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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read with a storyline similar to Daughter of Time
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...
Published on 8 Aug 2000

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Daughter of Time?
A reworking of Josephine Tey's classic THE DAUGHTER OF TIME. Morse's love of crosswords pays off, and his research into documents is mildly interesting. Solution is undistinguished, and not entirely unexpected. There is too much emphasis on Morse's sexual fantasies and bodily functions; the characters in the plot do not come to life, and are less than jig-saw pieces;...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read with a storyline similar to Daughter of Time, 8 Aug 2000
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the book is so often better than the adaptation, 4 May 2005
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B. G. Strand "strandbg" (England) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wench is Dead - audio version, 27 Dec 2011
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 25 Dec 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonser, 26 Oct 2009
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Brand new product (NOT a copy) and delivered super quick. Cracking tale and a bit different to the normal Morse stories. Very enjoyable yarn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morse books, 1 Dec 2013
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Ms. P. Duckworth "Saltador" (Lancashire England) - See all my reviews
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As with all the Morse books this one albeit a long time in the past still keeps you wanting to know more because of this I usually find that I have read the whole book in one sitting
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Daughter of Time?, 28 April 2001
This review is from: The Wench is Dead (Paperback)
A reworking of Josephine Tey's classic THE DAUGHTER OF TIME. Morse's love of crosswords pays off, and his research into documents is mildly interesting. Solution is undistinguished, and not entirely unexpected. There is too much emphasis on Morse's sexual fantasies and bodily functions; the characters in the plot do not come to life, and are less than jig-saw pieces; and the book never escapes the shadow of Josephine Tey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Morse novels, 10 Dec 2000
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robrose@another.com (Birmingham, England) - See all my reviews
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Not as good as some of the other Dexter novels, but still a gripping book for any reader. Complex language and graphic descriptions intrigue the reader more as the story unfolds. A good book.
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