Friday's Forgotten Books - Morse's Greatest Mystery - In Reference to Murder

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February 25, 2011


Patti Abbott

I've been surprised at how rarely Dexter has been mentioned.

BV Lawson

Actually, I was too, Patti! I always go through the Forgotten Friday Books archive to try and avoid duplication of works in particular, but also repeating the same authors over and over. To my surprise, Dexter had only been mentioned once (maybe twice), I believe. Of course, his oeuvre isn't as extensive as some other more prolific authors, despite the TV series.

George Kelley

I have Dexter's books. After reading your review, I'm going to have to read one. Our PBS station still shows the TV series from time to time.

BV Lawson

Morse is an interesting character, George, and his relationship with Lewis also helps flesh out the series. You might start with "The Wench is Dead" (1989) and "The Way Through the Woods" (1992), both of which won the Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year.

Richard R.

I've read this one and all but two of the novels, one of those situations where I "set them aside" to save them for later so I wouldn't run out. I met Dexter at a small signing in southern California for DAUGHTERS OF CAIN, the 11th book published, just before this one. He's a wonderful,, kind man and I love the Morse books. I remember "Evan Tries An O-Level" as being particularly good.

BV Lawson

Yes, I agree with you, Richard. I think the "Evans" story was the best of the lot; he should do a lot more of these humorous, whimsical characters, perhaps even write a new series in that vein. I haven't had the pleasure to meet Mr. Dexter, but have read from those who do, adding their observations to yours that he's very gracious.

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