The Remorseful Day PDF/EPUB ↠ The Remorseful ePUB


The Remorseful Day [Download] ➵ The Remorseful Day Author Colin Dexter – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The final Inspector Morse mystery finds the cunning detective and the long suffering Sergeant Lewis in pursuit of nurse Yvonne Harrington s murderertwo years after her death The final Inspector Morse mystery finds the cunning detective and the long suffering Sergeant Lewis in pursuit of nurse Yvonne Harrington s murderertwo years after her death.

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • The Remorseful Day
  • Colin Dexter
  • English
  • 07 March 2017
  • 0609606220

About the Author: Colin Dexter

Norman Colin Dexter was an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novelsHe started writing mysteries in during a family holiday We were in a little guest house halfway between Caernarfon and Pwllheli It was a Saturday and it was raining it s not unknown for it to rain in North Wales The children were moaning I was sitting The Remorseful ePUB ´ at the kitchen table with nothing else to do, and I wrote the first few paragraphs of a potential detective novel Last Bus to Woodstock was published in and introduced the world to the character of Inspector Morse, the irascible detective whose penchants for cryptic crosswords, English literature, cask ale and Wagner reflect Dexter s own enthusiasms Dexter s plots are notable for his use of false leads and other red herringsThe success of the episodes of the TV series Inspector Morse, produced between and , brought further acclaim for Dexter In the manner of Alfred Hitchcock, he also makes a cameo appearance in almost all episodes More recently, his character from the Morse series, the stalwart Sgt now Inspector Lewis features in episodes of the new ITV series Lewis As with Morse, Dexter makes a cameo appearance in several episodes Dexter suggested the English poet A E Housman as his great life on the BBC Radio programme of that name in May Dexter and Housman were both classicists who found a popular audience for another genre of writingDexter has been the recipient of several Crime Writers Association awards two Silver Daggers for Service of All the Dead in and The Dead of Jericho in two Gold Daggers for The Wench is Dead in and The Way Through the Woods in and a Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in In Dexter received a Macavity Award for his short story Evans Tries an O Level In , he was elected a member of the by invitation only Detection ClubIn , Dexter was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literatureFrom WikipediaSeries Inspector MorseAwards Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger Service of all the Dead The Dead of JerichoCrime Writers Association Gold Dagger The Wench is Dead The Way Through the Woods.



10 thoughts on “The Remorseful Day

  1. James Thane James Thane says:

    Reading the last novel in a series that you ve really enjoyed is always something of a bittersweet experience, and such is the case with this, the thirteenth and last entry in Colin Dexter s series featuring Chief Inspector Morse Through it all, Morse has remained his brilliant, cheap, curmudgeonly self, often irritating many of those around him, but nonetheless always producing a solution to a very complicated crime And, standing by his side through it all, has been his faithful and often put Reading the last novel in a series that you ve really enjoyed is always something of a bittersweet experience, and such is the case with this, the thirteenth and last entry in Colin Dexter s series featuring Chief Inspector Morse Through it all, Morse has remained his brilliant, cheap, curmudgeonly self, often irritating many of those around him, but nonetheless always producing a solution to a very complicated crime And, standing by his side through it all, has been his faithful and often put upon sergeant, Lewis, who loves working with Morse even if the man can often be a selfish pain in the butt.Throughout the years, Morse has always consumed way too much alcohol and tobacco for his own good, while lying to his doctors and to everyone else about his bad habits But inevitably, those bad habits are catching up with him and even though his health has taken a decided turn for the worse, he refuses to make any real concessions to his health problems.As this book opens, Morse is on a temporary leave, resting up, when his boss, Superintendent Strange, asks him to take on a new case, or an old one, actually A year earlier, a woman named Yvonnne Harrison was found murdered in her home, naked and handcuffed in her bed Mrs Harrison was reputed to be a woman of interesting sexual habits, but all of the obvious suspects, including Mr Harrison, seemed to have iron clad alibis, and the original investigation got nowhere But now, Strange tells Morse that he has received two anonymous phone calls with new leads in the case and he wants Morse, his most brilliant investigator, to take it over Morse is almost always keen to take on a complicated case, but in this instance he refuses, claiming that his health is bad and that he s not interested in the case Strange assigns Sergeant Lewis to run down some leads, but Lewis discovers that Morse, although claiming not to be interested, is already about two steps ahead of him.As the situation unfolds, additional bodies will fall by the wayside Morse will finally be drawn into the case, and, fitting for the climax of the series, it s one of the most complex of his career As always, the plot is extremely convoluted and one wonders if even Chief Inspector Morse will be able to sort it all out.This is a book that will appeal to those who like traditional British mysteries or who have enjoyed the television series featuring John Thaw as Morse It s been great fun working my way through them all again

  2. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    If you want to read an Inspector Morse novel, and have never read any before, then don t start with this one It is the thirteenth and final novel in the series, and the title The Remorseful Day acts as a spoiler, leaving not much doubt in the reader s mind as to what will happen to our favourite detective, who is now 58 years old Or in the words of his sidekick Sergeant Lewis, what will happen to that,curmudgeonly, miserly, oddly vulnerable chief. Colin Dexter explained in an interview that If you want to read an Inspector Morse novel, and have never read any before, then don t start with this one It is the thirteenth and final novel in the series, and the title The Remorseful Day acts as a spoiler, leaving not much doubt in the reader s mind as to what will happen to our favourite detective, who is now 58 years old Or in the words of his sidekick Sergeant Lewis, what will happen to that,curmudgeonly, miserly, oddly vulnerable chief. Colin Dexter explained in an interview that he chose his title as a double reference,The gaudy , blabbing and remorseful day Is crept into the bosom of the sea is from Shakespeare s Henry the Sixth, not the best known quotation from Shakespeare, but A.E Housman knew it and I think he quoted it The Housman quotation is actually from his poem,May , which starts,Yonder see the morning blink The sun is up, and up must I, The concluding lines are,Past touch and sight and soundNot further to be found,How hopeless under groundFalls the remorseful day Colin Dexter went on,But I decided that I wouldn t quote it from Shakespeare but from Housman because he s always been my favourite poet, and with all the Oxford connections and classics connections and I quote the verse at the beginning and it got the nice playful element of Morse in the middle, And ensanguining the skies, lies into the west away, It s the last line of the poem Certainly the shadow of Morse s demise looms large over the entire novel Regular readers of the novels have become hooked on the snippets of information and insights about Morse s personal life, slowly revealed by the author, and acquired through reading them The mystery of what has made Morse the person he is, has proved to be irresistible In this novel, for instance, we learn that his father,sadly, almost tragically, had been a clandestine gambler The plot of this final novel is nicely complex, but for Morse aficionados or perhaps addicts is a better word it is hard to becomeengrossed in the plot than in tidbits such as this, which feed our craving to understand the character of Morse, and worse, what we fear is destined to happen to him This is not perhaps why one usually reads a mystery novel, but we blindly follow the progress of Morse s illnesses, and watch this brilliant but vulnerable character with frustration and incomprehension as he,balanced his intake of alcohol with his intake of insulin,anddevised a carefully calibrated dosage that exactly counterbalanced his considerable intake of alcohol We know of old that for Morse, thinking and drinking are always inseparable,You don t think I drink just for the pleasure of it, do youhe asks Lewis, and in an evenmassive but typical feat of self deception, Morse decides,a permanent cure had been effected and that a resumption of his erstwhile modus vivendi was thenceforth justified The reader wants to shake this character until his teeth rattle Of course by rationalising this way, Morse continues to have his beloved booze, and the effects on his work and life, his fears for the future and so on, are described very effectively He even writes a will, a very touching episode, where we are forced to understand how genuinely alone he is We become aware how detached and remote his existence is, even from the generally accepted ways of life which he encounters daily in the procedures of the institutions we all accept as necessary Dexter has started each chapter with an apt quotation, as is his wont, and the chosen quotation for this chapter is from the will of Thomas Hardy sThe Mayor of Casterbridge , arguably one of the saddest extracts in all English Victorian novels, and evidently a direct parallel to how Dexter views Morse.Other minor characters are depicted to enable further aspects of the main character s personality to be revealed A new recruit, PC Kershaw, young and brilliant, is given short shrift by Morse,his voice trailed off as he found Morse s blue eyes looking at him uncomprehending, cold Cocky young sod University graduate, God help us Sergeant Dixon, whom we have already met in previous novels, is also employed as a device to reveal Morse s nastier side,Morse had once cruelly described him as the lowest watt bulb in the Thames Valley Force and also as an opponent in Lewis s mind for Morse s attentions Lewis becomes intensely jealous when Dixon is given even the most menial police tasks, which makes the reader aware of just how devastating it is going to be for Lewis, when Morse finally takes his bow.Colin Dexter also successfully firms up his portrayal of Superintendent Strange Perhaps this seems an odd thing to do when reaching the conclusion of a long series, but there is good reason for us to get to know Strange a little better Strange is revealed to be an essential component part in the plot both the plot of the murder story, and the subplot of Morse s life It is a subplot which has attained equal value in this novel.So what of the mystery plot Well, it is devious and intellectually challenging, a complex puzzle with numerous twists and turns mostly because we are led, along with Morse, up several blind alleys before the final solution Typically he will get it wrong several times before he gets it right, and this novel is no exception Morse has a unique way of solving crimes, which drives his colleagues round the bend Partly he guesses in random fashion, leaping ahead along the wrong racetrack the racetrack analogy is often used by Dexter but his instincts are often right And this is why he is so grudgingly respected by his colleagues In this case, there is no ambiguity at the end, but whether it is possible to guess who is the perpetrator, and what is coming, is extremely doubtful.The plot starts in typically sordid fashion, with an introductory piece orProlegomenonas the author entitles it, about a flirtation between a nurse and a patient The reader is not privy to the knowledge of who the male involved is It is clear that the female is his nurse Then in the first chapter we learn that a nurse, Yvonne Harrison has been murdered and left naked, handcuffed and gagged She has been found in this sexually compromising position by her husband Frank Threemurders result from this initial one At least, Morse is convinced that they are all connected, and there is, as always, mistaken identities, a plethora of suspects and a moral conundrum or two.The characters in this book seem to be drawn exclusively from the Town side of Oxford, rather than the Gown, although they cover a wide range of types and class It is perhaps a little sad that there is none of the university flavour about the book Clearly it has been sacrificed to give us arounded portrayal of how Morse s gradual withdrawal from the scene affects those few near to him Lewis begins to play aactive role in the case, or cases, because of Morse s failing health,It was as if he Lewis was taking charge of the case.Well, he was, wasn t he Indeed there seems to be a reluctance on Morse s part to be involved with this case at all One intriguing aspect of the novel is the development of Lewis s approach At times he seems to emulate Morse s method, even though he knows it is flawed For,Morse was very often wrong at the start.So what Morse was almost always right at the finish Lewis even at one point quite deliberately employs Morse s favourite technique, that of the Socratic dialectic, or eliciting the right answers just by asking the right questions He is clearly beginning to follow in the master s footsteps.It is probably Dexter s own fantasy, being able to solve a problem solely by the use of sheer intellect He once said that he,was just as anxious for the detective to manage without the pathology lab as for the crossword puzzler to manage without a dictionaryAnd of course, the crossword fanaticism is also built into the character of Morse, as he continually matches his latest achieved time against his earlier self.We follow developments in the story by means of various characters Paddy Flynn, a cab driver, Frank Harrison, a rich businessman who is the widower of the first victim, his son Simon and also his daughter, Sarah, who happens to be one of Morse s doctors There is an ex con Harry Repp, released early on parole and a local builder, with a string of affairs and assignations behind him, John Barron There is the landlord of a local pub, Tom Biffen There is a young lad, Roy Holmes, and another seedy youth And all of these characters actions provide a rich mixture with drugs involvement, blackmail, jealousy, anonymous letters to the police, similarities of appearance and and hidden relationships from the past In fact there are most of the ingredients Dexter likes to include in his whodunnits, popping up in this book Sometimes Dexter has liked to have Morse expound his theory at the end, in soliloquy fashion In this novel, he has Morse write a long account, almost a letter, giving a detailed explanation for everything,just in case something happened just in case no one would be aware of the sweetly logical solution that had formulated itself in his mind that day He had told Lewis,This will be has been my last case I am now determined to retire and to take life a littlegently and sensibly, And with supreme dramatic irony, view spoiler a little later Morse collapses and dies in hospital of a heart attack His last words are Thank Lewis for me hide spoiler In an addendum, Strange, uncovering the truth further, tells Lewis the reason behind the issue which has bothered Lewis right from the start, because,Morse had known too little about it, and then again, far too much And inevitably, the truth is not anything which the reader could have guessed There has been, as always, much sleight of hand by Dexter in this novel He has never been afraid to mislead the readers, indeed obfuscation has been part of his style throughout, by building this feature into his defined character portrayal of Morse,Are you making it all up asks Lewis suspiciously at one point And the replyYes So allow me to continue making it all up But the final words are very affecting We feel for Lewis in his desolation It is closure, for readers and characters alike flawed, vulnerable and essentially human as they have been There is no ambiguity here.Here is what Colin Dexter himself said about the ending of the series,I ve written enough I think, including the short stories, this is number 14 I feel I ve said enough about him I think, in a way, you know there are certain characteristics, as there are with your chief fellow and you play on them a bit, and you change them and you repeat them And people get older I feel, as I ve said, there s been a lot of corpses, a lot of people have been killed, a lot of talk about poets and Wagner and beer and crosswords And I just feel that there s been enough said and you can t go on, well you can go on but there comes a point when you say, That s it I think that s enough about this man And say if you do get the luck of it being committed to television with a great group producer director actors executive producer like Ted Childs then you have to say, don t you, The Gods have been kind AndThe Guardians verdictLet those who lament the decline of the English detective story reach for Colin Dexter Ah, but after Inspector Morse s decline, what do we readers do now NOTE All thirteenInspector Morsenovels have now been reviewed individually, and each review can be displayed by searching for the relevant title on my page

  3. Karl Karl says:

    This hard cover book is signed by Colin Dexter This is the last Morse book.

  4. Arwen Arwen says:

    I don t very often shed a tear when reading but this was one of the exceptions This last Morse story had a different feel to it right from the start The crime plot seems to have almost secondary importance maybe because one already knows what is going to happen at the end and the three characters Morse, Lewis and Strange come to the fore.Such a sad and moving ending Poor Morse, heading straight down the road to self destruction, unwilling or unable to prevent the inevitable And poor Lew I don t very often shed a tear when reading but this was one of the exceptions This last Morse story had a different feel to it right from the start The crime plot seems to have almost secondary importance maybe because one already knows what is going to happen at the end and the three characters Morse, Lewis and Strange come to the fore.Such a sad and moving ending Poor Morse, heading straight down the road to self destruction, unwilling or unable to prevent the inevitable And poor Lewis who only realises that he has done his friend an injustice when it s too late.I wish Colin Dexter had decided on a different way to close this series I prefer to think of Morse in retirement, listening to Wagner with a glass of whisky in his hand.

  5. Jill Holmes Jill Holmes says:

    The Colin Dexter mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Morse of the Thames Valley CID and leading up to this book have prepared the reader for the likely end of the great detective He drinks far to much, easts poorly, can t resist the occasional cigarette, and most recently has been diagnosed with diabetes and a host of impending health disasters requiring a farstrict lifestyle The murder in this mystery has baffled his fellow detectives forthan a year, and, when new evidence, surf The Colin Dexter mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Morse of the Thames Valley CID and leading up to this book have prepared the reader for the likely end of the great detective He drinks far to much, easts poorly, can t resist the occasional cigarette, and most recently has been diagnosed with diabetes and a host of impending health disasters requiring a farstrict lifestyle The murder in this mystery has baffled his fellow detectives forthan a year, and, when new evidence, surfaces and Morse is asked to head a new investigation, Morse refuses for reasons puzzling to his supervisor as well as the ever faithful Sergeant Lewis Further, despite refusing to tackle the case, Morse does seem to be investigating it privately It soon becomes clear to Lewis that Morse knew the dead woman and may have been involved not only in her life but in her death The case is coarse, raw, and crude in short, as unlike Morse as even his closest few friends might guess And, of course, his meddling in the investigation and manipulation of evidence if it truly has occurred as Lewis suspects is the kind of behaviour Morse has deplored in other policemen and agencies throughout his long life of service.Lewis is desperate to solve the case and to prove to himself and to Morse that he is capable of brilliant detection like his long time boss Morse is in and out of hospital while ignoring the writing on the wall, to Lewis s disgust and frustration His hospital stays and intermittent recuperations force Morse to face the new world from which he seems to have grownanddistant Oxford is still the beautiful city of spires, but, like all other large and diverse cities, its crimes have become evendistasteful with the passing years The times, it seems, have finally passed Morse by.Like all the Morse stories, the two principle characters are fascinating studies Morse is just as arrogant as ever, despite facing what may be his last case and his own mortality Lewis seems a man of simple tastes and ordinary abilites by contrast but, in many respects, he is Morse s superior because of his human, caring approach and the lessons he has learned almost in direct opposition from the great man himself The quotes that lead off each chapter are as tantalizing as the plot twists And the red herrings abound Trying to tell much of the story is tricky because spoilers are likely The biggest spoiler or not appears on the book s cover with the notation The Final Inspector Morse Novel Given Morse s life style and medical history, we know the likely outcome, but that doesn t make it any easier to accept Dexter doesn t dwell on Morse s departure, however it is done with taste, gentleness, affection, and fact along with some final revelations that fans will cherish Dexter wrote thirteen Morse mysteries, and their collective construction ending on that fateful number is as carefully and skillfully done as every other aspect of Dexter s books It remains to be seen whether or not loyal readers can back away with the same dignity

  6. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    One of the best of all the Morse series as it really explores the relationship of Morse and Lewis and Strange The main case deals with the death of a woman several years before that Strange orders Morse to investigate Morse is at his best here He does not go willy nilly looking for a solution to the crime He does not pick up women or drink excessively Has he changed No Morse is sick and it is no surprise that he dies during the book It s how the ends ties up and Morse s genuine care for One of the best of all the Morse series as it really explores the relationship of Morse and Lewis and Strange The main case deals with the death of a woman several years before that Strange orders Morse to investigate Morse is at his best here He does not go willy nilly looking for a solution to the crime He does not pick up women or drink excessively Has he changed No Morse is sick and it is no surprise that he dies during the book It s how the ends ties up and Morse s genuine care for Lewis that make this book stand out It was a fitting tribute and quite moving It was a wonderful way to finish a series

  7. Rebecca Hazell Rebecca Hazell says:

    Colin Dexter was a disappointment overall, though I read most of his books in an attempt to be fair The TV series was much better Dexter spent lots of time showing off his main character Morse s mastery of Latin, mutual attractions to beautiful women that led nowhere maybe Morse quoted too much Latin to them or corrected their spelling too often , and then being sentimental in unconvincing ways As I said, watch the series and don t bother with the books.

  8. Patrick Neylan Patrick Neylan says:

    They say you shouldn t read the last book first, but hey, it was to hand I ve got to say I m a little disappointed The plot of The Remorseful Day frays around the edges as Dexter tries a little too hard to keep the reader off balance, while Morse s view spoiler impending demise hide spoiler is over signalled as he does things he surely wouldn t do, such as revealing the murderer in a private diary without telling Lewis And the inexorable progress towards that reveal via diversions and re They say you shouldn t read the last book first, but hey, it was to hand I ve got to say I m a little disappointed The plot of The Remorseful Day frays around the edges as Dexter tries a little too hard to keep the reader off balance, while Morse s view spoiler impending demise hide spoiler is over signalled as he does things he surely wouldn t do, such as revealing the murderer in a private diary without telling Lewis And the inexorable progress towards that reveal via diversions and red herrings essential in a crime novel just isn t there The investigation seems to run out of puff, such that two weeks after finishing the book I can t quite remember who the murderer was and which of the naughty but not guilty of murder characters got their just desserts It seems Dexter was so preoccupied with Morse s view spoiler impending demise hide spoiler that he literally lost the plot You can just tell that some of Morse s pedantry is Dexter s too, so after reading about him nit picking over Oxford commas occasionally useful but generally unnecessary , grumbling about split infinitives a fake rule and excoriating errors that are littlethan style preferences, I found some smug satisfaction at finding one or two genuine errors that must have stemmed from the author s own pen I m a book editor so I can tell the difference between an editor s errors and an author s I ve remembered who the murderer was now I can t quite remember the motive though

  9. Bekah Bekah says:

    I am a huge fan of the television series starring John Thaw, so I just had to read the books and learnabout Morse I know it is a little stupid to start with the last book, but as I had watched all episodes aside from The Remorseful Day, I saw this as my chance to finally read before watching The case was so complicated and left me chewing my lip very frequently I was also left broken hearted I know I would likely not have cried had I not been able to put a face, a voice, with the names I am a huge fan of the television series starring John Thaw, so I just had to read the books and learnabout Morse I know it is a little stupid to start with the last book, but as I had watched all episodes aside from The Remorseful Day, I saw this as my chance to finally read before watching The case was so complicated and left me chewing my lip very frequently I was also left broken hearted I know I would likely not have cried had I not been able to put a face, a voice, with the names of Morse and Lewis I could see them, hear them, and it made those last chapters all thepainful Colin Dexter is a clever man and a wonderful author Despite reading the last book first, I cannot wait to go back and read the other cases of Inspector Endeavour Morse

  10. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    I only wish there were ten stars I feel as if I have taken another course in English literature He quotes all the greats Shakespeare, Keats, A.E Housmen, his favorite, Byron, Wilde, Gray, Dickens, Tennyson, Yeats The mystery was excellent and spoiler alert his death so tragic I cried Why did his best have to be his last

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *