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Last Seen Wearing

Colin Dexter



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25 June 2024
Last Seen Wearing is the second Inspector Morse novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series.

Why now? Why Friday 12th September - two years, three months and two days after Valerie Taylor had left home to return to afternoon school? He frowned. 'Something's turned up, I suppose.' Strange nodded. 'Yes.'

After leaving her home in Oxford to return to school in London, seventeen-year-old Valerie Taylor completely vanished. Despite the efforts of the police and Chief Inspector Ainley, the trail went cold and she was never found.

Two years on, Ainley is dead, and Inspector Morse is handed the case. But now, someone has decided to supply some surprising new evidence . . .

Last Seen Wearing is followed by the third Inspector Morse book, The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn.

Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   250g
ISBN:   9781035005390
ISBN 10:   1035005395
Pages:   368
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Colin Dexter graduated from Cambridge University in 1953 and moved to Oxford in 1966, where he lived until his death in 2017. His first novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975. There are now thirteen novels in the series, of which The Remorseful Day is, sadly, the last. He won many awards for his novels, including the CWA Silver Dagger twice, and the CWA Gold Dagger for The Wench is Dead and The Way Through the Woods. In 1997 he was presented with the CWA Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature, and in 2000 was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The Inspector Morse novels have been adapted for the small screen with huge success by Carlton/Central Television, starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately. Spin-offs from Dexter’s much-loved novels also include the popular series, Lewis, featuring Morse’s former sergeant, Robbie Lewis, and Endeavour, a prequel starring the young Endeavour Morse.

Reviews for Last Seen Wearing

Traditional crime writing at its best; the kind of book without which no armchair is complete * Sunday Times * No one constructs a whodunit with more fiendish skill than Colin Dexter * Guardian * Dexter has created a giant among fictional detectives * The Times * The writing is highly intelligent, the atmosphere melancholy, the effect haunting * Daily Telegraph * [Morse is] the most prickly, conceited and genuinely brilliant detective since Hercule Poirot * New York Times Book Review *

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