The Remorseful Day

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The Remorseful Day
Dexter - Remorseful Day.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorColin Dexter
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesInspector Morse series, #13
Genrecrime novel
Publication date
15 September 1999
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Preceded byDeath Is Now My Neighbour 

The Remorseful Day is a crime novel by Colin Dexter, the last novel in the Inspector Morse series.


The title derives from a line in the poem "XVI – (How clear, how lovely bright)", from More Poems, by A. E. Housman, a favourite poet of Dexter and Morse:

"Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground
Falls the remorseful day."


Morse tries to solve the unsolved murder of Yvonne Harrison, as his health deteriorates.

Harrison, a nurse, has inspired romantic attachment in Morse during an earlier (and separate) illness, and he has written to her about it. She is a sharer of her favours; recipients, including her daughter's lover, are serially suspect.

His superintendent has found Morse's letter among crime-scene evidence but has sequestered it.

Morse dies of acute myocardial infarction; his last words are "Thank Lewis for me."

Wagner's Parsifal accompanies the final scene.

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  • Bishop, David, The Complete Inspector Morse: From the Original Novels to the TV Series London: Reynolds & Hearn (2006) ISBN 1-905287-13-5