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The Daughters of Cain (Inspector Morse Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330341634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330341639
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,289,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin Dexter has won many awards for his novels including the CWA Gold Dagger and Silver Dagger awards. In 1997 he was presented with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding services to crime literature. Colin's thirteenth and final Inspector Morse novel, The Remorseful Day, was published in 1999. He lives in Oxford.

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Colin Dexter lives in Oxford. He has won many awards for his novels and in 1997 was presented with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Craig Henderson on 20 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a superb novel from Colin Dexter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I thoroughly recommend it. The relationship between Morse and Lewis sparkles in this novel and the plot is so gripping I read this book in a day on holiday. The plot revolves around three women ('The Daughters of Cain') who are connected to each other through their loathing of one man.
Morse first investigates the murder of Dr Felix McClure and Morse and Lewis have an immediate suspect. Morse becomes romantically involved with a young woman who may be connected with the murder of the second victim. This book is vintage Dexter and is very easy to read. The plot grips you and there are some good twists near the end of the novel. The Daughters of Cain is one of the best Morse novels and the subplots and suspense keep you reading right to the end.
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5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
There is so much more within this book than ever appeared in the television series. I watched and enjoyed every story with John Thaw as Morse but was amazed at how much I learnt about his characters from each story I have read. I also found each chapter very easy to read and follow and if I did not know what the references were I looked them up so I learnt lots of things from this story.
I have read many detective stories and often there is too much technical detail and you almost feel as if you are reading a users manual. I never get this feeling with a Colin Dexter story but what I do get is great entertainment and I find I cannot put the book down unlike others.
I am looking forward to my next Colin Dexter already and know I will enjoy the characters he brings to life and the settings he uses within Oxford.
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Dexter's Morse has grown and developed into an utterly compelling character. Reading about him, his thought processes and interaction with the world and people around him, is as much a reason to buy these books as the criminal plot lines themselves. It just so happens this story with its principle triumvirate female cast is a belter. With only two books left in the series I am saddened as this wonderful set of books draw to a close.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am new to reading full length novels (i'm only 11) and i decided to start with this one. I can honestly say that this novels has inspired me to read. The plot is great, teh writing brilliant, the characters really interesting. I have no fault at all with this book. it is entirely thought provoking and you can totally understand the motives of the criminal(or criminals) and even feel a certain compassion for them, no you DO feel compassion for them. This book has shaped my future reading material. thank You Mr Dexter.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2012
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I thought I would like the Morse books - intellectual detective stories with plenty to satisfy the user. I was wrong. I hated this book, and I hated it because of the writing style. Colin Dexter writes in an extremely irritating and self-absorbed style. Every piece of narrative seems to come with a little (pointless and annoying) comment in parentheses. The whole thing feels smug and pretentious. This is compounded by the fact that the author alludes to the perpetrators of each element of the mystery in the narrative even though no evidence has yet been uncovered. Thus there is no real mystery and we just have Morse shambling along piecing together things that the reader already knows.

I just couldn't get into it and struggled to finish it. It's a shame because, in the hands of Ruth Rendell or Ian Rankin, this could be a cracking story. Instead it's a self-congratulatory and irritating book to read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jrmptl on 11 July 2014
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When this arrived my Kindle opened at "Part 1". I have a habit of going to the front cover and discovered that the book begins with a Prologue. So if you are buying, make sure you start reading from the beginning.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Koetzsch on 12 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Or at least that is the way it looks. Colin Dexter starts off with his usual prologue where one can pick up odd bits of information, which at the time of reading them don't mean an awful lot but which appear to become useful as one reads the main body of the book. Although, if you have read other Inspector Morse mysteries, you will know that that is not always the case.

The main story starts off with Morse taking over the investigation into the murder of Felix McClure, a Oxford professor. Both Morse and Lewis, or perhaps more the former than the latter, quickly decide on the identity of the murderer. Even though they manage to interview the chap before they get a chance to arrest him for murder, he himself is being murdered.

Enter the daughters of Cain. These are a wife, a step-daughter and a teacher and each one of them has a good (if not a very good) reason to get rid of the chap in question. In the end, Morse decides that the wife did it. On this occasion I find Morse's evidence not terribly conclusive because there is plenty of evidence pointing at the other two `daughters' or at a joint effort.

What I found odd is how eagerly the step-daughter pursues Morse and how excited Morse is about her advances. I find this odd because the book gives the impression that Morse is now just an aging alcoholic and I also find it odd because Morse should know better than becoming involved with a murder suspect.
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