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The Remorseful Day: Complete & Unabridged [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Colin Dexter , Terrence Hardiman
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Jun 2000
Will this be the end for Morse?
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754004929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754004929
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,461,889 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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As o'er now thou lean'st thy breast, With launder'd bodice crisply pressed, Lief I'd prolong my grievous ill-Wert thou my guardian angel still (Edmund Raikes, 1537-65, The Nurse).

So begins the final case of Chief Inspector Morse's career. Yvonne Harrison, a married, middle-aged nurse with a penchant for S&M, is found in her bedroom naked, handcuffed, gagged and bludgeoned to death. Despite the blitzkrieg of media coverage the killing creates in the quiet village in Oxfordshire (including the enlistment of two psychics and a hypnotist), after one year, the Thames Valley CID are still stumped. That is, until two disturbing phone calls reveal new evidence and force the feisty Inspector out of furlough. Although Morse's partner, Sergeant Lewis, is accustomed to the old sleuth's numerous idiosyncrasies, the Inspector's refusal to lead the re-investigation comes as a surprise. What's more, the Sergeant learns that not only is Morse secretly conducting his own investigation, but that Harrison and he share a "friendly" past. Is the Inspector hiding evidence? Is his behaviour of late connected with a recently diagnosed ailment?

It is fitting that the story in which the long-suffering Sergeant Lewis shows the most independence of mind be read by his TV incarnation, Kevin Whatley. Fans of the TV programmes will immediately feel at ease with Whatley's gentle and unintrusive Geordie tones. Although he is most recognisable as Lewis, Whatley makes a convincing Morse and his voice also lifts easily to find the female characters. The Remorseful Day is an engrossing final chapter very well told. Believable and perplexing to the last, this is a fitting farewell to an outstanding series and a sharp salute to a beloved crime-fighting curmudgeon. --Running time 3 hours

--Rebekah Warren --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The murder of Yvonne Harrison at her home in the Cotswold village of Lower Swinstead 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 adamant that he will not lead the re-investigation, despite the entreaties of Chief Superintendent Strange and the dark hints of some new evidence? And why, if he refuses to take on the case officially, does he seem to be carrying out his own private enquiries? For Sergeant Lewis this is yet another example of the unsettling behaviour his chief has been displaying of late. As if the sergeant didn't have enough to worry about with Morse's increasingly fragile health . . . But when Lewis learns that Morse was once friendly with Yvonne Harrison, he begins to suspect that the man who has earnt his admiration over so many years knows more about her death than anyone else . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gentle farewell for Morse 5 Sep 2000
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Format:Hardcover
'Remorseful Day' is two stories. The first is the tale of a murder involving a nurse who is too familar with her patients. She has a history with Morse and his connection with the murder is a major theme although, as usual, there are many twists before the solution at the end. This is also Morse's farewell.'Remorseful Day' also describes Morse winding down his life , settling his affairs even though he has no reason to believe that his end is approaching.It is a very poignent book, especially for those who have come to know Morse. His passing will be mourned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dextertastic 13 Jan 2014
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I really love the morse books and particularly love the narration on this series, I wish thy would reissue the unabridged books on CD/audible
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By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
As he brings his thirteen-volume Inspector Morse series (and his own writing career) to a poignant close with this 1999 novel, author Colin Dexter selects the title of this final book from an A. E. Housman poem, which celebrates the brilliance of sunrise and the sad inevitability of sunset--an appropriate symbol of the passage of time, an image of life and death, and a play on Morse's name. Here Dexter reveals far more about Chief Inspector Morse than in any of his previous novels, as Morse faces an especially complex and difficult case, at the same time that he is privately dealing with health issues.

A gruff and uncompromising man of unquestioned integrity and honesty, Morse is a music buff with a love for literature and syntax, a man who frequently corrects the grammatical errors of Sgt. Lewis, his loyal, hard-working, and less educated assistant. Suffering from "indigestion" and diabetes, Morse blithely ignores the dietary regimen recommended by his doctors, experimenting with his insulin dosage while continuing to indulge his love of scotch whisky, both at home and in local pubs, where he and the tee-totalling Lewis often conduct their interviews.

In this case, Morse surprises Sgt. Lewis by being less than enthusiastic about investigating a "cold case," a murder the previous year of a nurse, Yvonne Harrison, who was found handcuffed, gagged, and nude in her bed. Morse knew Yvonne when he himself was hospitalized, and Sgt. Lewis begins to suspect, for the first time ever, that Morse may be hiding information about the case, for his own reasons.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Morse goes out with a wimper 7 Oct 2001
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After so many wonderful Inspector Morse stories, The Remorseful Day is somewhat of a letdown, and somehow incredibly sad, lacking a feel-good factor at the end. This may be due to the fact that this is Morse's swan song and we say farewell to the crotchety policeman at the end of this story, or it might be because throughout this case he comes across as just plain irritable and uncaring. Also, the characters are mostly unlikeable and it is hard to care what happens to them or if their killer is brought to justice.
The first victim is an elderly university professor who is the client of a young prostitute. This girl has left home to get away from her abusive stepfather, who was also supplying drugs to students at the university where he worked as a porter on the same landing as the first victim. And so this circle continues , taking in side plots and lots of twists and turns, until sometimes I had to rewind the tape in order to try to understand what was going on, and the relationship between the different characters which became blurred at times. The end, when it finally came, in more ways
than one, was something of an anticlimax and for real fans of the Morse stories, a bit unbelievable. Colin Dexter probably felt that it was time to kill off his hero but I couldn't help feeling that the laconic, no-nonsense, intelligent Morse would rather have gone with a pint of real ale in his hand, or be written off in his red Jaguar.
The other comment I have about this tape is, that although Kevin Whately's reading is excellent, it is really difficult to get used to Morse's character with his strong accent. I am so used to John Thaw playing Morse on television and that is the voice I expect, or at least one with a soft southern accent,and when Morse says something with a Newcastle accent, albeit softened, it just doesn,t fit the bill.
All in all a bit of a disappointment, but it won't deter me from listening to other Inspector Morse books.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Remorseful Day-Colin Dexter 6 Mar 2000
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Dazzling. A fully satisfying closure to a truly great series. Although some of the more recent Inspector Morse novels have not equalled Dexter's highest standards, The Remorseful Day represents Dexter at the peak of his formidible powers.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will you please write a "prequel," Mr. Dexter? 11 July 2000
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The beginning of the story is vaguely reminiscient of two other Morse novels: The Dead of Jericho, because Morse knows the victim, and The Wench is Dead, because Morse is "in hospital". The reader puzzles throughout the book how far Morse's involvement with the victim was. Morse is a reluctant detective, and, after 12 novels, we finally begin to see Lewis' reasoning skills becoming more Morse-like. In this final Inspector Morse novel, the reader has insight into the characters more than any other novel in the series. Strange becomes a very reachable character - we see outside interests in nature and music. Lewis reveals emotion that has not been exhibited in previous novels - anger at Morse, as well as forgiveness and depth of friendship for him. And Morse's flaws and strengths are displayed magnificently, through his continued problems with alcohol and his Lewis-like loyalties. Lewis, Morse, and Strange could all win oscars for their parts, if such a thing existed for characters in novels! This book is a joy to open each time, and a sorrow to finally close. Please, Mr. Dexter, is there a possibility of a prequel?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, The Last Of Morse 5 Aug 2000
By Caroline P. Hampton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been a huge fan of the television version of the "Inspector Morse Mysteries" and because I have found them to be so well done, I decided that diving into the original written word might be very interesting. This was a correct assumption on my part. What a wonderful series and an amazing character. I'm very saddened to know that this book, "The Remorseful Day" is the last in a long and well done series.
The most brilliant thing about Morse is that in the end he's a normal man with flaws. You can certainly find fault with many things he does, but it's with a certain charm and mystic that makes it all very endearing. I find him to be dashing, charming, wise and very gruff. That may be one of the things I enjoy most about him. He's no pushover and certainly not a man to be taken lightly. I love everything about him and certainly rank him right up there with Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and all the other famous English Detectives that have wowed and amazed up all. Comic relief is always added by Seg. Lewis. (Morse's sidekick) He seems to be a bumbling idiot but, so sweet and charming you just love him.
I'm very sad to see Morse go and can only take comfort in the fact that I can keep these mysteries with me for ages and ages. A wonderful conclusion to a spectacular journey.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to say goodby 6 Mar 2000
By A. Correia - Published on Amazon.com
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Fourteen stories of Chief Inspector Morse just simply weren't enough. Colin Dexter's marvelous writing and puzzles within a mystery simply added to the already page turning plots and depth of characters and always with a side trip to your dictionary. This book is no exception to his wonderful ability to make you feel you know these people and places personally and are there witnessing as the events unfold. I read the last part thru teary eyes and now hope there can be one more visit to Reichenbach Falls in literature.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It haunted me for days! 19 July 2000
By Brenda - Published on Amazon.com
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I am so disappointed to see the Inspector Morse series end, but I have to say Colin Dexter is a champ in the way he achieved it!
A year ago, a woman was murdered and left in an unpleasant state in her home. The Chief Superintendent has a new lead in the case. He has assigned Morse and Lewis to it. Morse, who is on vacation, won't bite. He refuses to work the case for the CID, but it doesn't stop him from being one step ahead, as usual, of Lewis. Of course Lewis, as usual, humbly works him self into the ground following leads and being Morse's second pair of eyes and hands. During this investigation, something is different about Lewis and something is worrying Morse.
Mr. Dexter gives us plenty of intriguing characters that are as thought provoking as he crossword puzzles. The list of suspects is lengthy and perplexing, and the twists and turns are plentiful, but I have to say the greatest one will broadside the readers and leave them speechless at the close of the book. Mr. Dexter's skill at making his characters so life like, as if they were acting out in ones mind, is amazing. I took my time reading the mystery and found myself back tracking so I wouldn't miss a thing! Once I finished, I was haunted for days with the mystery and the outcome of the series. Mr. Dexter didn't just end a popular series in an astonishing way, he also intermingled a complex whodunit with an emotional twist that the characters and readers share. I have never used this word with any book I have reviewed, but I will with The Remorseful Day, it's stupendous.
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