Morse suspects she was pregnant and that she had been sent off for an abortion. So Valerie remains as tantalizingly elusive as ever. To see what your friends thought of this book, My take on the ending is as follows. I'm DNFing in. A mysterious letter arrives apparently from Valerie, but Morse is convinced Valerie must be dead and tries to find out what happened on the day she disappeared. Morse discovers something, and they do not tell us what it is; he receives a disclosure by phone, or by mail, and we can not know what is about; he or Lewis has an idea, but we have to read many more pages to understand it. Morse suspects she was pregnant and that she had been sent off for an abortion. Plot meanders along to a wishy washy ending......hugely disappointing. But newly-anointed Chief Superintendent Strange is adamant — Morse, Oh dear. This is a very good book that unravels the efforts it can actually take to get to the conclusion of a mystery. Most of his fanciful notions about the Taylor girl had evaporated and he had begun to suspect that further investigation into Valerie's disappearance would involve little more than sober and tedious routine . He just has the occasional (and often unexplained) flashes of insight. Inspector Morse is sure she's dead. .Last Seen Wearing is followed by the third Inspector Morse book, The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn. Last Seen Wearing is the second novel in Colin Dexter's Oxford-set detective series. Valerie/Mrs Acum killed Baines to protect/revenge her mother (Sheila) from Baines blackmail. While there are nostalgic moments - the typewriters, the Belisha crossings, the football coupon - there are sharper and more difficult voices from the past. Freshman Marilyn Lowell Mitchell disappears after morning classes one day. A man, later known to be Donald Phillipson, goes for an interview in Oxford for the job of headmaster of a school, later known to be the Roger Bacon Comprehensive School in Oxford. It starred John Shrapnel as Morse and Robert Glenister as Lewis, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Last_Seen_Wearing_(Dexter_novel)&oldid=970805499, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 August 2020, at 14:26. I have had exactly the same experience with Book 2. Part of the charm of these books, I suppose is that Morse is fallible, that the truth is difficult to discern and it's a messy process along the way. Seventeen and very well-developed, Valerie had a taste for older men and after her parents reported her missing, Valerie was never seen again and her body was never found. Most of his fanciful notions about the Taylor girl had evaporated and he had begun to suspect that further investigation into Valerie's disappearance would involve little more than sober and tedious routine . Plot Edit. Norman Colin Dexter was an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novels. This book no. I had been re-reading all of the books that are on kindle and Colin Dexter died with 2 days reading left in this book, So Sad. 3.5, I'm persevering to see if the later ones improve as these early ones are very of their time, great stories as you would expect but the permeating sexism makes them difficult to read at times. Last Seen Wearing is a crime novel by Colin Dexter, the second novel in the Inspector Morse series. . Previous Inspector Ainley has a few crumbs to go on but died in a car wreck. A letter arrives apparently from Valerie, but Morse is convinced Valerie must be dead and tries to find out what happened on the day she disappeared. The detective working the case concluded she had run away with a man, but now that detective is dead. Morse also suspects Acum’s wife, but rejects this when he discovers she is living in North Wales and does not drive. (The first I read was actually the 10th, I think. A letter arrives apparently from Valerie, but Morse is convinced Valerie must be dead and tries to find out what happened on the day she disappeared. She had gone home from school for lunch that day, and was apparently last seen on her return journey by a lollipop man (street crossing guard), carrying a bag and wearing her distinctive school blouse and red socks. However, every time he thinks he has come close to solving the case, something happens to up-end all his suppositions. Deadends. Suspicions are raised, and Morse is assigned the case. If there's one thing that annoys me about detective novels, its that the detectve always seems to get things right, they are never wrong. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published The plot thickens when Reginald Baines, another teacher at the school, is found murdered at his house near Oxford Station. (The first I read was actually the 10th, I think. Morse is assigned an old missing persons case, and he is quite peeved. This book no. Morse and Lewis investigate the disappearance of teenager Valerie Craven who vanished some six months previously while walking home from her exclusive girls school. Another great Inspector Morse mystery... great mix of characters and plot with some unexpected red herrings thrown in for good measure. Laughed out loud when Morse corrects Lewis's grammar mistakes when reading up on Lewis theory, he had written while he was ill in bed!re-read June 2015. Share this book with your friends and family. Last Seen Wearing is a crime novel by Colin Dexter, the second novel in the Inspector Morse series. Morse is the third detective assigned to the case and is convinced that the girl is by now dead. . Along with Sergeant Lewis the two slowly try to find the missing pieces and Valerie Taylor dead or alive. She had gone home from school for lunch that day, and was apparently last seen on her return journey by a lollipop man (street crossing guard), carrying a bag and wearing her distinctive school blouse and red socks. There is as always a wonderful script, and some excellent camera-work. Find trailers, reviews, synopsis, awards and cast information for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour : Last Seen Wearing Blue Jeans (1963) - Alan Crosland, Alan Crosland Jr. on AllMovie - While on a driving tour of America with her… Directed by Edward Bennett. "It's just not my sort of case, Lewis. This was a very enjoyable read again. Two years after that Inspector Morse picks up the case following a road accident in which Chief Inspector Ainley, who had been investigating the mystery, was killed. At the bus stop a girl gets into conversation with him and later seduces him. Morris begins like he does with crossword puzz. 2 is about a missing persons case regarding the disappearance of Valerie Taylor, a pupil of Roger Bacon School in Oxford.