- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Pan (15 March 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330451170
- ISBN-13: 978-0330451178
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
The Remorseful Day: An Inspector Morse Mystery 13 Paperback – 15 Mar 2007
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About the Author
Colin Dexter has won many awards for his novels including the CWA Gold Dagger and Silver Dagger awards. In 1997 he was presented with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding services to crime literature. Colin's thirteenth and final Inspector Morse novel, The Remorseful Day, was published in 1999. He lives in Oxford.
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How does a man measure his life? This is Morse's final struggle, final mystery, final effort to make a difference when he loses hope and sees himself falling short of the finish line.
This book only has value in my opinion when read last in the series. It was hard to let him go.
We meet a Morse who is somewhat more serious about the idea of self-improvement and, touchingly, still just as bad at it as ever. One would think that reading about a man's futile struggles with addiction would be somewhat tedious, but it's not. Dexter handles this subject matter with a light and graceful touch, thus providing a likeable and highly relatable flaw for a character who is in so many other ways exceptional. His great qualities have never, however, seemed to justify the sometimes cloying hero-worship of salt of the earth Sergeant Lewis, but in this instalment Lewis appears to discover a pair of clay feet for his hero, which adds an interesting dynamic.
Not only does The Remorseful Day fulfil Dexter's apparent wish to send his brilliant detective out with a bang, it ties off quite a lot of the elements of the 'Morse Universe', giving us insight and closure into Lewis, Strange and others. This is curiously satisfying all by itself, but don't worry - this particular mystery is a cracker. Multiple red herrings, a baffling but memorable assemblage of suspects and a motive that is not only key, but is dangled tauntingly in front of the reader's face from the very beginning... and still manages to be obscure.
While lacking some of Dexter's usual charming idiosyncracies, this is nevertheless one of his strongest Morse instalments and well worth a read, wherever you are are (or aren't) in the canon.
Synopsis of the Plot: Mrs. Yvonne Harrison was a middle aged Bathsheba who enjoyed extramarital sex. Her husband Frank Harrison, a serial adulterer carried on many affairs during the long marriage. One year before the beginning of our novel, Yvonne's nude body is found lying dead in her bed. The body shows no signs of visible violence. Mrs. Harrison had not been raped but is quite dead! Whodunit? Among the suspects are:
Frank Harrison-her wealthy womanizer spouse; Simon Harrison-her son who is almost completely deaf. He is working at a publishing house as the book begins. Sarah Harrison-the family's daughter. She is a medical doctor working in the field of diabetic care. There are several other suspects who live in the small village where the Harrisons are resident. In addition to the murder of Yvonne Harrison, three men who knew her are also found dead and presumed to have been murdered. Dexter is good at being able to draw succinct character sketches of the characters. The book is set in 1998.
Colin Dexter's style is literate and lyrical. The novel includes many quotations culled from literary sources, the Bible and philosophical writings.. Dexter is able to write a complex criminal police procedural with clarity, wit and deep insight into the human condition. The reader regrets the loss of such a literary luminary as Inspector Morse. Many of the Morse and Lewis cases have been filmed by the BBC and appear regulary on the Masterpiece Mystery program on PBS. This was my first Inspector Morse novel but it will be far from the last one I peruse. The ability of the author makes the book transcend its detective genre confines to become a work of literature.
Excellent! Highly recommended for detective fiction fans!
There are some surprises in this book. Not sure why the chief villain committed the murder, but nevermind. If Morse is sure, that's good enough for me. If you like Morse and Lewis, you should enjoy seeing them once again combine forces to solve an enigma.