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The Wench Is Dead a Form Spl Paperback – 1 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330503944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330503945
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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About the Author

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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The Wench is Dead is a great summertime read for those English history buffs. I learned about the book recently in a reader's letter to the editor of Smithsonian Mag. Smithsonian published a lively and informative article about the locks and canals of England, particularly the Oxford Canal, which figures significantly in The Wench is Dead. The letter writer suggested the book for further interesting reading. The clues to the mystery are tantalizing as are the foreshadowing of events and character development. I especially enjoyed the teaser clues that may or may not lead to anything, but that pique the reader's interest.
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This is a well written, cleverly plotted book, which contains a story within a story. Morse, recovering from illness in hospital, is given a pamphlet describing the murder of a woman which took place on the Oxford canal in the nineteenth century. That pamphlet is set out in full, and is interesting in its own right; on finishing it, Morse is convinced that the accepted conclusion was incorrect, and that the wrong men were hanged for the crime. He decides to solve it himself.

Dexter keeps the two stories going superbly in a novel which fully deserved its Gold Dagger.
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This is the best of Dexter and explains why Morse is so fascinating.Using the 1839 Murder of Chritine Collins he adapts the case to Oxford and places it in 1860 and then proceeds to 'solve' the case whilst convalescing .Excellent of its genre.Really good read to take on holiday.
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This is my favourite Morse book, probably because I am a history lover. It starts with Morse confined to bed in hospital and with only the account of a 19th century Oxford murder to read he starts to see flaws in the guilty verdict and decides to solve the murder himself. It takes him to Ireland and Derby , he gets to grips with fly-boat timetables and the sizes of women a hundred years ago, and finally sees the solution in a crossword clue. I would recommend this to anyone who is intrigued by the past and likes detecting for themselves. A different Morse book because of the setting and time the murder was committed .
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I bought this crime fiction after reading a review of it in the British Medical Journal where it received an unusual four star top rating. I was not unhappy with my buy. It is an easy un-put-downable read with some medical aspects not too obvious to the layman of today.Since the early 1980s when the discovery that a bacteria was the cause of the majority of gastric and duodenal ulcers the incidence of acute bleeding in the gut has plumeted. Hand in hand the number of operations for ulcer surgery is now only a fraction of what it was. I remember as a medical student in the 60s assisting these operations that would head the list. I also remember treating patients with acute bleeds; those patients that lived and those that died. It is now another World and I often feel we do not appreciate the advances made.
Patients no longer spend more than a few days in hospital and the relationships that were once built up between patients-nusring staff-doctors have gone.
The above is just background to a good detective story. Well worth the read
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By A Customer on 25 Dec. 1999
This book is just one you can't put down. It's intriguing twists and turns, it's mixture of characters with secrets to hide and the fact that you travel back in time to the early 1900's, makes it well worth the read.
This book is about a Victorian lady who is murdered aboard a canal boat. As Morse lays in a hospital bed seriously ill, he is given a case that captures his inquisitive nature. Upon examining the police records of the arrest made, Morse discovers that a false arrest took place.
But just who committed the murder - if one took place at all? Murder, mystery, suspense, greed and the genre of the era - all add up to a riveting read. You will not be able to put this book down!
A simple must to read. By Sarah Clark.
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This is the original and best exactly as the book. The TV version is awful, and the story is completely changed. This is as it should be faithful to the written word. Very good.
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Unusual and clever plot.
Dexter is very readable. I love his gentle humour and insight into human nature as a counterbalance to the darker side.
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