Riddle of the Third Mile

Narrated by: Kevin Whately
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The thought suddenly occurred to Morse that this would be a marvellous time to murder a few of the doddery old bachelor dons. No wives to worry about their whereabouts; no landladies to whine about the unpaid rents. In fact nobody would miss most of them at all.

By the 16th of July the Master of Lonsdale was concerned, but not yet worried.

Dr Browne-Smith had passed through the porter's lodge at approximately 8.15am on the morning of Friday, the 11th of July. And nobody had heard from him since.

Plenty of time to disappear, thought Morse. And plenty of time, too, for someone to commit murder.

© Colin Dexter; (P)Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"[Morse is] the most prickly, conceited, and genuinely brilliant detective since Hercule Poirot." (The New York Times Book Review)
"[Dexter] is a magician with character, story construction, and the English language....Colin Dexter and Morse are treasures of the genre." (Mystery News)
"It is a delight to watch this brilliant, quirky man deduce." (Minneapolis Star & Tribune)

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Not working can't hear the story

Hopefully they will replace the credit. Not working. I can hear about two minutes and then it shuts off.

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Like jigsaws?

All plot, very little character, no depth at all. But an intricate plot that ties together neatly at the end.

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Morse is the best

What does Kevin Whately bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Whately is a good reader. Having one of the stars of the TV series read these stories gives it a special quality.

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  • Juanita Fogarty
  • 07-15-17

A new Inspector Morse book foe me

I had never read this Morse and very much enjoyed Kevin Whately's performance of it which gave the story life. It was adapted for television as 'The Last Enemy' but with substantial differences so that both versions can be experienced separately without any disappointments.

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  • Linda
  • 07-01-16

Lewis as Morse

Loved this tale and recognised the TV episode (though not called the same). Great having Kevin Whately's narration who even sounded a tad like John Thaw, no doubt having worked with him for so many years. I did have to rewind an odd time to get the characters or events clear. But a truly good listen.