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The Remorseful Day (Inspector Morse)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2000
Never before has an author moved me with a single word. Yet the end of this final Morse mystery reduced me to tears. A fitting end to a remarkable career, for Morse, and for the series of books that allowed us to follow his life of crime-solving. This book drew together the relationships Morse had with those around him, the effect he had on the lives of others, and a side to him that had only before been hinted at. If the end of this book is anything to go by, Colin Dextor is as upset at losing Morse as his fans are, for never has a farewell to a character felt so poignant. By far and away, the most moving novel I have ever read.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 1999
This is the final Inspector Morse novel. I read all of them and they were all excellent. This book is about Morse's last case, he solves it as always with Sergeant Lewis's help. But the case itself is not what really matters here: it is the MAN himself with all his little faults, his drinking problem, his unhappy love-affairs; the man who loves Wagner and enjoys driving his Jag; the 'loyal, honest policeman. Morse and Lewis, you both are leaving a big wide void and we'll miss you very much. THANK YOU and GOODBYE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2001
Wonderful. the best Morse novel i have read (and i have read all of them) The plot is genuinely very intriguing, possibbly lacking in suspects though.
There is something about this novel, i just cannot place it. he does the characters in more depth than usual, and centres a little more (if possible!) on the characters of Morse and Lewis.
This is way, way, way better than the television adaptation. it is mroe relistic, and to be put on tv they had to remove many of the moct central parts of the plot. When viewing it i was highly disappoined. The people who reviewed it would have thought twice about praising it so highly had they read the book first!
There are other reasons why this book is Dexter's masterpiece, the plot, as with many of his books, is not unnecesarily complicated, and in many way's it seems to flow more. I Sped through this book in a day can you beieve, when a dexter would normally take me 2 or 3.
I even found myself shedding a tear at poor dear Morse's demise. The television adaptation again insufficiently brings this across. It would have been a lot better had they adapted it to fit two 2 hour slots. I find myself devouring every word, every sentence in the last 30 pages hitting me like a brick. If u have seen the tv version and not read the book, shame on you, you should have. If u have read the book and the tv version, you will know what i am talking about.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. genuiniely very sad.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 1999
A classic story. Some elements seemed to have come from previous Morse novels, this did not detract from the story line. As usual I tried to solve the mystery along with Morse ,Lewis and Strange.I knew it was the final Morse mystery but I still cried. It is at least ten years since a book has moved me to tears.
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Chief Inspector Morse, the archetypal curmudgeonly detective, music lover, functioning alcoholic who rarely buys a round, despiser of physical exercise, incurable romantic, and a constant irritant to his superiors, solves his last case in this novel by his typically unorthodox methods. It is a murder committed a year ago and initially investigated by Morse's superior, Chief Superintendent Strange, but still unsolved. Strange reopens the investigation when he receives a letter about the case saying that a prisoner due to be released `should be watched'. Morse is initially very reluctant to take the case, something that intrigues Morse's assistant, Sergeant Lewis, but has no choice when the man is murdered soon after he leaves prison, and this is followed shortly afterwards by the murder of someone else who was also a suspect at the time of the original investigation. As usual, Morse starts by getting some things wrong, while at the same time stubbornly holding to his main deductions, despite strong evidence to the contrary. Eventually his conclusions about the murders are of course proved right, although too late for Morse. Only in the final few pages is the explanation of why Morse was reluctant to take the case revealed to Lewis by Strange, and a new light is thereby shed on Morse's character.

This is a typical Morse novel (apart from the fate of Morse!), and none the worse for that. There is the usual sparring between Morse and Lewis about the minutiae of grammar and other pedantic matters, interwoven with the patient methodic detective work of Lewis and the quixotic leaps of the imagination of Morse, the latter leading to several false trails. The interaction of both with the other characters, such as Strange, the pub landlord, and the family of the murdered woman are well described, believable and not without humour. The format, many very short chapters, may not be to everyone's liking, but I found it increased the pace. Perhaps the final solution is a little too drawn out, but clever nonetheless. This may not be the best of the Morse novels, but still well worth reading.

It was pleasing that Morse's last case is published in a fine format that I am sure he would have approved - good quality paper, clear font, interesting quotations at the head of chapters, and even an integral fabric bookmark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2014
Colin Dexter has saved his best work for last with this final, beautifully written inspector Morse novel. I made this book last as long as possible because I knew I didn't want to say goodbye to Morse but Colin Dexter just doesn't allow you to put the book down long enough to prolong the moment. Morse is gone now and my reading life will be forever poorer for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2012
I love all the Colin Dexter books, but this has a special poignancy as the last one. Even knowing the ending, I enjoyed reading all the twists and turns, and hidden plots. Highly recommended.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2000
To Inspector Morse fans and other knowledgeable readers, clearly the "outcome" of the venerable--but irascible--detective should be known. The book's been on the shelves long enough for the word to have gotten around. It's his swan song; author Colin Dexter says "adieu" to the series, and readers move on.
That said, "The Remorseful Day" perhaps should have read, "The Remorseful Series," as, indeed, Dexter has chosen a most apt ending for his parade of intriguing, exciting, and most worthwhile "cases." Certainly his bread and butter, the Morse series has given Dexter a most respected name in this genre and naturally it is with some sadness that we view the finale.
As such, perhaps, Dexter does not give us his best book; he didn't save the best for last. However, it seems that was not his intention. Dexter, in an interview on TV last year, indicated that "The Remorseful Day"was more a tribute to Morse than just another mystery in this popular series. Thus, he seems to give a valedictory to Morse as his primary concern and the mystery-storyline becomes secondary. He puts the final touches on Morse's character, and Morse can now "go gently into that good night."
The storyline is simple enough: a year-old murder of Yvonne Harrison is re-opened and Morse is reluctant to head the investigation; between Supt. Strange and Sgt. Lewis, of course, Morse finally is "coaxed" to enter the picture. The plot spins along at a faster pace than Dexter usually employs; he now concentrates on putting the final (pun intended) touches to Morse. It is a brave adventure, knowing there are countless Morse fans and the slightest errant way will bring forth a reader revolution! In this book, Dexter dramatically displays his ability to control absolutely the tempo of the narrative and the reader finds a faster-paced work being slowed down by the reality of the situation: it is high drama without the melodrama; it is sadness, yet Dexter handles it with literary class. It is a tribute to a favorite character and one readers are not likely to forget.
It is Morse's trip to the Elyssian Fields--where else would he go?
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on 6 November 2013
Another great case for Morse fans, however if you read this book ensure it is the last to be read of all Morse books. Don't be tempted to cheat and read it until you have read all the others, on reading it all will become clear!!!
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on 6 May 2015
Not only is this moving, well plotted and beautifully written but you can learn from it as well. I always look up the words I don't know on my Kindle, and there are plenty of those in the Colin Dexter novels.
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