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on 9 March 2002
I don't know what it is. Perhaps it's the short chapters, which give you enough to get you intrigued and leave you wanting to find out what happens next. (It's one of those books where you tell yourself you've always got time for one more chapter). Or perhaps it's some force at work within the novel, something to do with Dexter's laying out of the plot, the way he moves from one event to the next. But what is perhaps the most obvious reason for the appeal of the Morse novels (and in particular this one) is the man himself, good old Endeavour.
There's something about the character that attracts the reader. Most of Morse's most prevalent foibles, and the most notable events from his past, are brought in here. The parallels with A. E. Housman are there - an old and clever man, who never married, who failed his degree (at St. John's College, Oxford - see 'The Riddle of the Third Mile') and who finds the sight of blood and death one that is sickening and saddening. There is even a quotation from Housman as an epigraph for the book, whence Dexter got the title of this, the final mystery.
This was probably the longest of all Morse novels, yet it sustains the reader's interest, primarily because we want to see what happens to Morse. For the Morse novels have never really been about solving crime, have they? They're about the character.
The television adaptation was good too, especially when Morse (John Thaw) recited the Housman lines to Lewis. One of those lump-in-the-throat moments.
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on 30 August 2017
Excellent finish to Colin Dexter Morse series. Truly enjoyed all 13 books 📚📚. Morse by Colin Dexter has chosen just the right man to play inspector Morse John Thaw was a great actor I watched all the Morse DVDS and have the whole collection. I look forward to reading 📚📚 more from Colin Dexter
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on 30 May 2016
Great read if your enjoy the murder mystery genre. Nice and easy to read, great storyline with many twists & turns, if you have read any of Colin Dexter's books in the past and enjoyed them you will not be disappointed.
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on 25 July 2017
A very good read. The relationship between Morse and Lewis has developed over the past 12 Morse novels and reached a very moving climax here. I enjoyed this story as I had enjoyed each of the others, but this one is special, if not necessarily the best plot.
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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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on 17 March 2018
All good, thank you.
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on 14 March 2018
pleased with it
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on 29 February 2016
Such a multi-layered read, it kept me interested to the end. What a good, elegant ending to such a marvellous series...all very credible. The characterisation of the three main police individuals kept true throughout. I really didn't guess who had dunnit!!
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on 18 November 2016
Great size and lovely book, superb thank you
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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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