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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,044 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin Dexter Narrator: Kevin Whately Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
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The body of Joanna Franks was found at Duke's Cut on the Oxford Canal at about 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 22nd June 1859. At around 10.15 a.m. on a Saturday morning in 1989, the body of Chief Inspector Morse, though very much alive, was removed to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. Treatment for a perforated ulcer was later pronounced successful. As Morse begins his recovery, he comes across an account of the investigation and trial that followed Joanna Frank's death...and becomes convinced that the two men hanged for her murder were innocent. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Jem | 2/16/2014

    " Reginald Hill may not be the best narrator, but I sure do enjoy his Inspector Morse series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Nail | 2/2/2014

    " Not as exciting as I was hoping. On to the next. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie D'ghent | 1/31/2014

    " A book within a book that is admittedly pornographic. I'll pass. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/22/2014

    " this book is so well written that I struggled through it but the plot was so boring it was a hard task. I do want to try other Inspector Morse novels, I got the sense from this one that the others are probably pretty good. This one was kind of dreary and inconclusive. It reminded me a little of Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time: While in the hospital recovering from a severe ulcer attack, Morse begins reading a dull history book given him by his hospital roommate. The roommate dies in the first few chapters (conveniently if unfortunately) but Morse becomes fascinated by the mystery in the book that the dead man wrote, about the murder of a woman on a canal a century or so ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Benge | 1/21/2014

    " One of the very best detective writers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 1/20/2014

    " I like the Morse books, but Josephine Tey did the detective in the hospital story much, much better. The underlying historical mystery was just not interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/10/2014

    " In this book Morse mentions books you start to read slower so that they last longer - I found this one of those. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jari Peteri | 1/1/2014

    " Is this the best detective story every written? Well, it is at least very close to the best, somewhere in the same league with Rex Stout's The Doorbell Rang. But does suffer a bit on rereading, since so much depends on the brilliant twists in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 12/22/2013

    " Boek acht uit de reeks. Heel aangename lectuur. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 12/20/2013

    " More recent British dick-fic. I've read all of the Inspector Morse books...this one just has the most exciting title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shona Thomson | 12/10/2013

    " This was interesting, but a bit unusual for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 10/15/2013

    " not a contempary detective story fan. but this is a victorian. plot based around the canal. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tessa | 7/16/2013

    " I decided to read a few mysteries, since so many people love them, but realized I don't. This flaccid little book felt like such a waste of time--especially the odd way that the book's attractive women kept falling for the aging, alcoholic Morse. Really? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/29/2013

    " A delightful diversion for any Morse fan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 4/19/2013

    " This was a really fun read because the detective is solving a crime that happened in the previous century & it is a good example of an armchair detective. It was very different from the other Inspector Morse novels, but very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/17/2012

    " Following on the pattern used by Josephine Tey in The Daughter of Time, a recuperating police officer (Inspector Morse, of course) investigates an historic crime, discovering that the accused, and convicted men, were likely innocent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rog Harrison | 10/3/2012

    " This is the second time I have read this. While in hospital Morse reads an account of a nineteenth century murder and trial and does some research to try and work out what really happened all those years ago. It's a surprisingly satisfying read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven Beales | 5/29/2012

    " Reasonably entertaining mystery and solution of a 100 year old miscarriage of justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/20/2012

    " Been a long time since I read this and enjoying it just as much this time. Listening to it on audio book this time around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Hawes | 2/11/2012

    " The one with the perforated ulcer and the Victorian boat murder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Seligne | 12/8/2011

    " The writer is too cute by half. A disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sps | 11/5/2011

    " Read with a dictionary by your side, and maybe some lieder on the stereo. Morse is Holmes-like, though Dexter is not particularly Doyle-like. (Plenty of suspense but more irony and embarrassment here.) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nomad | 6/22/2011

    " How disappointing?

    It reminded me of another book i read, "Daughter of time".
    Which i didnt like either.

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 3/28/2011

    " Reginald Hill may not be the best narrator, but I sure do enjoy his Inspector Morse series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 6/28/2010

    " Eighth title in the Inspector Morse series set in Oxford England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 4/8/2010

    " I enjoyed the story, I like delving into past crimes that evoke historical perspective. Although Lewis finding a box containing Joanna Franks' belongings in an office filled with old documents etc did stretch credulity a little. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sps | 12/15/2009

    " Read with a dictionary by your side, and maybe some lieder on the stereo. Morse is Holmes-like, though Dexter is not particularly Doyle-like. (Plenty of suspense but more irony and embarrassment here.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 6/8/2008

    " The one with the perforated ulcer and the Victorian boat murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/9/2008

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/22/2008

    " More recent British dick-fic. I've read all of the Inspector Morse books...this one just has the most exciting title. "

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