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Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories
     

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

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by Colin Dexter
 

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"DELIGHTFUL."
--The Wall Street Journal
In short mysteries so brilliantly plotted they'll confound the cleverest of souls, Inspector Morse remains as patient as a cat at a mouse hole in the face of even the most resourceful evildoers. Muldoon, for instance, the one-legged bomber with one fatal weakness . . . the quartet of lovers whose bizarre

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"DELIGHTFUL."
--The Wall Street Journal
In short mysteries so brilliantly plotted they'll confound the cleverest of souls, Inspector Morse remains as patient as a cat at a mouse hole in the face of even the most resourceful evildoers. Muldoon, for instance, the one-legged bomber with one fatal weakness . . . the quartet of lovers whose bizarre entanglements Morse deciphers only after a beautiful woman is murdered . . . and those artful dodgers who catch the cunning and very respectful Morse with his pants down. There are mysteries featuring new characters and some familiar ones, including the great Sherlock Holmes, and a royal flush of American crooks.
"BRILLIANT . . . Inspector Morse is back, and more than welcome."
--Houston Chronicle
"Fear not. In Dexter's dexterous hands, the short-form Morse is every bit as wily and irascible as he is in the the popular Morse novels and the long-running PBS Mystery! series."
--The Raleigh News & Observer

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dexter (The Daughters of Cain) demonstrates his absolute mastery of the art of plotting in these 11 short stories, six of which feature Inspector Morse. Morse fans might fear that, by confining the Thames Valley investigator to the short form, Dexter risks losing all that irascible interplay between the beer-swilling snob of a copper and his dogged subordinate, Lewis. Not to worry. In the title story, Morse's heretofore unrecognized largesse is put to the test when the Christmas charity collection at a local pub is pilfered. In another, a car is borrowed and the owner receives a charming letter and an opera ticket. All these stories are powered by such ruthlessly cunning plot lines that the reader is quickly tipped the wink and finds himself or herself feverishly striving to second-guess the sleuth. In one non-Morse story, ``At the Lulu-Bar Motel,'' Dexter spins an elaborate plot but struggles to create all-American con men, but another Morseless yarn, ``Evans Tries an O-Level,'' is a terrific prison-break tale. Watching Dexter-and Morse-work in constricted space is great, challenging fun. (Dec.)
Library Journal
You've seen him on TV, now catch him in print. Dexter's Chief Inspector Morse is back in six of the 11 short stories featured here-enough for a whole new PBS series. Dexter throws in five unrelated works for good measure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804113090
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1996
Series:
Inspector Morse Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
499,401
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Colin Dexter (b. 1930) is a British crime fiction writer best known for his Inspector Morse series of novels. He has twice won Britain's Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the Year — for the books The Wench Is Dead and The Way Through the Woods. His thirteenth and final Inspector Morse book, The Remorseful Day, was published in 1999. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Bungda More than 1 year ago
This is a good collection of Inspector Morse mysteries. It's rather hard to be objective, as he is one of my favorite characters. If you've never been introduced; this would be a lovely way to meet. Cheers!
yumyumbd More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Colin Dexter, especially his inspector mysteries. The short stories make it a quick read while I am waiting for something. They are quick reads and flow wonderfully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just rediscovered Inspector Morse after watching a Masterpiece Mysterries on a lazy Sunday Thought this collection would be a good place to start and I was right