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Colin Dexter (1930–2017)

Autor(a) de Last Bus to Woodstock

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About the Author

Norman Colin Dexter was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England on September 29, 1930. He received a bachelor's degree in classics in 1953 and a master's degree in 1958 at from Christ's College, Cambridge University. He taught classics for many years, but growing deafness forced him to retire in mostrar mais 1966. For the next two decades, he was the senior assistant secretary at the Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations. He retired in 1988 to become a full-time writer. He was best known for creating the character Chief Inspector Morse. The Inspector Morse series began in 1975 with Last Bus to Woodstock and ended in 1999 with The Remorseful Day. The books were adapted into the television series Inspector Morse, which ran from 1987 to 2000. Dexter won the British Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award for The Wench is Dead in 1989 and again in 1992 for The Way Through the Woods. He received the organization's lifetime achievement award, the Diamond Dagger, in 1997. He also wrote Cracking Cryptic Crosswords: A Guide to Solving Cryptic Crosswords in 2010. He died on March 21, 2017 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Colin Dexter

Last Bus to Woodstock (1975) 1,453 exemplares
The Remorseful Day (1999) 1,440 exemplares
Death is Now My Neighbour (1996) 1,266 exemplares
The Way Through the Woods (1992) 1,242 exemplares
The Daughters of Cain (1994) 1,197 exemplares
Last Seen Wearing (1976) 1,148 exemplares
The Wench is Dead (1989) 1,137 exemplares
The Dead of Jericho (1981) 1,035 exemplares
The Jewel That Was Ours (1991) 1,014 exemplares
Service of All the Dead (1979) 988 exemplares
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (1977) 973 exemplares
The Riddle of the Third Mile (1983) 947 exemplares
The Secret of Annexe 3 (1986) 899 exemplares
The First Inspector Morse Omnibus (1977) 229 exemplares
The Second Inspector Morse Omnibus (1900) 167 exemplares
The Third Inspector Morse Omnibus (1991) 143 exemplares
Cracking Cryptic Crosswords (2009) 21 exemplares
Chambers Morse Crosswords (2006) 16 exemplares
75 Years of 'The Times' Crossword (2005) 13 exemplares
The Inside Story (1993) 10 exemplares
Último autobús a Woodstock (2023) 2 exemplares
Guide to contemporary politics (1966) 2 exemplares
Neighbourhood watch (1993) 2 exemplares
The Burglar - story (1994) 2 exemplares
A Case of Mis-Identity (1998) 2 exemplares
Striker 1 exemplar
Scherzo 1 exemplar
Terminus 1 exemplar
Promised Land 1 exemplar
Dernier bus pour Woodstock (2020) 1 exemplar
Moordvakanties 1 exemplar
Dead as a Dodo 1 exemplar
Monty's Revolver 1 exemplar
Clued Up [short story] (2009) 1 exemplar
Last Call 1 exemplar
The Carpet-Bagger 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Farewell, My Lovely (1940) — Introdução, algumas edições4,436 exemplares
Nightmare Town: Stories (1999) — Introdução, algumas edições562 exemplares
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Contribuidor — 265 exemplares
Before the Fact (1931) — Introdução, algumas edições243 exemplares
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Contribuidor — 130 exemplares
The Best British Mysteries 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
The Folio Book of Christmas Crime Stories (2004) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
The Detection Collection (2005) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (2008) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
The Oxford of Inspector Morse (2004) — Prefácio, algumas edições45 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7 (2010) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Lion's Mane (1926) — Introdução, algumas edições32 exemplares
The Best British Mysteries 4 (2006) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Classic Detective Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Verdict of Us All (2006) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Inspector Morse 12: Infernal Serpent [Videorecording] (2002) — Original characters — 11 exemplares
Inspector Morse 01: The Dead of Jericho [Videorecording] (1987) — Original Story — 11 exemplares
Inspector Morse 14: Driven to Distraction [Videorecording] (1994) — Original characters — 10 exemplares
Inspector Morse 03: Service of All the Dead [Videorecording] (1992) — Original Story — 10 exemplares
Inspector Morse 04: The Wolvercote Tongue [Videorecording] (1992) — Original characters — 9 exemplares
Inspector Morse 30: The Daughters of Cain [Videorecording] (2003) — Original Story — 9 exemplares
Inspector Morse 10: Deceived by Flight [Videorecording] (2002) — Original characters — 9 exemplares
Inspector Morse 09: The Last Enemy [Videorecording] (2002) — Original characters — 9 exemplares
Inspector Morse 33: The Remorseful Day [Videorecording] (2000) — Original Story — 9 exemplares
Inspector Morse 11: Secret of Bay 5B [Videorecording] (2002) — Original characters — 8 exemplares
Inspector Morse 13: The Sins of the Fathers [Videorecording] (1990) — Original characters — 7 exemplares
Inspector Morse 05: Last Seen Wearing [Videorecording] (1987) — Original Story — 7 exemplares
Inspector Morse 20: Promised Land [Videorecording] (1991) — Original characters — 6 exemplares
Inspector Morse 32: The Wench Is Dead [Videorecording] (2003) — Original Story — 6 exemplares
Inspector Morse 31: Death Is Now My Neighbour [Videorecording] (1998) — Original Story — 6 exemplares
Winter's Crimes 24 (1992) 6 exemplares
Winter's Crimes 13 (1981) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Inspector Morse 22: Happy Families [Videorecording] (2003) — Original characters — 6 exemplares
Inspector Morse 15: Masonic Mysteries [Videorecording] (2004) — Original characters — 6 exemplares
Inspector Morse 17: Fat Chance [Videorecording] (1991) — Original characters — 6 exemplares
Winter's Crimes 9 (1977) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Inspector Morse 28: Twilight of the Gods [Videorecording] (2003) — Original characters — 5 exemplares
Inspector Morse 16: Second Time Around [Videorecording] — Original characters — 5 exemplares
Inspector Morse 18: Who Killed Harry Field? [Videorecording] (2003) — Original characters — 5 exemplares
Inspector Morse 25: Cherubim & Seraphim [Videorecording] (2003) — Original characters — 5 exemplares
Winter's Crimes 21 (1989) 5 exemplares
Inspector Morse 24: Absolute Conviction [Videorecording] (2003) — Original characters — 5 exemplares
Inspector Morse 27: The Day of the Devil [Videorecording] — Original characters — 4 exemplares
Inspector Morse 29: The Way Through the Woods [Videorecording] (2003) — Original Story — 4 exemplares
Inspector Morse 26: Deadly Slumber [Videorecording] (2003) — Original characters — 4 exemplares
Inspector Morse 23: The Death of the Self [Videorecording] (2003) — Original characters — 4 exemplares
Inspector Morse: Dead on Time - Collection Set [Episodes 18-23] (2005) — Original characters — 4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Dexter, Norman Colin
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Bluecoat Junior School
Stamford School
University of Cambridge (Christ's College)
Assistant Classics Master (Wyggeston School)
Senior Classics Master (Corby Grammar School)
Senior Assistant Secretary (University of Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations)
short-story writer
Crime Writers' Association
Prémios e menções honrosas
Cartier Diamond Dagger 1997

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Colin Dexter began his career as a teacher of Greek and Latin, but increasing deafness made him give it up. He took a job with the Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations in Summertown, and moved there with his wife Dorothy (nee Cooper) in 1966. Before beginning to write fiction, he produced general studies textbooks. A wet summer vacation in North Wales with two complaining children and nothing to do gave him the impetus to write his first detective story. It took a while for the Morse novels to gain popularity, which made Dexter keep his day job for 22 years until he retired. He won the coveted gold dagger from the Crime Writers Association for best crime novel of the year more than once, and several runners-up silver daggers. The Morse novels were adapted as a highly-successful British television series called Inspector Morse, which ran from 1987 to 2000.



Chat em Book Discussion : Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter (Abril 2017)


In this penultimate book in the Inspector Morse series, Morse and Lewis investigate the seemingly motiveless murder of a young woman, shot through the blind-covered window of her kitchen by an intruder who came down the back alley behind the houses. Of course, it is Morse who realises eventually that it could have been a case of mistaken identity due to the house numbering.

Morse has a serious health issue which develops in this story but which, in his usual curmudgeonly fashion he tries to ignore as best as he can. He comes up with a number of theories as to who the murderer is, especially when another occurs, and with how it relates to a contest at Lonsdale College where two men and their wives are rivals for the position of the next Master. I'm not sure though that the character of the Master as portrayed, although sickening to Morse, is as obviously nasty as in the TV adaptation which I still remember some years after last viewing it.

There is a foreshadowing of the final novel here and an air of sadness especially over the fate of the young wife of one of the characters. But there is some nice interplay with subtle humour between the two detectives and once again Lewis' long suffering nature is to the fore. Morse finally reveals the secret of his first name in this volume, which was a long kept secret at the time. All in all, a solid and page turning 3 star read.
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kitsune_reader | 12 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
As a fan of the TV series starring John Thaw I had hoped to enjoy this novel more than I did. I realised after buying it that it is late in the set of novels and therefore Morse is in decline, accelerating the process by being unable to give up smoking and drinking despite having to spend a few days in hospital due to an exacerbated chest infection. The plot is rather convoluted featuring two murders, one leading on from another, and with one of the victims being so unlikeable that you end up rooting for the murderers to get away with it.

Structurally the author's erudition is on display with apposite quotations heading up each of the chapters. I found the old style of narrative where there is an omniscient author who occasionally intrudes very obviously into the text, together with the constant head hopping whereby we are told what every character in a scene is thinking, rather off putting. Also Morse is made rather unlikeable himself in this novel with even Lewis looking askance at him at one point. Afterwards I viewed the TV adaptation and found it had been considerably streamlined and the whole subplot of Morse's ill health and decline towards a projected retirement in a couple of years omitted. Of course there are a lot more episodes than novels so the character could not be killed off so quickly on TV. On the whole though, some of the more questionable and unconvincing parts of the novel such as Morse's reciprocated and unrequited love with the prostitute daughter of one character were well advisedly excised from the TV version with no loss as far as I was concerned. All in all, I would rate this at 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 16 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
On staycation, Morse comes across the solved case of the murder of a churchwarden followed a few days later by the suicide of the Vicar of St. Frideswide's, assumed to be the murderer, but he feels something isn't right.

The trouble is that although I like Oxford setting and the fiendishly clever puzzles in these books, I've come to realise that despite the occasional flashes of erudition I don't actually like Morse himself very much. Yes, this is the 1970s but the spectacle of a middle-aged man who acts like a teenager who has just discovered the top shelf at the newsagent's is just too depressing.… (mais)
Robertgreaves | 28 outras críticas | Sep 15, 2023 |
Nicholas Quinn, a member of the Oxford Foreign Examinations Syndicate, who is almost totally deaf but a very talented lip reader, is found murdered at his home. Morse and Lewis investigate.

I enjoy these stories, and there was a good twist at the end, but I wish Hathaway was involved.
Robertgreaves | 28 outras críticas | Sep 14, 2023 |



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