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on 28 September 2014
Four stars mean that "I like it" and five mean that "I love it". Actually, I love it. Colin Dexter writes with the the superb English that one finds in the Sherlock Holmes and the Father Brown stories. I find myself going back to those occasionally, and re-reading simply to enjoy the wonderful language: good grammar, variety, and (something which Clive James pointed out in one of his celebrated reviews) sufficient description to enable the reader to exercise imagination and fill in the gaps; the gaps are necessary. This is the secret of involving the reader in the story. I shall be returning to Dexter's stories for the same reason.

And now to a fault with the story "Last Bus to Woodstock" in this edition of the book. What follows might be considered a spoiler, so be warned. It is a spoiler about something which has been spoiled(!), and I hope that the editor will correct it in future editions.

In chapter 15 of "Last Bus", Morse notices that the phrase "Yet it is not improbable" occurs in two documents that he has read. This is important to the plot. But, in the kindle edition, this litotic phrase has been rendered as "yet it is probable" in both those documents. This makes a nonsense of Morse's observation and denies the reader the chance of observing the repetition. it has been thus rendered, I would think, by a word processor offering a simpler syntax and by an editor accepting it. This is not something to be done lightly when producing editions of detective stories written by an author who is so interested in words as is Colin Dexter.

Editors, please take note.
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on 15 July 2015
I love a good murder/mystery story and have read a lot of crime books, but I had reached the point where they were all starting to blend into one - I couldn't remember the name or author of many of them and I just couldn't read about any more serial killers. So these inspector Morse books were a refreshing change. No serial killers, no elaborate gruesome murders. They are (very) old fashioned novels with believable storylines and characters. The first book was my favourite of the 3.
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on 2 January 2015
This collection is a great way into Inspector Morse books. It takes you back to the start and turns the Morse/Lewis relationship around. In the books Lewis appears older than his tv version and Morse appears younger. The stories are just as interesting although slightly different from the versions used on tv where dramatic licence dictates necessary alterations.
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This was my first time reading Inspector Morse, having only ever watched the TV series. At first it was difficult not to picture the excellent John Thaw and Kevin Whateley but once I got into the stories I began to get to understand them as written. The stories were all well written and kept my interest and I will definitely be reading the rest.
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on 4 October 2014
Having enjoyed the TV series I thought it would be good to go back to the first stories and read how Morse develops. Unfortunately the books felt very dated. The underlying plots were ok but Morse is quite sexist in his attitudes which sits uncomfortably today, also lots of drink driving which nobody questions, etc. Disappointing.
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on 15 January 2014
This is the first of the Morse stories that I have read, although watched a lot on TV. The writing is excellent compared with some other detective page turners. Perhaps John Thaw played Morse as a slightly more likeable character than Colin Dexter has written him, but it is a great read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2013
I had never read any Colin Dexter but seen the odd Morse on tv ,decided to try this starter book and I am so glad I did.Complex mysteries that end with an unexpected twist.Well written and easy to read and difficult to put down once started.I've become a fan.
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on 16 January 2014
Superb read one of the big advantages of the kindle is the opportunity to revisit classic authors and there work. Morse and the work of Colin Dexter are a great example have really enjoyed these as a holiday read and the temptation now kof course is to buy the rest. Very recommendable
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on 3 April 2015
This compilation gives an excellent introduction to the author's very original story telling style. Well written and entertaining sagas that perforate some of the institutional Oxford academies beloved of those who respect our country's higher seats of learning!
Harast
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on 14 January 2014
in a word brilliant as good as if not better than the t.v. series a very good read cannot think of a better working relationship than MORSE & AMAZON WELL DONE ALL ROUND A VERY SATISFIED CUSTOMER KEEP THEM COMING AMAZON FAULTLESS SERVICE IN ALL ASPECTS
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