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Author Colin Dexter (1930-2017)


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The British author Colin Dexter, who created the police detective and operaphile Inspector Morse, has died at the age of 86. Dexter passed away Tuesday at his home in the university town of Oxford, England, where the Morse tales take place.


Dexter's first of 13 Morse novels -- "Last Bus to Woodstock" -- was published in 1975. The character became the subject of a British television mystery series starring John Thaw as Morse and Kevin Whately as Detective Sergeant Lewis. Frequently shown in America by PBS affiliates, the series ran from 1987 to 2000. Thaw died of throat cancer in 2002.


The Morse series produced two spinoffs that also have aired on PBS stations in America. Whately headlined "Inspector Lewis" from 2006 to 2015. "Endeavour," a series about cases investigated by the young Morse in the 1960s, stars Shaun Evans. It began airing in 2012.


Endeavour was the inspector's seldom-used first name.



Dexter (right) with "Inspector Morse" stars Thaw and Whately



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