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Subject: Opinions of Colin Dexter
Date Posted: 4/14/2011 5:42 PM ET
Member Since: 11/4/2006
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Calling all mystery buddies....

What are your thoughts of Colin Dexter?  I'm thinking about starting the series I found some at my local used bookstore yesterday.

Thanks for your help


Date Posted: 4/14/2011 6:40 PM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2007
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LOVE Colin Dexter but love Inspector Morse more. Is that possible?  Morse is brilliant, arrogant, melancholy, crabby, funny. The list goes on.  One of the best parts of the Morse mysteries is the evolving relationship between Morse and his sergeant Lewis.  At times it's so poignant that I get weepy.  The Colin Dexter mysteries are, as my Aussie friend would say, very thoughty.  There is a lot going on in each book and very rarely are you spoonfed anything.

I actually just went back and read one of the earlier books for one of the challenge categories and found that though it seemed a bit dated in places, especially when it comes to the treatment of women, it still held together really well. If you can read the earlier books with the context of the time period in perspective, I think you'll enjoy them.  By the time you get to The Remorseful Day...well, I won't go there.  You'll just have to read the books and find out!

FYI, the BBC Morse series with John Thaw is well worth looking for if you've never seen it. :)

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 7:48 PM ET
Member Since: 4/1/2011
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Meh. I've only read one book - Last Bus to Woodstock, which is the first in the Inspector Morse series, for a mystery challenge category. I really didn't like the treatment of women in the story. For me, there was too much meandering around and not enough action. I'm not going to look for more in the series to read (I got this one from my library). In all fairness though, I rarely like British mysteries.

Date Posted: 4/15/2011 4:31 PM ET
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I'm a big Morse/Colin Dexter fan and was very disappointed when the series ended (though it ended beautifully).  The characters develop over the length of the series, so it might be better to read them as much in order as possible. 

My personal favorite is The Wench is Dead.   Morse is hospitalized and is incredibly bored, so he amuses himself by trying to solve a decades old crime that he reads about in a historical pamphlet.  I really can't do the book justice, but it is a great picture of the very flawed and very human character of Morse--I'd have to say if you don't like that book you won't like any of them.  And if you do like it, you'll want to read everything in the series.

Date Posted: 4/15/2011 7:04 PM ET
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One of my favorite series of all time...and the TV series was brilliantly done and cast, too. I think they get better as you read on, especially as you get to know Morse better.