The Riddle of the Third Mile

ë The Riddle of the Third Mile ↠ Colin Dexter - The Riddle of the Third Mile, The Riddle of the Third Mile Inspector Morse isn t sure what to make of the truncated body found dumped in the Oxford Canal He suspects it may be all that s left of an elderly Oxford don last seen boarding a London train days bef ë The Riddle of the Third Mile ↠ Colin Dexter - The Riddle of the Third Mile, The Riddle of the Third Mile Inspector Morse isn t sure what to make of the truncated body found dumped in the Oxford Canal He suspects it may be all that s left of an elderly Oxford don last seen boarding a London train days bef

  • Title: The Riddle of the Third Mile
  • Author: Colin Dexter
  • ISBN: 9780330283922
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
The Riddle of the Third Mile

ë The Riddle of the Third Mile ↠ Colin Dexter, The Riddle of the Third Mile, Colin Dexter, The Riddle of the Third Mile Inspector Morse isn t sure what to make of the truncated body found dumped in the Oxford Canal He suspects it may be all that s left of an elderly Oxford don last seen boarding a London train days before ë The Riddle of the Third Mile ↠ Colin Dexter - The Riddle of the Third Mile, The Riddle of the Third Mile Inspector Morse isn t sure what to make of the truncated body found dumped in the Oxford Canal He suspects it may be all that s left of an elderly Oxford don last seen boarding a London train days bef

  • ë The Riddle of the Third Mile ↠ Colin Dexter
    371 Colin Dexter
The Riddle of the Third Mile

About “Colin Dexter

  • Colin Dexter

    Norman Colin Dexter was an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novels.He started writing mysteries in 1972 during a family holiday We were in a little guest house halfway between Caernarfon and Pwllheli It was a Saturday and it was raining it s not unknown for it to rain in North Wales The children were moaning I was sitting at the kitchen table with nothing else to do, and I wrote the first few paragraphs of a potential detective novel Last Bus to Woodstock was published in 1975 and introduced the world to the character of Inspector Morse, the irascible detective whose penchants for cryptic crosswords, English literature, cask ale and Wagner reflect Dexter s own enthusiasms Dexter s plots are notable for his use of false leads and other red herrings.The success of the 33 episodes of the TV series Inspector Morse, produced between 1987 and 2001, brought further acclaim for Dexter In the manner of Alfred Hitchcock, he also makes a cameo appearance in almost all episodes More recently, his character from the Morse series, the stalwart Sgt now Inspector Lewis features in 12 episodes of the new ITV series Lewis As with Morse, Dexter makes a cameo appearance in several episodes Dexter suggested the English poet A E Housman as his great life on the BBC Radio 4 programme of that name in May 2008 Dexter and Housman were both classicists who found a popular audience for another genre of writing.Dexter has been the recipient of several Crime Writers Association awards two Silver Daggers for Service of All the Dead in 1979 and The Dead of Jericho in 1981 two Gold Daggers for The Wench is Dead in 1989 and The Way Through the Woods in 1992 and a Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 1997 In 1996 Dexter received a Macavity Award for his short story Evans Tries an O Level In 1980, he was elected a member of the by invitation only Detection Club.In 2000, Dexter was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature.From Series Inspector MorseAwards Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger 1979 Service of all the Dead 1981 The Dead of JerichoCrime Writers Association Gold Dagger 1989 The Wench is Dead 1992 The Way Through the Woods



810 thoughts on “The Riddle of the Third Mile

  • The sixth book in the Inspector Morse series is, indeed, a riddle The author, Colin Dexter, also had a passion for crossword puzzles, and he s created here an intricate puzzle that ultimately borders on the convoluted The case involves an Oxford don named Browne Smith, a bachelor, who goes mysteriously missing after being lured to London by the promise of exotic sex Shortly thereafter, a body is pulled from a river The corpse is wearing a suit that belonged to Browne Smith, but it s missing its [...]


  • The Riddle of the Third Mileis the sixth book in Colin Dexter s Inspector Morse series It dates from 1983, and is not, I fear, one that will linger in the memory It is chiefly interesting for the back story it reveals about Morse himself, who is now 52 Most of chapter seven is devoted to Morse reminiscing, and an explanation is given following up hints from previous novels Yes, Morse had attended Oxford as a student He was an exemplary student and gained a first in Classical Moderations At that [...]


  • 5 hours 40 mins Read by Michael Pennington Description A dismembered body is fished out of the Oxford Canal only the torso remains and Morse and Sergeant Lewis are up to the challenge As if often the case, Oxford University is involved A don has disappeared, leaving about a plethora of clues It s the long and winding road down the halls of academe for the Thames Valley police and the trail bounces back and forth to London and some of its seedier spots The scenario seems set with an opening scene [...]


  • This one is so complex, you might have to read it twice My favorite quote can be found at the beginning of chapter 35 During the few minutes that Lewis was away, Morse was acutely conscious of the truth of the proposition that the wider the circle of knowledge, the greater the circumference of ignorance Turns out to be a most elegant adaptation of Albert Einstein s As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.


  • 3 1 2 stars I really enjoyed this 6th book in the Inspector Morse series, not just for the mystery but also because we get a bit background on Morse and Sgt Lewis has a much bigger role than in any of the previous books.


  • Morse a Master Detective, November 7, 2012 By Ellen Rappaport Florida This review is from The Riddle of the Third Mile Inspector Morse Mysteries Mass Market Paperback The Riddle of the Third Mile is my 3rd Inspector Morse mystery and absolutely not my last The creative genuis behind Morse is Colin Dexter, an author among authors.This mystery involves a family of 3 brothers John Gilbert being the youngest and the twins, Albert Alfred The story or first mile begins with the death of the youngest b [...]


  • I really like Dexter s writing style and the characters he creates This selection of the adventures of Inspector Morse provides background of Morse s origins and, for me , that s the best part of the book.The rest is a convoluted mess Body parts, various people who are part of the college and not part of the college and are the body parts and aren t the body parts and I just wanted to part with the whole thing Seems to me Dexter stretched hard to get this book to work There were many other ways [...]


  • This tale of a dismembered body found in a canal, and its links to three brothers in the Battle of El Alamein of World War II, is too thinly plotted to be truly pleasurable But Oxford educated Morse and proletarian Lewis are perfection together, men made happy by simple things booze, opera, crossword puzzles, and sexy ladies Morse stolid domesticity and those moments when he unexpectedly satisfies Morse in some way Lewis Each chapter is preceded by a charming epigraph In which we have a tantaliz [...]


  • So very clever, but Morse did a lot of making it up as he went along when it came to explaining who did what and why.I have to say as well, that I realised whose body it was they had fished out of the canal a couple of chapters before Morse revealed it.An Oxford Don goes missing, just before he is due to retire A man not particularly liked who goes to London one day and never comes back Morse is asked by the Master of Lonsdale College to try and find out what happened to Dr Browne Smith No one w [...]


  • This is my favorite Morse novel yet My book club is reading them in order and I think they have been getting better and better This one was a tricky one involving 4 different men and it was incredibly difficult to keep the men straight for me and Morse I didn t see the ending coming which is good in a mystery book I recommend it for Morse fans.


  • An otherwise excellent mystery, complete with a convoluted plot and great writing, with one big problem obscene content Though I wasn t expecting it to be squeaky clean, it really went overboard on the profanity and sexual references If such content bothers you, you should probably read something else.


  • I love Colin Dexter s writing and the character of Inspector Morse, but the plot of this novel was so convoluted that it seemed almost too complex for even Morse to sort out.Four stars, in spite of the plot, because it s Dexter and Morse.


  • Still don t really like Morse most of the time , but this was a really intriguing mystery, I enjoyed the way it was put together, even though I occasionally got lost about who was where.


  • Roundabout kind of way In a way, it s very old fashioned, if you know what I mean Bachelor detectives and oh so many clues here and there I m not that impressed with this book.


  • My first book of Colin Dexter s about his legendary detective Inspector Morse was one I chose basically completely at random from like, 3 or 4 in a bookstore Inspector Morse is asked to keep an eye on a missing college professor, and shortly thereafter a dismembered body turns up in a canal, and the body is wearing the professor s clothes Of course, it s complicated than it seems at first, and in fact, it turns out to be SUPREMELY complicated, which is my main gripe with it I might have just no [...]


  • Five stars There should be ever so many stars I ve read many, many Inspector Morse novels I mean really who doesn t love Morse For all his weaknesses and sometimes negativity he s just the most likable guy But this book I had never read And I was blown away Now I know how they were able to do the Endeavor series THIS is the book that gives you the background into Morse s prior life And a sharper look into the relationship between Morse and Lewis This book is written a bit differently than all t [...]


  • After seeing many Inspector Morse shows, I looked forward to reading one of Colin Dexter s books The Riddle of the Third Mile was an early book, and a disappointment The plot was confusing, Morse s character was rude and egotistical, and Lewis was adoring to a fault On the positive side, the language was often clever and incisive.It turns out Colin Dexter wrote later books as the TV series was being produced and molded his character to fit the TV interpretation John Thaw s character was egotisti [...]


  • 6 10, Cos cos il primo Colin Dexter che leggo e credo di non aver iniziato col piede giusto, mi dicono che gli altri sono meglio So che un esperto di enigmistica ma spero non incasini sempre le vicende in questo modo perch a forza di complicare le cose per vedere quanto siamo furbi, diventano poco credibili Le storie e anche le illuminazini del commissario pi intelligente della letteratura gialla Peraltro qui mi pare che view spoiler con almeno un morto la faccia troppo spiccia S , per chiudere [...]


  • My rating 2.5 This was written in a totally different style than the other Morse books I have read, and I really didn t like it as well The one thing it did have going for it is that we find our information about Morse s time at Oxford and why he left I really liked getting this information Even though Dexter seemed to have stumbled on this one, I enjoyed another episode in the Morse canon.


  • i enjoy these novels but have a hard time following the plot but he gives summaries along the way and reminds us of who was murdered and why it is a bit gruesome with the headless corpse with no hands and one leg they find the leg in the river etc.


  • The Riddle of the third mileExcellent sixth book by Colin Dexter I have watched every epoide of Inspector Morse and all the DVDs look forward to reading the next book by Colin Dexter



  • Convoluted murder mystery that begins with a limbless, headless, unidentifiable corpse, and an increasing list of possibilities for its identity.


  • I Love John Thaw BUTThis is my first Morse novel I just got three out of the library So glad I get to continue my secret love for E Morse.





  • 4 Stars I d say 3.5 if that option was available I m rounding up because it s Chief Inspector Morse Have you ever confronted a complicated plot I ll endeavour to decipher Suffice to say I felt under water from start to finish and, it appears, so did Sergeant Lewis The case relates to two long held animosities, with the central figure in each being Professor Browne Smith of Lonsdale College, Oxford Morse once had him for Greats during his less than illustrious university career When Morse is cal [...]



  • One of the wonderful things about crime novels writen than 20 odd years ago is that they had no DNA testing back then Of course it s a great thing for the real world but for crime stories it means that so many possibilities for great plotlines get ruined This book is just possible because there is a lot of confusion about the identity of one body Today it would be much easier to solve that problem or at least tell that the body was not a certain person which also would helped a lot but fortunat [...]


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