- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (16 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330451243
- ISBN-13: 978-0330451246
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Riddle of the Third Mile (Inspector Morse Mysteries) Paperback – 16 Mar 2007
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About the Author
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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One surprise is the frequently used 'crime-writing' technique adopted by Mr Dexter. He seems to have discovered Mary Roberts Rinehart and the 'Had I But Known' school of writing. Numerous examples of '..if he would have found out then....' and, 'neither of them realised then what would have happened if..'. I assume this is just for this novel rather than the whole series.
There are some lovely pieces. The description of Lewis as ,'an unsuspecting catalyst' was just perfect. Likewise I liked the description of Morse as 'spouting improbable notions in the certainty that by the law of averages some might be near the truth'. This explains one of the frustrations with Morse; he gets it wrong so many times before gloriously getting it right.
A single-sitting read. The story progresses at the archetypal leisurely pace and is only spolied by the sudden torrent of exposition condensed into little more than a page and a half. At the moment I feel Mr Dexter's strengths may be Morse and Oxford rather than as a pure crime writer. Thankfully there are several more books to discover.
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Convoluted, challenging,absorbing. Like a cryptic puzzle you just can't wait to solve.
Morse leads you then leaves you then picks you up again and takes you with him. Read more
Keeps you guessing right till the end. Lots of commuting between Soho and Oxford. Colin Dexter seems to know his way around both places very well.Published 26 days ago by Rick Jay
Morse. A great read. I'm a huge fan and will continue to read and re-read again and again.Published 6 months ago by SusanP
I am an ardent fan of Inspector Morse. The book was very good readingPublished 11 months ago by george