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The Riddle of the Third Mile (Pan Crime) (Inspector Morse Mysteries) [Paperback]

Colin Dexter
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7 Sep 1984
Dr Browne-Smith had passed through the porter's lodge at 8.15am and nobody had heard from him since. Plenty of time for him to disappear, thought Inspector Morse, and plenty of time for him to cover his trail. Other Morse books include "Service of All Dead" and "The Dead of Jericho".

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (7 Sep 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330283928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330283922
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 822,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin Dexter has won many awards for his novels including the CWA Gold Dagger and Silver Dagger awards. In 1997 he was presented with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding services to crime literature. Colin's thirteenth and final Inspector Morse novel, The Remorseful Day, was published in 1999. He lives in Oxford.

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About the Author

Colin Dexter lives in Oxford. He has won many awards for his novels and in 1997 was presented with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morse convolutions. 18 April 2012
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Good quality dexterism. A typically convoluted Morse plot with numerous false leads. Confirms long-standing impressions of the totally sociopathic nature of Oxford academia!
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5.0 out of 5 stars TIP TOP 18 May 2008
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This is very intelligent writing and engages the reader at many differing levels from the outset. A classic of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 8 Feb 2014
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I enjoyed the book very much, its a good detective story with just enough blood and gore to keep the interest going. I got a bit muddled with the professor characters but that might just be me! I would recommend it to anyone who loves Inspector Morse from the TV, I had not read any of the stories before but could relate to the character from the TV series. Very enjoyable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, hard to follow 21 Jun 2013
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Repetitive and rather self-conscious writing style. Characters rather dull and flat compared with television equivalents. Unusuallly, prefer television series to novel.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter continues his Morse code! 2 Mar 2002
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It's certainly a crime of the most perplexing sort--so perplexing (and convoluted) that it
would take an Inspector Morse to separate the "facts" from "fiction"! In Colin Dexter's
Morse novel, one of a long series, the erswhile policeman finds himself "drowning" in a sea of clues,
lies, innuendos, red herrings.
A dismembered body is fished out of the Oxford Canal--only the torso remains and
Morse and Sergeant Lewis are up to the challenge. As if often the case, Oxford
University is involved. A don has disappeared, leaving about a plethora of clues. It's the
long and winding road down the halls of academe for the Thames Valley police and the
trail bounces back and forth to London and some of its seedier spots.
The scenario seems set with an opening scene out of World War II, when the
Gilbert brothers (local boys from the Oxford area) face the horrors of the battle of El
Alamein, the youngest of the three dieing. The company commander, a Lt. Browne-Smith
just happens now to be a don in question at Oxford.
Dexter pulls on punches as he permits Morse and Lewis to take on this
bizarre--certainly macabre--case. With his usual erudite style, the author's clever, at times
witty and ascerbic, plot and character development takes the reader for a great ride (and
read). Written in 1983, long before, one presumes, Dexter had envisioned Morse's demise
("The Remorseful Day"), "The Riddle of the Third Mile" is carefully orchestrated, with
the climactic results rushing in with a top crescendo! (The reader must be a bit careful as
the facts and events come almost as an onslaught!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 7 July 2014
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Disappointed. Too convoluted. Very hard to work out who's who. I didn't care whose body was in the canal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Riddle of the Third Mile 7 Jun 2014
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Just like all Colin Dexter books absolutely enthralling. I couldn't put it down unfortunately so it wasn't long before I was at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars favourite auther 17 April 2014
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This was a story I had not read before, I would recomend it to any-one who enjoys this type of story
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