Inspector Morse Mysteries

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 466 ratings

Last Bus to Woodstock Summary

Last Bus to Woodstock is the novel that began Colin Dexter's phenomenally successful Inspector Morse series.

'Do you think I'm wasting your time, Lewis?'

Lewis was nobody's fool and was a man of some honesty and integrity.

'Yes, sir.'

An engaging smile crept across Morse's mouth. He thought they could get on well together....

The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail.

By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man - facing charges of willful murder, sexual assault and rape.

But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key....

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  • Book 1

    • Last Bus to Woodstock

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man - facing charges of willful murder, sexual assault and rape. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • No Case for Re-Morse

    • By Simon on 06-10-17

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  • Book 2

    • Last Seen Wearing

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth. After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold. Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narration

    • By Nick on 23-03-18

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  • Book 3

    • The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Morse had never ceased to wonder why, with the staggering advances in medical science, all pronouncements concerning times of death seemed so disconcertingly vague. The newly appointed member of the Oxford Examinations Syndicate was deaf, provincial and gifted. Now he is dead.... And his murder, in his north Oxford home, proves to be the start of a formidably labyrinthine case for Chief Inspector Morse, as he tries to track down the killer through the insular and bitchy world of the Oxford Colleges....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great reading of an absorbing story

    • By First Impressions on 19-02-18

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  • Book 4

    • Service of All the Dead

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    The sweet countenance of Reason greeted Morse serenely when he woke and told him that it would be no bad idea to have a quiet look at the problem itself before galloping off to a solution. Chief Inspector Morse was alone among the congregation in suspecting continued unrest in the quiet parish of St Frideswide's. Most people could still remember the churchwarden's murder. A few could still recall the murderer's suicide. Now even the police had closed the case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • “Beware of Anglo-Catholics”

    • By Mary Carnegie on 02-03-18

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  • Book 5

    • The Dead of Jericho

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Anne Scott's address was scribbled on a crumpled note in the pocket of Morse's smartest suit. He turned the corner of Canal Street, Jericho, on the afternoon of Wednesday, 3rd October. He hadn't planned a second visit. But he was back later the same day - as the officer in charge of a suicide investigation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well narrated, improves story

    • By Mary Carnegie on 03-03-18

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  • Book 6

    • The Riddle of the Third Mile

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    By the 16th of July, the Master of Lonsdale was concerned but not yet worried. Dr Browne-Smith had passed through the porter's lodge at approximately 8:15 a.m. on the morning of Friday, 11th July. And nobody had heard from him since. Plenty of time to disappear, thought Morse. And plenty of time, too, for someone to commit murder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the riddle of the thitd mile

    • By kay appleton on 28-05-18

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  • Book 7

    • The Secret of Annexe 3

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Chief Inspector Morse seldom allowed himself to be caught up in New Year celebrations. So the murder inquiry in the festive hotel had a certain appeal. It was a crime worthy of the season. The corpse was still in fancy dress. And hardly a single guest at the Haworth had registered under a genuine name....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Hogmanay masquerade without good will

    • By Mary Carnegie on 04-03-18

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  • Book 8

    • The Wench Is Dead

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 8
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    The body of Joanna Franks was found at Duke's Cut on the Oxford Canal at about 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 22nd June 1859. At around 10:15 a.m. on a Saturday morning in 1989, the body of Chief Inspector Morse - though very much alive - was removed to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. Treatment for a perforated ulcer was later pronounced successful.

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  • Book 9

    • The Jewel That Was Ours

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 9
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    For Oxford, the arrival of 27 American tourists is nothing out of the ordinary...until one of their number is found dead in Room 310 at the Randolph Hotel. It looks like a sudden - and tragic - accident. Only Chief Inspector Morse appears not to overlook the simultaneous theft of a jewel-encrusted antique from the victim's handbag.... Then, two days later, a naked and battered corpse is dragged from the River Cherwell. A coincidence? Maybe. But this time Morse is determined to prove the link....

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  • Book 10

    • The Way Through the Woods

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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. On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse is startled to read a tantalising article in The Times about the missing woman. An article which lures him back to Wytham Woods near Oxford...and straight into the most extraordinary murder investigation of his career.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Morse is irresistible to all females again

    • By Tambo on 07-05-18

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  • Book 11

    • The Daughters of Cain

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 11
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Chief Superintendent Strange's opinion was that too little progress had been made since the discovery of a corpse in a North Oxford flat. The victim had been killed by a single stab wound to the stomach. Yet the police had no weapon, no suspect, no motive. Within days of taking over the case Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life and death of Dr Felix McClure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • For lovers of beautiful language, beautifully read

    • By LINDA on 10-03-18

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  • Book 12

    • Death Is Now My Neighbour

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 12
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    The murder of a young woman... A cryptic 17th-century love poem... And a photograph of a mystery grey-haired man... More than enough to set Chief Inspector E. Morse on the trail of a killer. And it's a trail that leads him to Lonsdale College, where the contest between Julian Storrs and Dr Denis Cornford for the coveted position of Master is hotting up. But then Morse faces a greater, far more personal crisis....

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  • Book 13

    • The Remorseful Day

    • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 13
    • By: Colin Dexter
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    The murder of Yvonne Harrison had left Thames Valley CID baffled. A year after the dreadful crime they are still no nearer to making an arrest. But one man has yet to tackle the case - and it is just the sort of puzzle at which Chief Inspector Morse excels. So why is he adamant that he will not lead the re-investigation, despite the entreaties of Chief Superintendent Strange and dark hints of some new evidence? And why, if he refuses to take on the case officially, does he seem to be carrying out his own private enquiries?

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