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Joyce Porter (March 28, 1924–December 9, 1990) is an English crime fiction author.

Porter created the characters of Eddie Brown, Constance Ethel Morrison Burke, and Wilfred Dover.

In DI Wilfred Dover & his assistant Sergeant MacGregor, she created a template later used successfully, especially by Reginald Hill, in straight 'whodunnits', but Porter's novels, while intricately plotted, were always played for laughs.

Dover was obese, lazy, unhygienic (the only man in the Metropolitan Police Service with underarm dandruff) & bordering on corrupt. MacGregor was keen, clean & ferociously ambitious. However, on the rare occasions he was able to put aside plate, pint-glass & cigarettes long enough to concentrate, Dover usually saw the answer first.

The Honourable Constance Ethel Morrison Burke is an upper-class spinster who, armed only with pluck, a deep-rooted hatred of men & her family's enormous financial resources, sallies forth to fight crime with the aid of her devoted 'friend'.

The 'Hon Con' books are even less like straight 'who-dunnits' than the 'Dovers' because while Dover is an experienced copper who has, it becomes clear, a good brain, the 'Hon Con' is an amateur bungler of below-average intelligence. Therefore, her solving each case must be achieved entirely by a happy coincidence.

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Total Books: 69
Rather a Common Sort of Crime
2013 - Rather a Common Sort of Crime (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781447245131
ISBN-10: 144724513X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Who the Heck Is Sylvia
2013 - Who the Heck Is Sylvia (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781447245254
ISBN-10: 1447245253
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Cart Before the Crime
2013 - The Cart Before the Crime (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781447245278
ISBN-10: 144724527X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Sour Cream with Everything
Only with a Bargepole
It's Murder with Dover
2005 - It's Murder with Dover [Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover - Large Print] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781842624166
ISBN-10: 1842624164
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Handling Science Data Year 3 Year 3
2002 - Handling Science Data Year 3 Year 3 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780590537278
ISBN-10: 059053727X
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Handling Science Data Year 4
2002 - Handling Science Data Year 4 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780590537667
ISBN-10: 0590537660
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Handling Science Data Year 5
2002 - Handling Science Data Year 5 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780590538305
ISBN-10: 0590538306
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Handling Science Data Year 6 Year 6
2002 - Handling Science Data Year 6 Year 6 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780590538398
ISBN-10: 059053839X
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Dover
1995 - Dover (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393337754
ISBN-10: 0393337758
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Dover Beats the Band
1993 - Dover Beats the Band [Inspector Dover, Bk 14] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780881502688
ISBN-10: 0881502685
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 3

Dover and the Claret Tappers
1992 - Dover and the Claret Tappers [Chief Inspector Dover] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780881502459
ISBN-10: 0881502456
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1

It's Murder With Dover
1992 - It's Murder with Dover [Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, Bk 7] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780881502336
ISBN-10: 0881502332
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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A Meddler and Her Murder
1992 - A Meddler and Her Murder (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780897333221
ISBN-10: 0897333225
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2

Dover Strikes Again
1991 - Dover Strikes Again (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780881502114
ISBN-10: 0881502111
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Dover Goes to Pott
1990 - Dover Goes to Pott (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780881501735
ISBN-10: 0881501735
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.
 4

Dover and the Unkindest Cut of All
1990 - Dover and the Unkindest Cut of All [Inspector Dover, Bk 4] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780881501742
ISBN-10: 0881501743
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 3

Kaleidoscope
1989 - Kaleidoscope [Harlequin Intrigue, No 127] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780373221271
ISBN-10: 0373221274
Genre: Romance
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2

Dover and the Claret Tappers A Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover Novel
Dover Three
1989 - Dover Three (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780881501476
ISBN-10: 0881501476
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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1989 - Dover Two [DCI Wilfred Dover, Bk 2] (Paperback)Hardcover
1989 - Dover One [Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover, Bk 1] (Paperback)Hardcover
1987 - No Easy Answers [Harlequin Intrigue, No 66] (Paperback)