The Daughters of Cain

By Colin Dexter
Read by Frederick Davidson

The Inspector Morse Mysteries: Book 11

9.62 Hours 05/01/1995 unabridged
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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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Summary

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award in 1995

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” AudioFile
“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.” Booklist 
“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.”  Kliatt

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Author

Author Bio: Colin Dexter

Colin Dexter lives in Oxford. He has won many Crime Writers’ Association awards for his novels and in 1997 was presented with the Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature. His story “Evans Tries an O-Level” won the 1996 Macavity Award for Best Short Story.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English