The Inspector Morse complete boxed set is a wonderful collection of top-notch detective fiction. Colin Dexter routinely stuns the reader with above average twists and turns, portraying Inspector Morse as a wistful bachelor whose life is sometimes taken over by the crimes he is investigating. Every novel is a winner, and every character is considered and detailed on each page. The plots are not farcical - they do not allow characters to do the impossible, unlike some detective fiction available nowadays. Indeed, the plots are equally as considered and viable as the characters who are written about.
Colin Dexter does a marvellous job portraying Oxford as a glorious city. He writes with passion and knowledge, and invites the reader to hold in his imagination every street, pub, hotel and college in which the plot is developed.
Each and every summer, as more and more works of cheap beach fiction in the crime genre are released, the chapters are shortened, the paragraphs simplified and the plots and speech Americanised and sensationalised beyond belief. Colin Dexter never committed such literary crime; he maintained dignity in all of his works, and allowed for a great deal of enjoyment to be felt as one reads these fantastically written novels.