The Remorseful Day Book Summary and Study Guide

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In "The Remorseful Day," author Colin Dexter writes an epitaph for his very successful Inspector Morse series and he does so with great class. It is no secret that this is the last of the series and Dexter goes back to a previous time and case to lay the foundation for this story. A year ago, Yvonne Harrison was found murdered, yet no conviction was made. Morse was involved in this case and when it is re-opened, he is most reluctant to get involved, but involved he is and the investigation begins anew. With great dexterity, the author brings us to a final conclusion of not only this case but of the inimitable Morse himself. It is a great validictory and Morse fans will not want to miss this one.   
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The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

This is the last in a series of books by C. Dexter with E. Morse as his Detector Inspector. References to Oxford, murders set in Oxford usually. More cerebral than blood & guts mystery.Always wonderfully written and very satisfying. Sorry this was his last book as I came to really like E. Morse. Would recommend all the books by this author.
The review of this Book prepared by Linda Callender

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   hanging    -   rough sex    -   drowned    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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