Search Results: "Colin Dexter"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS by Colin Dexter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1993

"Bolt the door and enjoy."
Vacationing Chief Inspector Morse's eye is caught by a Times story about an anonymous poem evidently referring to the year-old disappearance of Swedish student Karin Eriksson. Read full book review >

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MORSE'S GREATEST MYSTERY by Colin Dexter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Old fans of Morse and Dexter will devour this batch at a single gobble."
Eleven stories, including six featuring irascible, imposingly well-read Inspector Morse. Read full book review >

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THE JEWEL THAT WAS OURS by Colin Dexter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Less impressive than the eight previous Morse stories, and far less adroit than Dexter's handling of The Wench is Dead."
For Dexter, a decidedly conventional outing, this one involving an American tour group and their Oxford guides and Inspector Morse's investigation into who among them pilfered the Wolvercote Jewel, a Saxon buckle that Mrs. Laura Stratton was planning on presenting to the Ashmolean Museum. Read full book review >

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THE REMORSEFUL DAY by Colin Dexter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Morse is laid to rest gracefully, though many a reader will join Lewis in his tearful farewell to one of the most original, endearing, and consistently rewarding detective series."
Dexter (Death is Now My Neighbor, 1997, etc.) draws a brilliantly realized series to a close by relying on the irascible Morse's extraordinary —capacity of thinking laterally, vertically, and diagonally.— This time, though, Morse seems reluctant to get involved in the unsolved year-old murder of 50-ish promiscuous nurse Yvonne Hamilton. Read full book review >

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DEATH IS NOW MY NEIGHBOR by Colin Dexter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1997

"Alert fans will even work out Morse's first name. (Author tour)"
The ferocious intelligence that always blazes out of Dexter's Oxford mysteries makes Lonsdale College, where two ambitious candidates are jockeying to replace the retiring Master, a logical focus for this one. Read full book review >

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THE DAUGHTERS OF CAIN by Colin Dexter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

Inimitably cantankerous Chief Inspector Morse—in his 11th stint—takes over a case that seems utterly straightforward (though it baffled the colleague he relieved): the murder of a retired Oxford historian who found out too much about the drug- related suicide of one of his neighbors in Wolsey College. Read full book review >

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MAZEMAKER by Catherine Dexter
Released: April 18, 1989

Her mother and stepfather are preoccupied with a new baby, and there's nowhere to play in her crowded, graffiti-marked neighborhood, so Winnie (12) is at loose ends—till a mysterious maze appears outlined on a local playground/teen-hangout and she observes a cat disappear at its center. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ERROR OF JUDGMENT by Dexter Dias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1996

"An even more feverish follow-up to Dias's memorably unpleasant debut (False Witness, 1995), with a particularly nasty series of surprises that don't get sprung till you're convinced you already know the absolute worst about everybody involved."
How's this for an impossible case: Barrister Nick Downes has been assigned the defense of the nameless amnesiac (he turns out to be poet and painter Will Turner) who was caught in a Vice sweep of a Queensway brothel shortly after he told the lady-in- charge that he'd buried a body in a chalk pit in Kent. Read full book review >

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THE PAPERBOY by Pete Dexter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A big story laid out in a workmanlike manner, but thematically fickle."
Since winning the National Book Award in 1988 for Paris Trout, Dexter (Brotherly Love, 1991, etc.) has tried, without success, to recapture that novel's intensity. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA by Alison Dexter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

"A fresh look at a perennial theme. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From a new British illustrator, a cheery intergenerational good time. Read full book review >

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DRIVING LESSONS by Catherine Dexter
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Beautifully written, thoroughly engaging, and very believable. (Fiction. YA)"
Mattie Lewis, 14, has been banished to South Dakota for the summer in a story that perfectly captures the voice, the thoughts, and the personality of an unhappy teenager. Read full book review >

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THE GILDED CAT by Catherine Dexter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 1992

"An intriguing, if uneven, ghost story from the author of The Oracle Doll (1985). (Fiction. 11-14)"
A small, catlike figurine that Maggie picks up at a Boston yard sale turns out to be the mummy of a Pharaoh's prized pet—and the Pharaoh wants it back. Read full book review >