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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 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)
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Last Bus to Woodstock 1,366 copies, 40 reviews
The Remorseful Day 1,364 copies, 18 reviews
Death Is Now My Neighbour 1,198 copies, 11 reviews
The Way Through the Woods 1,191 copies, 20 reviews
The Daughters of Cain 1,132 copies, 16 reviews
Last Seen Wearing 1,096 copies, 30 reviews
The Wench is Dead 1,084 copies, 23 reviews
The Dead of Jericho 976 copies, 16 reviews
The Jewel That Was Ours 958 copies, 25 reviews
Service of All the Dead 925 copies, 27 reviews
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn 916 copies, 28 reviews
The Riddle of the Third Mile 893 copies, 27 reviews
The Secret of Annexe 3 848 copies, 18 reviews
The Third Inspector Morse Omnibus 133 copies, 3 reviews
Cracking Cryptic Crosswords 19 copies, 1 review
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Scherzo 1 copy
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Farewell, My Lovely (Introduction, some editions) 4,189 copies, 98 reviews
Nightmare Town: Stories (Introduction, some editions) 533 copies, 9 reviews
Before the Fact (Introduction, some editions) 228 copies, 14 reviews
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The Detection Collection (Contributor) 70 copies, 6 reviews
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Inspector Morse 04: The Wolvercote Tongue [Videorecording] (Original characters) 8 copies, 1 review
Inspector Morse 12: Infernal Serpent [Videorecording] (Original characters) 8 copies, 2 reviews
Inspector Morse 14: Driven to Distraction [Videorecording] (Original characters) 7 copies, 1 review
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Inspector Morse 18: Who Killed Harry Field? [Videorecording] (Original characters) 4 copies, 1 review
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Inspector Morse 15: Masonic Mysteries [Videorecording] (Original characters) 4 copies, 1 review
Inspector Morse 17: Fat Chance [Videorecording] (Original characters) 4 copies, 1 review
Inspector Morse 27: The Day of the Devil [Videorecording] (Original characters) 3 copies, 1 review
Inspector Morse 26: Deadly Slumber [Videorecording] (Original characters) 3 copies, 1 review
Inspector Morse 24: Absolute Conviction [Videorecording] (Original characters) 3 copies, 1 review
Inspector Morse 16: Second Time Around [Videorecording] (Original characters) 3 copies, 1 review
Inspector Morse 23: The Death of the Self [Videorecording] (Original characters) 3 copies, 1 review
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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.
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