Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories, Paperback Book

Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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?

This dazzling collection of short stories from Inspector Morse's creator, Colin Dexter, 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780330451901

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My enthusiasm for Colin Dexter's writing flagged during the course of reading this collection of short stories. My initial high opinion was gradually worn down, in large part due to the sparsity of female characters of any depth: those that do appear are largely sexual objects. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised as Morse on T.V. was always letching after someone or other, but it's still disappointing. Don't get me wrong, that wasn't the sole issue. I found many of the stories unsatisfying in a vague way what I find hard to describe, although one in particular, the Sherlock Holmes spoof, was pure genius. That and other bits that inspired the odd wry chuckle earn the extra 1/2 a star above "average". Nevertheless, I shan't be rushing to seek out more Colin Dexter.