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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin Dexter Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Morse Mysteries Release Date:
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Little progress had been made by the Thames Valley Police since the discovery of a corpse in a North Oxford flat. The police had no weapon, no suspect, and no motive. But within days of taking over the investigation, Chief Inspector Morse and Detective Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life and death of the victim, Dr. Felix McClure, late of Wolsey College, Oxford.

The trail leads to a staircase in Wolsey College and a former “scout” there, one Edward Brooks, who disappears following the theft of a knife from the Pitt Rivers Museum. When another body is discovered, Morse suddenly finds himself with too many suspects, including Brooks’ wife, a prostitute, and an enigmatic schoolmistress. Attracted to one of the possible killers, the chief inspector may be too involved for success.

It will take much thought, many pints, and not a little anguish before Morse sees the connection between McClure’s death and the daughters of Cain.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Audacious and amusing…May be the best book yet in this deservedly celebrated series.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Very cleverly constructed…Dexter writes with an urbanity and range of reference that is all his own.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Dexter is fiendishly adept at the literary aside…He is a masterful crime writer whom few others match.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Frederick Davidson captures perfectly the inspector’s soul, as well as delivering excellent portrayals of the jaunty Sergeant Lewis, the vicious Ted Brooks, and a host of suspects. Davidson, a favorite reader at Blackstone, has found his métier in the dramatization of Dexter’s contemplative detective stories. This one is excellent and is ideal on audio.”


  • “Intelligent and compelling…Morse is an intriguingly complex character, a mixture of gruffness, sentimentality, and intuitive brilliance, while his gentle, steadfast companion, Lewis, is a perfect foil for Morse’s prickliness…Doubtless his most engrossing adventure to date.”


  • “Inimitably cantankerous Chief Inspector Morse—in his eleventh stint—takes over a case that seems utterly straightforward…Dexter offers a painfully focused inquisition on…three remarkable women, showing again through his versatility and concentration why the death of Julian Symons has left him the foremost exponent of the old-fashioned (but new-minted) British detective story.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Davidson captures Morse’s personality and horse voice perfectly. He reads Dexter’s sarcastic, witty prose with just the right sneering tone and easily differentiates all characters, even in faced paced, complex conversations…I had already read this and found listening much more entertaining; I was amazed at how much I’d missed in reading.” 


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award in 1995

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 2/19/2014

    " I liked the interactions between Lewis and Morse in this one. I'm sad that there are only two more books left in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nathan Willard | 2/15/2014

    " Morse and Lewis again. I should really check the timeline of the Morse books, given that he ages over the years and that Dexter seems to be giving him more of a past as he approaches the end of his life (notably, this book explains a reference that seemed of great import in Death is Now My Neighbor). But. Smaller than usual proliferation of bodies for an Inspector Morse book, as much or more of the wanton woman line. Certain details were somewhat obscure and convoluted, and a few of the hypotheses seemed to just hang in the air despite no corroborating evidence. Perhaps it's good that Morse doesn't quite figure things out as he approaches his pension, but it was a bit frustrating for the reader. And, again with the narrator talking about himself. Stay in the third person, omniscient narrator! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bonnie | 2/14/2014

    " This the next to beswt in the series following The Remorseful Day. The humor is wonderful and he has the perfect quotation for each chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/9/2014

    " clever, as usual. Guy's a little spooky. "

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