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    Oxford s Chief Inspector Morse rarely ever takes a holiday but here we find him vacationing in Dorset when a letter appears in The Times offering a clue to the whereabouts of a young female Swedish student, Karin Erikksson, who disappeared in Oxfordshire nearly a year earlier She was never seen again and is presumed dead The letter writer suggests where the body might be found This leads to a series of letters published in the paper attempting to interpret the clues that the original writer h Oxford s Chief Inspector Morse rarely ever takes a holiday but here we find him vacationing in Dorset when a letter appears in The Times offering a clue to the whereabouts of a young female Swedish student, Karin Erikksson, who disappeared in Oxfordshire nearly a year earlier She was never seen again and is presumed dead The letter writer suggests where the body might be found This leads to a series of letters published in the paper attempting to interpret the clues that the original writer has offered.Morse sees the letters and is, of course, intrigued Back from vacation, he manages to get assigned to the case along with his faithful sergeant, Lewis From the clues in the paper, Morse determines where the body must be Sure enough, searchers find the remains of a body but from that point on, things become evenbaffling than they were before.It soon appears that Ms Erikksson was very short of cash and may have been willing to make some compromises in order to get some money Morse discovers a cast of creepy characters who may have been involved in her disappearance and slowly sorts things out to a startling conclusion.This is one of the better books in this series, and Morse continues to be a very appealing protagonist, especially when he s got a pint in his hand and his thinking cap on As usually happens, there s a randy woman or two who will come his way, brightening his day and the reader s as well Fans of the series will not want to miss this one


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    The Way Through the Woods is the tenth novel in the Inspector Morse series, and won the Gold Dagger Award in 1992 It is perhaps the quintessential Morse novel Its title, part of the couplet,There once was a way through the woodsBefore they planted the trees is taken from a poem by Rudyard Kipling In the novel Colin Dexter continues his predilection for starting each chapter with a quotation They are not all from literary sources, however They can be taken from anywhere, as long as the auth The Way Through the Woods is the tenth novel in the Inspector Morse series, and won the Gold Dagger Award in 1992 It is perhaps the quintessential Morse novel Its title, part of the couplet,There once was a way through the woodsBefore they planted the trees is taken from a poem by Rudyard Kipling In the novel Colin Dexter continues his predilection for starting each chapter with a quotation They are not all from literary sources, however They can be taken from anywhere, as long as the author considers them pertinent to the context For instance, one is from the magazine,Homes and Gardens , but it does relate to the Oxford properties and social groupings which comprise the setting of the following chapter.In addition to these stylistic devices, one satisfying element of this novel is the inclusion of many possible solutions to an intellectual puzzle a devious conundrum which forms part of the plot When the detectives, and the reader, solve the puzzle, then we believe the explanation to the story the disappearance of a young woman from Uppsala in Sweden will be clearly revealed.The reader is implicitly invited to spend a great deal of thought deconstructing the cryptic poem which is presented, and assessing the various theories as to what the clues are Many eminent scholars present their views in the newspaper Which is correct In terms of the story itself, the plot is typically complex, and only to be hinted at here We are moved into the story step by step Much as in an earlier story when Morse becomes intrigued in a case from his hospital bed, in this novel he is reluctantly on holiday in Lyme Regis However George Bernard Shaw s expressed view that,A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of Hellwhich significantly is a chapter heading , also exemplifies Morse s attitude to vacations Bored out of his mind, he is repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to follow theColeridge Trailto Ottery St Mary and Nether Stowey He then tries putting his detective and deductive skills to use by covertly watching and finding out about a woman in the hotel, Louisa, to whom he is attracted She tells him she works for a model agency, intrigued despite herself by his,keen blue eyesHe in turn, notices that her eyes partially obscured by make up,seemed somehow darkened by a sadder,durable shadowAnd inevitably she does later have a connection to the case in which he becomes involved During the course of this, Morse s attention is caught by an anonymous riddle, in the form of a five stanza poem inThe Timesnewspaper The police have requested help from Howard Phillipson, the Times s literary correspondent The cryptic clues seem to imply that the missing girl has been murdered Such clues could almost have been designed to intrigue Morse, the crossword puzzle fanatic He thus becomes involved with the unsolved case of the Swedish girl Karin Eriksson, a secretarial student, who had disappeared a year previously.The crime had previously been the responsibility of Chief Inspector Harold Johnson of Thames Valley CID Unsurprisingly, he does not take kindly to Morse s being given charge of it, or the insistence of Morse that if there was a body to be found, it would not be on the Blenheim Estate, where all the previous investigation had been concentrated, but in Wytham Woods The reason for this assertion, seemed entirely to hinge on the verses But their joint boss, Chief Superintendant Strange, has confidence in Morse and wants to give him some leeway,He d have ideas though, wouldn t he, Morse Always did have Even if he s been on a case a couple of minutes Usually the wrong ideas of course, but And as always, Morse s loyal sidekick Lewis, is extraordinarily proud to be working with his exasperating colleague, realising with a flash of inspiration that,They were trying to pick his Lewis s brains, because they were envious of his relationship with MorseOn another occasion he tries to take a realistic view,I think he s a great man, but he sometimes gets things awfully wrong, doesn t he And heoften gets things bloody right said Strange with vehemence Or as the author observes elsewhere,logic sometimes held less sway in Morse s mind than feeling and impulse For those readers involved in the back story of the series, this is the one in which theugly brusque and arrogant pathologistMaximilan Theodore Siegfried de Bryn view spoiler has a fatal coronary thrombosis At this point, whilst he is at death s door, hide spoiler we become aware of the close relationship pertaining between the two curmudgeonly characters how similar they both are and possibly how similar too they are to the author himself Though it has to be said, Dexter has used a fair bit of wish fulfillment in his creation of the maverick, charismatic, aesthetic, romantic, talented genius Morse.One particularly satisfying element of this novel is the interweaving of the brain teasers with the unveiling of the events of the plot Just as in soft pornography, the gradual shedding of layers is thought to be one of thetitillating elements, Dexter flirts with his reader by strictly controlling and holding back his clues, allowing us odd glimpses now and then to tax our analytical skills And yes, this novel is typically sleazy, with the women continually viewed by Morse in terms of their bedworthiness , although it has to be said that Dexter does makeof an attempt to flesh the female characters out if you ll pardon the pun than he did in the earlier novels in the series Readers should take warning that this is no cosy mystery as presented in the TV series This particular novel was adapted for television in 1995 It does not follow the current trend for graphically explicit, sometimes visceral detail, and in this way the Inspector Morse novels areold school But the main plot of this one is based on a sordid, socially unacceptable pastime, and the characters involved are depicted as feeling variously ashamed, guilty, secretive or ultimately devastated by it The novel itself even contains a written academic analysis of pornography at one point, ostensibly written by one of the protagonists, onGradualism in my definitive opus on pornography, for it is the gradual nature of the erotic process that is all important, as even that old fascist Plato had the nous to seeThe characters in this novel are diverse, and well described Their situations are various, ranging between Oxford s Town and Gown stereotypes There is the woman in the hotel, Louisa, an Oxford don Dr Alan Hardinge and his wife Lynne, a photographer Alasdair McBryde, a head forester David Michaels and his wife Cathy, a Doctor Myton, an odd job man George Daley, his wife Margaret, and son Phillip, as well as the Swedish family headed by Irma Eriksson, who have now moved back to the outskirts of Stockholm It is still noticeable that the female characters are mainly wives , or there to provide fodder for sexual speculation on behalf of Morse or is it Dexter but this is common to all Morse novels If one takes this on board, the characterisation is good.The subplots are also varied, and cleverly interwoven so that the reader is not always aware whether it is crucial influencing the main thrust of the story or a subplot There seem to be two murders, but in the end the reader is not sure even of this Perhaps there was only one actual murder There is a body, but is it the right one There are accidents, but again, are they indicative of what is to happen, or has happened They may be pertinent, they may not The reader is not sure, but is involved with the characters, feels their pain, and wants to carry on reading even if they are being led up the garden path Or possibly through the woods There is a suicide, the death of a child, bereavement, guilt, remorse all life is here.We also learn much about Morse in this novel Claire Osborne view spoiler Louisa , hide spoiler one of his conquests, views him as aconceited civilised, ruthless, gentle, boozy, sensitive man, which seems quite an accurate thumbnail sketch We also learn where he lives in Leys Close a real location Drivethrough a courtyard, before arriving at a row of two storey, yellow bricked, newish properties, their woodwork painted a uniform whiteAlthough the TV dramatisations have not reproduced this location, the interior with itsbook lined walls, the stacks of records everywhere, the picturesis consistent in both And if you were to visit this fictitious character, he would doubtless greet you withan old world gesture of hospitalityas Morse greets his visitor.Different too, from the TV dramatisations, is the description of Laura Hobson, who bursts on the scene with her broad North country vowels, announcing,I am not your dear You must forgive me for being so blunt but I m no one s luv or dear or darling or sweetheart I ve got a nameIt is a comic moment, but give Dexter his due for attempting to bring his novels into the 20th century, and giving the females a bit of character She isa woman in her early thirties, fair complexioned, with a pair of disproportionately large spectacles on her pretty noseAnd of course, she has to be immediately attracted to our superhero Morse, even though he is aslightly balding grey haired manold enough to be her father, thinking of him later asthe strange policeman who had monopolised her thoughts these last few days Although there are features in common with some earlier novels, especially his first oneLast Seen Wearing , this is far better written, and shows just how far the writer has developed his craft The characters arefully drawn, and some have become endearingly familar to us But mostly the quality of this novel lies with the fact that it is a satisfyingly challenging puzzle to read It is possible to work the solution out, devious though it is, because just a few clues have been carefully inserted at salient points Barely enough, however, because on a first reading, clouds of obfuscation tend to divert the reader from what then becomes a breathtaking denouement Dexter s writing is a joy to read too Colloquial enough in the conversation scenes, there are instances of talent rarely found in detective novels For example, alliterations such asthe catalytic factor in the curious chemistry of Morse s mind guaranteed genuine slim Selina and mighty Michelle party hats perched on their heads the honest and honourable Lewis pestilential pigeons a fellow in his forties a distanced drink togetheranda vehicular Valhalla. Some of these, the last especially, with its Wagnerian overtones, reveal just how entwined the character of Morse and the author s voice have become And at the end Morse seems to become the mouthpiece for Colin Dexter, as he tells his boss,We never really understand people s motives In all these things it s as if there s a manifestation but there s always a bit of a mystery too Colin Dexter has a penchant for leaving just a tiny scrap of ambiguity at the end of a novel Sometimes it is an addendum, sometimes an event further back Here the ambiguity is not so much in a detail or an event, but in the motives of one of the characters But as Wittgenstein says, and Dexter quotes earlier,Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent


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    Read by Michael PenningtonTotal Runtime 8 hours 24 minsDescription They called her the Swedish Maiden the beautiful young tourist who disappeared on a hot summer s day somewhere in North Oxford Twelve months later the case remained unsolved pending further developments at Thames Valley CID On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse is startled to read a tantalizing article in The Times about the missing woman An article which lures him back to Wytham W Read by Michael PenningtonTotal Runtime 8 hours 24 minsDescription They called her the Swedish Maiden the beautiful young tourist who disappeared on a hot summer s day somewhere in North Oxford Twelve months later the case remained unsolved pending further developments at Thames Valley CID On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse is startled to read a tantalizing article in The Times about the missing woman An article which lures him back to Wytham Woods near Oxfordand straight into the most extraordinary murder investigation of his career.For ease of memory, this is the one with Three Little Maids, The Swedish Maiden, the camera, and that hit and run.4 Last Bus to Woodstock Inspector Morse, 1 3 Last Seen Wearing Inspector Morse, 2 3 The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn Inspector Morse, 3 3 Service of All the Dead Inspector Morse, 4 3 The Dead of Jericho Inspector Morse, 5 4 The Riddle of the Third Mile Inspector Morse, 6 3 The Secret of Annexe 3 Inspector Morse 7 3 The Wench Is Dead Inspector Morse, 8 3 The Jewel That Was Ours Inspector Morse, 9 CR The Way Through The Woods Inspector Morse, 10 3 Morse s Greatest Mystery and Other Stories


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    Maybe I m not eligible to rate this book because this book went bouncer over my head The last book I read of Colin Dexter, The Dead of Jericho, forced me to go back and search for specific words hints the author had planted earlier in the story narration So for this book, I tried to remember every word instance that the author had written in the beginning But this book is so long around 500 pages that after some time I became tired of trying to remember everything, because my efforts were n Maybe I m not eligible to rate this book because this book went bouncer over my head The last book I read of Colin Dexter, The Dead of Jericho, forced me to go back and search for specific words hints the author had planted earlier in the story narration So for this book, I tried to remember every word instance that the author had written in the beginning But this book is so long around 500 pages that after some time I became tired of trying to remember everything, because my efforts were not proving useful because all those things were not being referenced used for solving the mystery.Another thing I didnt like about this book was that most of the book has been told from Morse s perspective we kinda travel with Morse Still, there are a lot of things the author keeps from the readers in terms of clues that Morse comes across or things that Morse thinks or shares with his colleagues I guess that s cheating with the readers because if you want to make the readers think about the mystery, they should be kept in loop of the developments Things that Morse sees on the scene, or shares with his colleagues, aren t fully shared at some places with the readers So, Morse solves the mystery the readers can t However, I felt good that before the author i.e., Morse reached the conclusion that the suspected victim was alive, I cracked that part by myself Owing to the fact that things required for reaching this conclusion were shared with the readers Also, when Morse thought that the boy was responsible for his father s murder, I d differed in opinion because of the letter the boy had left for his father in their house Later on, my hunch proved to be right.But this brings me to my next disappointment If you ve already committed a murder in self defense, why go for another murder for only a small amount of money Especially when the 2nd victim as well as the 2nd murderer both are suspects in the 1st murder Wouldn t they be afraid that probably the police would be keeping a watch on all of them However, the police WASNT keeping a watch on them, was another puzzle for me why leave the suspects scot free I understand that those people had themselves approached the police for a statement claiming that they didnt commit the first murder, but Morse did find certain lies in the statement, didnt he So why not keep an eye on those involved Another thing it is mentioned that the boy maintained a diary where he had written something like Another girl screaming in a blood pool or something This has never been investigated or explained This could have been a reference to the girl who meets with an accident, but then who was the FIRST girl Even though the boy dies later on, this thing couldnt be kept as a loose end It was serious enough to investigate.Also, the readers are not made privy to how Morse reaches the conclusion that a specific lady is the one everyone is searching for No clues for the readers there untill Morse pounces on her.Last, but not the least, the author has jumped multiple times into time present and past which created extra confusion in my mind about the sequence of events.Maybe I m right in whatever I said here, or maybe I m wrong and someone could help me understand these doubts confusions so that I fully understand the story


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    This is my favorite Morse book so far It had an interesting mystery and for once, Morse wasn t on a lot of goose chases He was enjoying himself on vacation and loathe to return to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the blond, gorgeous Swedish hitchhiker Personally, I would have thought this was right up in his alley This was a good read.


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    My first acquaintance with Inspector Morse, and I liked the guy For much of the book, I wondered if this review would be three or four stars What won me over after a slow start was Dexter s fine writing and the development of both Morse and his partner and fellow police officer Lewis The story surrounds the disappearance of a lovely Swedish young woman about a year before the story takes place The general conclusion is that she has been murdered and it s only when a mysterious poem alluding My first acquaintance with Inspector Morse, and I liked the guy For much of the book, I wondered if this review would be three or four stars What won me over after a slow start was Dexter s fine writing and the development of both Morse and his partner and fellow police officer Lewis The story surrounds the disappearance of a lovely Swedish young woman about a year before the story takes place The general conclusion is that she has been murdered and it s only when a mysterious poem alluding to that Swedish Maiden appears in the newspaper that effort is once again applied to the case Morse meets a woman of interesting profession while on vacation, and eventually, men who know her and her agency and how the Maiden s disappearance fits with that Withoutdetail, diligence and patience on the part of Morse bring in a conclusion Morse is a good, but flawed man He enjoys his alcohol, but also fine classical music and apparently has substantial background in fine reading which he sometimes brings to his case and friends He s not well understood by those around him but has his peers respect, something making him easy to relate to Until the end, I was doubtful whether I d return to readMorse, and still am not sure but am leaning towards it


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    TheI read Morse, theI want to read Morse, December 6, 2012 By Ellen Rappaport Florida This review is from The Way Through the Woods Inspector Morse Mass Market Paperback The Way Through the Woods I have been spoiled rotten by Colin Dexter or shall I say Inspector Morse This, my 3rd in this series although not in order is no exception The strange but certain comraderie between Inspector Morse and Lewis is delightful This particular mystery does not end at all the way it TheI read Morse, theI want to read Morse, December 6, 2012 By Ellen Rappaport Florida This review is from The Way Through the Woods Inspector Morse Mass Market Paperback The Way Through the Woods I have been spoiled rotten by Colin Dexter or shall I say Inspector Morse This, my 3rd in this series although not in order is no exception The strange but certain comraderie between Inspector Morse and Lewis is delightful This particular mystery does not end at all the way it begins There is such a complete inside out of the original development that it was absolutely outstanding.If you complain about words used that may not seem the least bit familiar in this or other Inspector Morse mysteriestake heart You are being educated I not only learn from each Inspector Morse I find that I need to go back and re read many pages This is no shallow cozy As a matter of fact after reading this entry into the Morse phenomenon I am unable to take an interest in another lovely cozy book The depth of satisfaction is just that rewarding to methe reader.Yes, I am spoiled rotten by the incredible Inspector Morse and I intend to stay spoiled through the entire series


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    The Way Through the Woods is a classic Inspector Morse murder mystery We have Morse s drinking problems, his overt and inevitably doomed attempts at wooing the female characters, and his beetling down every wrong track he can find until he triumphantly identifies the killer Colin Dexter s novel is held together by a mysterious poem that is sent anonymously to the Times, presumably by the killer of a backpacking Swedish student Morse s devious mind unravels the clues in the poem one by one wi The Way Through the Woods is a classic Inspector Morse murder mystery We have Morse s drinking problems, his overt and inevitably doomed attempts at wooing the female characters, and his beetling down every wrong track he can find until he triumphantly identifies the killer Colin Dexter s novel is held together by a mysterious poem that is sent anonymously to the Times, presumably by the killer of a backpacking Swedish student Morse s devious mind unravels the clues in the poem one by one with the help of erudite and eccentric Times letter writers The title comes from Rudyard Kipling s poem,The Way through the Woods Weather and rain have undone it again,And now you would never knowThere was once a road through the woodsBefore they planted the trees. I just wish there had beenbooks in the Inspector Morse series They are as good as detective murder mysteries get


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    This book was chosen by my local library for the book club selection of the month I didn t finish it before the meeting nor did I go, but I m planning on attendingbook club meetings in the future and I appreciate the opportunity to read new books that I might not have picked out on my own This story was a bit heavier on the sex, alcohol and violence than I typically like I mof a cozy mystery fan , but it was a fascinating tale and I enjoyed the English setting The story was fai This book was chosen by my local library for the book club selection of the month I didn t finish it before the meeting nor did I go, but I m planning on attendingbook club meetings in the future and I appreciate the opportunity to read new books that I might not have picked out on my own This story was a bit heavier on the sex, alcohol and violence than I typically like I mof a cozy mystery fan , but it was a fascinating tale and I enjoyed the English setting The story was fairly complicated with all of the characters, plot twists and hidden agendas interesting quoteWork without Hope draws nectar in a sieve, And Hope without an object cannot live new words spondylosis, paronomasia, coprophilis, scoptolognia, kleptolagnia, tegument, corbels, ogees, insuperable, presbyopically, oche, charpoy, escritoire, pernickety, Boustrophedon, funambulist


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    Oh Morse what am I to do with you Again the crime plot was awesome and so cleverly constructed though to be fair while I found the previous books mostly clever this had a few instances where I felt it wasn t only clever but also jumping up and down yelling Look how clever I am and there aren t many authors who use red herrings as masterfully as Dexter does Morse also still makes a brilliantly flawed heroBut this book also had him say a few of the most cringeworthy sexist and rape apologet Oh Morse what am I to do with you Again the crime plot was awesome and so cleverly constructed though to be fair while I found the previous books mostly clever this had a few instances where I felt it wasn t only clever but also jumping up and down yelling Look how clever I am and there aren t many authors who use red herrings as masterfully as Dexter does Morse also still makes a brilliantly flawed heroBut this book also had him say a few of the most cringeworthy sexist and rape apologetic things I ever saw and if I d read them in a modern book that would immediately knock down the rating a lot However that book was written in 92 and sadly those attitudes probably weren t that unusual back then so again I am really on the fence just like with previous Morse novels I don t want to judge books too harshly for the time period they were written but it s somewhat impossible to ignore


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The Way Through The Woods CunningYour Imagination Will Be Frenetically Flapping Its Wings Until The Very Last Chapter THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDMorse Is Enjoying A Rare If Unsatisfying Holiday In Dorset When The First Letter Appears In THE TIMES A Year Before, A Stunning Swedish Student Disappeared From Oxfordshire, Leaving Behind A Rucksack With Her Identification As The Lady Was Dishy, Young, And Traveling Alone, The Thames Valley Police Suspected Foul Play But Without A Body, And With Precious Few Clues, The Investigation Ground To A Halt Now It Seems That Someone Who Can Hold Back No Longer Is Composing Clue Laden Poetry That Begins An Enthusiastic Correspondence Among England S News Reading Public Not One To Be Left Behind, Morse Writes A Letter Of His Own And Follows A Twisting Path Through The Wytham Woods That Leads To A Most Shocking Murder

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  • 320 pages
  • The Way Through The Woods
  • Colin Dexter
  • English
  • 25 March 2018
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About the Author: Colin Dexter

Norman Colin Dexter was an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novels.He started writing mysteries in 1972 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 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 1975 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 herrings.The success of the 33 episodes of the TV series Inspector Morse, produced between 1987 and 2001, 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 12 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 4 programme of that name in May 2008 Dexter and Housman were both classicists who found a popular audience for another genre of writing.Dexter has been the recipient of several Crime Writers Association awards two Silver Daggers for Service of All the Dead in 1979 and The Dead of Jericho in 1981 two Gold Daggers for The Wench is Dead in 1989 and The Way Through the Woods in 1992 and a Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 1997 In 1996 Dexter received a Macavity Award for his short story Evans Tries an O Level In 1980, he was elected a member of the by invitation only Detection Club.In 2000, Dexter was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature.From WikipediaSeries Inspector MorseAwards Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger 1979 Service of all the Dead 1981 The Dead of JerichoCrime Writers Association Gold Dagger 1989 The Wench is Dead 1992 The Way Through the Woods