I was a huge fan of the books before I even knew about the show. Probably the only instance of a show improving on the original source material I can think of. I loved Morse! He didn't suffer fools, he was a straight shooter, didn't care what people thought about him and he solved crimes! He had joys in his life: The Archers, opera and crosswords. And although he wasn't part of a couple, I never, ever thought of him as lonely. Here's to Morse, a life well-lived!