a dead colleague. But two years, three months and two days after teenager Valerie Taylor's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence. . . In The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn Inspector Morse tackles the murder of an exam invigilator. The newly appointed member of the Oxford foreign exam syndicate was deaf, and he wasn't from the insular world of the Oxford colleges. Now he is dead. After he's rushed into hospital, Inspector Morse becomes intrigued by an old crime in The Wench is Dead. Could the wrong men have been hanged for the murder of Joanna Franks? Plus Colin Dexter reads his own short story, The Double Crossing, in which it is a good first day for a certain detective named Lewis. Gripping, suspenseful and entertaining, these BBC dramatisations were adapted by Guy Meredith from the original Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter. Duration: 4 hours 45 mins approx.

The Way Through the Woods

The Way Through the Woods

Author: Colin Dexter, Barry Forshaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

They called her the Swedish Maiden - the beautiful young tourist who disappeared on a hot summer's day somewhere in North Oxford. Twelve months later the case remains unsolved - pending further developments. On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse is startled to read a tantalizing article in The Times about this missing woman. An article which lures him back to Wytham Woods near Oxford . . . and straight into the most extraordinary murder investigation of his career. First published in 1992, The Way Through the Woods strikes the perfect balance between the best of Colin Dexter's cantankerous detective, and the character as portrayed in the hugely successful television adaptation starring John Thaw. Ingenious and affecting, this modern crime novel will endure as a classic of the genre. With an introduction by writer and broadcaster Barry Forshaw. Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

The Way Through the Woods

The Way Through the Woods

Author: Colin Dexter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

The Way Through the Woods is the tenth novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series. Quietly, rather movingly, Strange was making his plea: 'Christ knows why, Lewis, but Morse will always put himself out for you.' As he put the phone down, Lewis knew that Strange had been right . . . in the case of the Swedish Maiden, the pair of them were in business again . . . They called her the Swedish Maiden - the beautiful young tourist who disappeared on a hot summer's day somewhere in North Oxford. Twelve months later the case remained unsolved - pending further developments. On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse is startled to read a tantalizing article in The Times about the missing woman. An article which lures him back to Wytham Woods near Oxford . . . and straight into the most extraordinary murder investigation of his career. The Way Through the Woods is followed by the eleventh Inspector Morse book, The Daughters of Cain.

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

Author: Colin Dexter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Morse had solved so many mysteries in his life. Was he now, he wondered, beginning to glimpse the solution to the greatest mystery of them all . . . ? How can the discovery of a short story by a beautiful Oxford graduate lead Chief Inspector Morse to her murderer? What awaits Morse and Lewis in Room 231 of the Randolph Hotel? Why does a theft at Christmas lead the detective to look upon the festive season with uncharacteristic goodwill? And what happens when Morse himself falls victim to a brilliantly executed crime? Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories is a dazzling collection of short stories from Inspector Morse's creator, Colin Dexter. It includes six ingenious cases for the world's most popular fictional detective - plus five other tantalizingly original tales to delight all lovers of classic crime fiction.

Death is Now My Neighbour

Death is Now My Neighbour

Author: Colin Dexter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2016

Death is Now My Neighbour is the twelfth novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series. As he drove his chief down to Kidlington, Lewis returned the conversation to where it had begun. 'You haven't told me what you think about this fellow Owens - the dead woman's next-door neighbour.' 'Death is always the next-door neighbour,' said Morse sombrely. The murder of a young woman . . . A cryptic 'seventeenth-century' love poem . . . And a photograph of a mystery grey-haired man . . . More than enough to set Chief Inspector E. Morse on the trail of a killer. And it's a trail that leads him to Lonsdale College, where the contest between Julian Storrs and Dr Denis Cornford for the coveted position of Master is hotting up. But then Morse faces a greater, far more personal crisis . . . Death is Now My Neighbour is followed by the thirteenth Inspector Morse book, The Remorseful Day.

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