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Colin Dexter , Kevin Whately
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21 Mar 2003
They called her the Swedish Maiden - the beautiful young tourist who disappeared on a hot summer's day somewhere in North Oxford. Twelve months later the case remained unsolved - pending further developments - at Thames Valley CID. On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse is startled to read a tantalizing article in The Times about the missing woman. An article which lures him back to Wytham Woods near Oxford...and straight into the most extraordinary murder investigation of his career.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio Books (21 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405005084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405005081
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,836 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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'Quietly, rather movingly, Strange was making his plea: "Christ knows why, Lewis, but Morse will always put himself out for you". As he put the phone down, Lewis knew that Strange had been right... in the case of the Swedish Maiden, the pair of them were back in business'

About the Author

Colin Dexter lives in Oxford. This is the thirteenth and final Inspector Morse novel. Colin Dexter 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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4.6 out of 5 stars
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My all time top favourite series in the mystery genre, and this book is the best I have read in the series. Few modern writers can rival Colin Dexter's exquisite character building, whether within the genre or from outside. Inspector Morse is a delightful, masterpiece creation. Morse is at once brilliant; peevish yet often sly and diplomatic, kindly towards those who work under him; with classic tastes in cars, music, and lifestyle; and, as far as women are concerned, lusting after every woman in sight in a manner that is pathetic yet endearing, a little creepy yet gentlemanly mannered that kind of makes you laugh at him and yet feel sorry for him at the same time. He is a very real character with very real strengths and weaknesses.

Also in this particular book Dexter reaches his peak in literary writing. Consider the brilliant 5 stanza poem on the "Swedish Maiden" with which Dexter introduces the murder to us. This is beautiful, brilliant poetry. The scene in Lyme Regis where Morse watches the tide coming in and the sea gulls momentarily flying suspended in the air then "peeling off" like fighter air-planes ... that is exquisite writing that evokes the scene's beautiful setting very viscerally.

While the writing and the characterization delights one aesthetically, at the same time the brilliant mystery and the plot dazzles one's mind with an equally exquisitely layered puzzle one impulsively feels compelled to follow. One cannot ignore the tantalisingly sexy direction the plot veers in which teases you with its somewhat restrained sauciness. i.e. It is not explicit sex, but it is all the more tantalising and titillating for its restrained quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review 29 Dec 2013
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really enjoyed reading this book. it is the first Morse I've read and has made me hungry for more. trouble is, I now want the set.
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The best thing about Morse on TV is the way the viewer is kept guessing until the end, and the books are so much better than any TV programme could ever be at maintaining that suspense. A recommended read for any Morse fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the most twists I've read in a Morse story. 16 July 2013
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An unusual story. Had no idea the twists of plot were coming. Fast-paced and fascinating. Morse's character seemed to be work in progress. An old friend in development.
A joy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book 24 May 2013
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Another well written book. I do enjoy a mystery and this one has been particularly good. I have several books by Colin Dexter
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Morse novel 5 May 2013
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This is a particulary good Morse novel. As usual, Dexter sprinkles the text with obscure words! The dictionary is very useful here!
The novel is quite similar to the TV episode of the same name, unlike some of the novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dexter at his best! 1 May 2013
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An excellent Morse novel, one of the best in the Morse saga in which we learn more about the chief inspector and Lewis.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Way Through the Woods. Disappointed 28 Mar 2013
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I don't consider this book to be one of Colin's best,therefore I can only give it a three star rating. At times I thought I was back at school and I found that I was losing the gist of the story. I still consider Colin a excellent writer and I enjoy reading Morse but this book didn't come up to my expectation.
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