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Inspector Morse

Inspector Endeavour Morse is a fictional character, who features in a series of thirteen detective novels[?] by British author Colin Dexter. His first name was kept a secret until one of the very last books.

The titles are:

  • Last Bus to Woodstock, 1975
  • Last Seen Wearing, 1976
  • Silent World of Nicholas Quinn, 1977
  • Service of All the Dead, 1979
  • The Dead of Jerico, 1981
  • The Riddle of the Third Mile, 1983
  • The Secret of Annexe 3, 1986
  • The Wench is Dead, 1989
  • The Jewel That Was Ours, 1991
  • The Way Through the Woods, 1992
  • The Daughters of Cain, 1994
  • Death is Now My Neighbour, 1996
  • The Remorseful Day: The Final Inspector Morse Novel, 2000

Dexter killed Morse in his last book, and has thus far shown no sign of resurrecting him - unlike Arthur Conan Doyle, who killed his main character only to have to bring him back to life.

The Inspector Morse novels have been made into a very successful TV series (also called Inspector Morse) for the British TV channel ITV. The series was made by Zenith Productions for Central (a company later acquired by Carlton.) The series comprises 33 two-hour episodes (100 minutes excluding commercials) - twenty more episodes than there are novels - produced between 1987 and 2001. The final episode was of course adapted from the final novel. The Inspector himself is played by John Thaw and the faithful Sergeant Lewis by Kevin Whately. Dexter makes a cameo appearance[?] in each of the episodes. The series remains popular and is frequently repeated on ITV1 and ITV2[?].See the official web site of the TV series at http://www.inspectormorse.co.uk/. Sadly, John Thaw died only months after the series ended.

It is primarily the personality of the main character that makes the Inspector Morse novels so successful. With his beautiful Jaguar car, thirst for beer, snobbery, and penchant for Wagner, he is a likeable person despite his sullen temperament.

Dexter is a fan of cryptic crosswords, and in every novel the surname of the killer is taken from the list of winners of (The Times?) crossword competition.

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