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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

Last Seen Wearing

Last Seen Wearing

Author: Colin Dexter, Hilary Waugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2015

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 Dead of Jericho

The Dead of Jericho

Author: Colin Dexter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2015

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.

Service of All the Dead

Service of All the Dead

Author: Colin Dexter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2015

Service of All the Dead is the fourth novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series. The sweet countenance of Reason greeted Morse serenely when he woke, and told him that it would be no bad idea to have a quiet look at the problem itself before galloping off to a solution. Chief Inspector Morse was alone among the congregation in suspecting continued unrest in the quiet parish of St Frideswide's. Most people could still remember the churchwarden's murder. A few could still recall the murderer's suicide. Now even the police had closed the case. Until a chance meeting among the tombstones reveals startling new evidence of a conspiracy to deceive . . . Service of All the Dead is followed by the fifth Inspector Morse book, The Dead of Jericho.

Last Bus to Woodstock

Last Bus to Woodstock

Author: Colin Dexter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2015

Last Bus to Woodstock is the novel that began Colin Dexter's phenomenally successful Inspector Morse series. 'Do you think I'm wasting your time, Lewis?' Lewis was nobody's fool and was a man of some honesty and integrity. 'Yes, sir.' An engaging smile crept across Morse's mouth. He thought they could get on well together . . .' The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man - facing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault and rape. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key . . . Last Bus to Woodstock is followed by the second Inspector Morse book, Last Seen Wearing.

Inspector Morse: The first three novels

Inspector Morse: The first three novels

Author: Colin Dexter Format: eBook Release Date: 11/04/2013

Featuring the first three books in this classic crime series starring Inspector Morse: Last Bus to Woodstock, Last Seen Wearing and The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn. Last Bus to Woodstock: The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man - facing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault and rape. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key . . . Last Seen Wearing: 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 . . . The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn. 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 . . .

Jewel That Was Ours

Jewel That Was Ours

Author: Colin Dexter Format: eBook Release Date: 06/08/2012

An Inspector Morse Mystery The case seems so simple that Inspector Morse deems it beneath his notice. A wealthy, elderly American tourist has a heart attack in her room at Oxford's luxurious Randolph Hotel. Missing from the scene is the lady's handbag, which contained the Wolvercote Tongue, a priceless jewel that her late husband had bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum just across the street. Morse proceeds to spend a great deal of time thinking-and drinking-in the hotel's bar, certain the solution is close at hand, until conflicting stories, suspicious doings, and a real murder convince him otherwise.

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

Author: Colin Dexter Format: eBook Release Date: 02/08/2012

Colin Dexter's Chief Inspector Morse-the cranky, heavy-drinking, and exasperatingly brilliant sleuth of the Thames Valley Police-has become one of the most beloved detectives in fiction. Now, with this collection of eleven short stories, we can savor choice examples of his dry wit, devious cunning, and psychological insight at its best. Colin Dexter tantalizes us with six Inspector Morse adventures, ranging from bite-size morsels of intrigue to longer stories for listeners to sink their teeth into. Then, for added variety, Dexter shows his range with five mysteries featuring new characters and some familiar ones: one story features that other great English detective, Sherlock Holmes, in a tale that rivals those of Conan Doyle himself. "e;Morse's Greatest Mystery"e; and the other stories in this collection are a banquet for the mystery lover-rich, varied, and satisfying. Stories included are: As Good As GoldMorse's Greatest MysteryEvans Tries an O-LevelDead As a DodoAt the Lulu-Bar MotelNeighbourhood WatchA Case of Mis-identityThe Inside StoryMonty's RevolverThe Carpet-BaggerLast Call

Cracking Cryptic Crosswords

Cracking Cryptic Crosswords

Author: Colin Dexter Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2009

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: The Dead of Jericho

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: The Dead of Jericho

Author: Colin Dexter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2008

The most consistent of all series in terms of language control, length, and quality of story. David R. Hill, Director of the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading.

Daughters of Cain

Daughters of Cain

Author: Colin Dexter Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2007

Little progress had been made by the Thames Valley Police since the discovery of a corpse in a North Oxford flat. The police had no weapon, no suspect, and no motive. But within days of taking over the investigation, Chief Inspector Morse and Detective Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life and death of the victim, Dr. Felix McClure, late of Wolsey College, Oxford. The trail leads to a staircase in Wolsey College and a former "e;scout"e; there, one Edward Brooks, who disappears following the theft of a knife from the Pitt Rivers Museum. When another body is discovered, Morse suddenly finds himself with too many suspects, including Brooks' wife, a prostitute, and an enigmatic schoolmistress. Attracted to one of the possible killers, the chief inspector may be too involved for success. It will take much thought, many pints, and not a little anguish before Morse sees the connection between McClure's death and the daughters of Cain.

Macmillan Readers Silent World Nicholas Quinn The Intermediate Reader

Macmillan Readers Silent World Nicholas Quinn The Intermediate Reader

Author: Colin Dexter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2005

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 . . .

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