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Colin Dexter, Select Bibliography and Price Guide, Inspector Morse

Price guide, bibliography and publication timeline of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse novels. Book values for first editions and limited editions.

Colin Dexter (1930-2017) was a British writer best known for the "Morse" crime fiction series of books: Thirteen novels which were published between 1975 and 1999. He also wrote several non-fiction books and numerous short stories.

A spin-off from the book series was a long running ITV television show known as Inspector Morse: It featured thirty-three two hour episodes which enjoyed a huge following. The main character, Inspector Morse - as named in the title, was played by British actor John Thaw. He had originally found fame playing a very different type of police character, Jack Regan, in another ITV crime drama, The Sweeney. The Inspector Morse character, who's first name (Endeavour) was not revealed until the final book in the series, shared many of the characteristics of his creator: Both men had a passion for the classical music of Wagner, for cryptic crossword puzzles and for English literature.

The books were set in the beautiful English city of Oxford with all its charming architecture and a university renowned across the world. Indeed, Oxford University and its fictional scholars were often at the centre of Colin Dexter's plots, introducing an intellectual air to the crime novel, as the characters representing the forces of good sought to sift through the false leads and twists and turns served up in each story.


Colin Dexter Awards Timeline:

  • 1980 Elected a member of the Detection Club, an exclusive group of British mystery writers, membership being by invitation only
  • 1981 Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for The Dead of Jericho
  • 1989 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for The Wench Is Dead
  • 1992 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for The Way Through The Woods
  • 1997 Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement
  • 2001 Awarded Freedom of the City of Oxford
  • 2011 Awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Lincoln (Colin Dexter was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire)

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What's it Worth? Bibliography & Price Guide for Colin Dexter First & Special Editions


Unless stated otherwise, prices are for UK first and special editions, first printing, hardback books with dust jackets, both in fine condition.
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  • 1964 Liberal Studies: An Outline Course, a non-fiction set of two volumes published by Pergamon Press, written by 'N. C. Dexter' in collaboration with E.G. Rayner, 1st UK edition, £20
  • 1966 Guide to Contemporary Politics, a non fiction book published by Pergamon Press, written by 'N. C. Dexter' in collaboration with E.G. Rayner, 1st UK edition, £15
  • 1975 Last Bus to Woodstock, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the first Morse mystery, £950
  • 1976 Last Seen Wearing, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the second Morse mystery, £950
  • 1977 The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the third Morse mystery, considered the scarcest book in the series, £1,100
  • 1979 Service of All the Dead, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the forth Morse mystery, £250
  • 1981 The Dead of Jericho, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the fifth Morse mystery, £200
  • 1983 The Riddle Of the Third Mile, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the sixth Morse mystery, £175
  • 1986 The Secret of Annexe 3, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the seventh Morse mystery, £90
  • 1989 The Wench is Dead, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the eighth Morse mystery, £30
  • 1991 The Jewel That Was Ours, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the ninth Morse mystery, £15
    • The Jewel That Was Ours, a limited edition of 150 numbered and signed copies published by Scorpion Press, bound in marbled boards with red morocco spine, £130
    • The Jewel That Was Ours, a limited edition of 20 lettered and signed de luxe copies published by Scorpion Press, £375
  • 1992 The Way Through the Woods, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the tenth Morse mystery, £15
    • The Way Through the Woods, a limited edition of 150 numbered and signed copies published by Scorpion Press, bound in marbled boards with red morocco spine, £130
    • The Way Through the Woods, a limited edition of 20 lettered and signed de luxe copies published by Scorpion Press, £375
  • 1993 Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories, a collection of short stories published by Macmillan. 1st UK edition, £20
    • Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories, a limited edition of 99 numbered and signed copies published by Scorpion Press, bound in marbled boards with red morocco spine, £130
    • Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories, a limited edition of 20 lettered and signed de luxe copies published by Scorpion Press, £375
  • 1994 As Good As Gold, a collection of short stories published in paperback by Pan, commissioned by Kodak, £10
  • 1994 The Daughters of Cain, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the eleventh Morse mystery, £20
  • 1996 Death Is Now My Neighbour, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the twelfth Morse mystery, £18
  • 1999 The Remorseful Day, a novel published by Macmillan, 1st UK edition of the thirteenth and final Morse mystery, £18
  • 2006 Chambers Book of "Morse" Crosswords, published by Chambers in paperback, 1st UK edition, £12
  • 2009 Cracking Cryptic Crosswords, published by Offox Press in paperback, 1st UK edition, £12