The Remorseful Day

The Remorseful Day For a year the murder of Yvonne Harrison has baffled Thames Valley CID But one man has yet to tackle the case Chief Inspector Morse So why is he adamant that he will not lead the reinvestigation de

  • Title: The Remorseful Day
  • Author: Colin Dexter
  • ISBN: 9780330376396
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • For a year, the murder of Yvonne Harrison has baffled Thames Valley CID But one man has yet to tackle the case, Chief Inspector Morse So why is he adamant that he will not lead the reinvestigation, despite two anonymous phone calls that hint at new evidence And why does he seem to be carrying out his own private enquiries

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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?

    9. 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.

    10. Read by. Terrence HardimanRuntime. 10 hours 54 minsDescription: 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 Superintendent Strange, wants hi [...]

    11. Mr Dexter - you are a very clever man. Such sadness, such emptiness. A fitting ending for a truly fascinating character - one that showed a very different side to the man.Strange re-opens the case of a woman murdered just over a year earlier. Morse is extremely reluctant to get involved - so the case is run by Lewis. But Morse always seems one step ahead of Lewis. Then the bodies start showing up and it's clear they are linked to the earlier unsolved murder. What is Morse hiding? Did he know the [...]

    12. 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. [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 novelck 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 adama [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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

    18. 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.

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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.

    21. So the final Morse book - As with the last 3 or 4 books there are two stories here. We have the Murder StoryStrange 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. As underwhelmed as I was by LAST BUS TO WOODSTOCK, I was equally overawed by the richness and depth of THE REMORSEFUL DAY. The novel simply was masterful, a completely satisfying coda to the Morse cycle, as well as a dignified and fitting epitaph for the character himself.At first I was put off by the epigrams which head each chapter. However, as the plot advanced and grew more intense, I became converted to the concept. This novel revolves not so much around the action as the setting, a charact [...]

    24. An Honor to Review, September 26, 2012 By Ellen Rappaport (Florida) This review is from: The Remorseful Day (Mass Market Paperback) This was my first Inspector Morse mystery and how strange that it turned out to be the last in this excellent series.I decided to start reading Inspector Morse after watching the Inspector Lewis series on PBS. Never miss it.This story begins with the Inspector in a hospital being cared for by a more than charming nurseYvonne Harrison. Morse goes on with his life, al [...]

    25. His loads of red herrings, his almost-solutions, the twists and turns, are what draw his readers in; wondering about this anomaly, questing reasons for that snippet of information, casually dropped onto the scuffing of the trailSo no, herewith no précis of the plot, but just a tribute to Colin Dexter. He is surely one of the very best of British crime writers, who unfortunately give a mere mortal aspiring writer an inferiority complex. Our only consolation is that an increasing number of reader [...]

    26. The last in the series for Morse. I have to say the reason I read and watched this series is because of Lewis but Morse himself always annoyed me constantly guessing who had done it and being so sure then changing his mind and Lewis always seemed to be the voice of caution not quite so ready to rush in which is probably why I enjoy the TV series Lewis so much more. I think we could all see the writing on the wall with Morse and that it was going to end this way to me it seemed he committed suici [...]

    27. This is the last book in the Inspector Morse series, and it probably isn't a spoiler to say that Morse dies. It's clear from page one that he has multiple health problems and is well aware that his time is short, so even if you didn't know that before starting the book, you can see it coming. The mystery itself is well played. A cold case involving a woman murdered in her bed, apparently while engaging in some slightly kinky sex with someone not her husband, has been reopened, and Morse is order [...]

    28. Well, as a viewer of the TV series, I knew to not worry too much about Morse's chest pains and chest clutchings, though this case didn't fit my memory of the case being worked on. And as it turned out, without giving too much away, everything was different from the TV series. I enjoyed this tale, the rather old fashioned world depicted, where people are not on sick leave, gardening leave or sabbatical but on furlough. Policemen drinking during the working day. And that romantic view of the polic [...]

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