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Last Seen Wearing (Ulverscroft Large Print Series) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Colin Dexter
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Nov 1989 Ulverscroft Large Print Series

Morse was beset by a nagging feeling. Most of his fanciful notions about the Taylor girl had evaporated and he had begun to suspect that further investigation into Valerie’s disappearance would involve little more than sober and tedious routine . . .

The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth.

After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold.

Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie’s disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case . . .

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft; Large Print edition edition (Nov 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708921841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708921845
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,453,810 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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'Morse was beset by a nagging feeling. Most of his fanciful notions about the Taylor girl had evaporated and he had begun to suspect that further investigation into Valerie's disappearance would involve little more than sober and tedious routine.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald simple truth. After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold. Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie’s disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case… --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Colin Dexter 28 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
Another good read from Colin Dexter. I really enjoyed LAST SEEN WEARING. The missing girl in the shape of the character Valerie Taylor had been missing for two years, three months and two days and had gone missing on her way back to school.

I liked the rapport between Morse and Lewis (Lewis in my mind as I read the book) had really got more confidence when talking to Morse and even when Lewis had to go to bed with the flu, he really thought about the case and gave Morse plenty to think about when he visited him.

I don't want to spoil it for readers who haven't read the book but what I can tell you is that the characters Baines and Phillipson were very dark and Colin Dexter invented twists and turns that were very surprising. This is what made the novel interesting for me to read and I was surprised by Mrs.Taylor's actions (Valerie's mother) and the big surprise was at the end but you'll have to read the book as I don't want to spoil it for anybody.

Congratulations to Pan (Colin Dexter's publishers) for the great covers) and to Colin himself for penning another great novel. Well done!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Plot & Unpleasant Characters 21 July 2014
By DJF
Format:Paperback
Valerie Taylor went missing two years ago and hasn't been heard of since. Now the detective on the original case is dead and a letter arrives from the missing girl. So is she still alive? Where is she?
This is the first time that I have read an Inspector Morse book and quite possibly the last. I wasn't totally sure why Valerie Taylor's disappearance was being investigated - teenage girls do go missing and there was no suspicion of foul play. Although Morse's meddling in the case does result in a murder later in the book. However, Morse decided that the letter was a hoax, Valerie was dead and a murderer needed to be found.
It seemed to be that Morse's entire investigation lurched from one hypothesis to another. Most of these were based on hunches of Morse's and not on facts at all. Right from the beginning Morse made conclusions based on no facts that I, as the reader, could see. To be honest I got rather fed up with it all. There didn't appear to be a methodical investigation of facts, although all the main characters were interviewed and Lewis followed up on alibis etc. So Morse was lurching from one assumption to another, often making a fool of himself in the process, whilst I and Lewis got rather fed up with it all. Had I been reading this as opposed to listening on an audio book, I suspect that I would have given up before I got half way through!
I did not like the character of Morse in this book. To be perfectly frank he appeared to be a bit of a dirty old man and quite happy to sit in a strip club or read porn which wasn't directly relevent to the investigation. Morse assessed all of the women in this book on their looks, eyed up their assets and contemplated jumping into bed with more than one of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first one 3 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback
This is the second novel in the Inspector Morse series, which was a very popular tv series in the 80s. This novel had a much better plot than the last. The mystery was much more interesting, I actually felt interested about what was going to happen and how the mystery would end. It flowed much better than the last, I didn't feel so disappointed when I reached the end.
The plot was more puzzling, and I actually didn't have any idea who did it, it was a lot less obvious. There were also a lot of plot twists through out, just as you thought you knew "who-dunnit" Dexter threw in a twist and you're back to square one.
I thought in general the characters in this book were much better than in the previous one, there was a wide and diverse range of characters which were much more interesting than the last. It was also great to learn more about Lewis, Morse's sidekick. Lewis is probably my favourite character.
In the last novel I really didn't like Morse, I thought he was some perverted old man who spent more time leering at young ladies than actually solving the crimes. Unfortunately he was the same in this novel, his personality causes me to approach these novels with caution.
Overall I enjoyed this novel more than the previous one, but it wasn't anything special, and I wouldn't recommend unless you are a fan of the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars detective work by trial and error! 13 Dec 2011
By Ter
Format:Paperback
Detective work by trial and error! Morse is an unusual, or perhaps just old fashioned detective, as he appears to base all of his theories on very flimsy ideas. I first read this book many years ago, and now, coming back to them I am surprised how equal Morse and Lewis appear - I had recollections of it being very much a master and servant relationship.

The looping back of the storyline is quite well managed but it is not a particularly riveting read.

Women get a fairly raw deal in any Dexter novel, very much there to be leered over rather than as any real part of a plot. Amazing how many beauties secretly urge for borderline alcoholic miserable police detectives!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story! 2 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love Inspector Morse books - Mr Dexter pens an excellent read! Thank you Mr Dexter for taking the time to produce such an excellent novel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspector morse book 30 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's good to read the book instead of just watching the TV. However, the TV is a little more pacey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
This is the second inspector morse book and its as good as the first.I only recommend this to more advanced readers and its occasionally very difficult to read. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eddie
3.0 out of 5 stars Significant differences to the TV episode based on this book....
A good read; but readers should be aware that the books are generally not simply the script of the TV series. Read more
Published 15 months ago by James Byrne
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully constructed story of feints and blind alleys
There are two elements that raise Last Seen Wearing above usual police procedural fare. The first is the plotting and the second the characterization. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rob Kitchin
4.0 out of 5 stars Morse- Last seen wearing
The second in the series of Morse novels by Colin Dexter. An interesting and rewarding read. Morse is still driving a Lancia so I will have to buy Book three to see if he swaps it... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paddy327
2.0 out of 5 stars A slog to get through
First Sentence: He felt quite pleased with himself.

More than two years ago, Valerie Taylor disappeared. Now, a letter is received saying she is alive. Read more
Published on 31 May 2010 by L. J. Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but the TV film is better
It is astonishingly difficult not to be influenced by 'Morse' when reading these novels. One cannot help making comparisons. Read more
Published on 16 May 2009 by Officer Dibble
5.0 out of 5 stars PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket].
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET [the 'blurb'] STATES :... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2009 by R. A. Hylton
3.0 out of 5 stars It's the Sergeant Who's the Star
Colin Dexter was born in 1930 and, over the course of his writing career, has won CWA Gold Dagger and Silver Dagger awards. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2008 by Craobh Rua
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