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The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter

The Wench is Dead (original 1989; edition 1998)

by Colin Dexter

Series: Morse (8)

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Title:The Wench is Dead
Authors:Colin Dexter
Info:Pan Books (1998), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, read in 2013

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The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter (1989)

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    The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (Cynara)
    Cynara: Two hospitalised detectives work through historical mysteries, investigating from their cots. Tey's is the more famous work, and will give you a good education on the ins and outs of the rehabilitation of Richard III, but to my mind, Dexter's book is better.

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Do not really know what to make of this. This is an unusual Inspector Morse story because he is investigating a murder which happened in 1860 as a diversion whilst in hospital. I found some of the conclusions he came to rather flimsy based on the evidence available. The story was mildly interesting but not one of his best. ( )
  Hanneri | May 24, 2017 |
Diverso dai precedenti Ispettore Morse ma non meno bello e godibile. Il mistero si è svolto nel passato, ma non per questo Morse demorde, deve mettere tutti i pezzi del puzzle al loro posto altrimenti non è soddisfatto e l'inquietudine lo tortura. Non vedo l'ora di leggere il prossimo, corro in biblioteca! :) ( )
  LdiBi | Oct 24, 2015 |
I'd seen the slightly changed TV adaption so I knew what was coming but still found this a highly enjoyable read. Morse looks into and perhaps solves a hundred plus year old crime while in the hospital for an ulcer and manages to sweet talk several women along the way. Your usual Morse fare and well done.
  amyem58 | Jan 3, 2015 |
Similar to Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time in concept. I found this entry of the Morse series to be more enjoyable than the previous couple of books. Less convoluted while maintaining the mystery. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 19, 2014 |
The book begins with poor Morse in the hospital suffering from a bleeding ulcer and enlarged liver, the result of all those pints. It's so different from the usual Morse in command; now he's forced to undergo the indignities of the hospital and completely at the mercy of others. He is given a copy of a book detailing the results of the murder of Joanna Franks who had been raped and murdered in 1859. The perpetrators had been arrested and hung. With nothing better to do, Morse reads the book but soon begins to have doubts about the original prosecution. So we have a book within a book. Soon Morse is deep into locating materials from the original investigation.

There are some really charming scenes. Lewis brings Morse a soft-porn novel, The Blue Ticket, a paperback with a titillating cover. One night, after waking up following lights out, he notices that the officious nurse who runs the ward is absent, and he turns his light on -- what harm could it do -- to read this little erotic diversion. Nurse "Cratchett" catches him at it, chastises him for turning the light on and then notices the cover of the book.

Needless to say, Morse solves the century-old crime, much to his satisfaction. The usual excellent language is present. Delightful. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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Thou hast committed - Fornication; but that was in another country, And besides, the wench is dead (Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta)
For Harry Judge, lover of canals, who introduced me to The Murder of Christine Collins, a fascinating account of an early Victorian murder, by John Godwin. To both I am deeply indebted. (Copies of John Godwin's publication are obtainable through the Divisional Librarian, Stafford Borouggh Library.)
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In 1856 the body of Joanna Franks was found at Duke's Cut on the Oxford canal. In 1989 Inspector Morse is taken to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital with a perforated ulcer. As Morse begins his recovery he comes across an account of the investigation of Joanna's death and subsequent murder trial.

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The body of Joanna Franks was found at Duke's Cut on the Oxford Canal on 22nd June 1859. As Inspector Morse is recovering from a perforated ulcer he discovers an account of the 140 year old investigation & is convinced that two innocent men were hanged. Originally published: London: Macmillan, 1989.… (more)

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