The Wench Is Dead Inspector Morse recovering from an ulcer in Oxford s Radcliffe Hospital comes across an old book recounting a sensational murder case that took place in Oxford years earlier Convinced that the t

  • Title: The Wench Is Dead
  • Author: Colin Dexter
  • ISBN: 9780330370301
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inspector Morse, recovering from an ulcer in Oxford s Radcliffe Hospital, comes across an old book recounting a sensational murder case that took place in Oxford 100 years earlier Convinced that the two men hanged for the crime were innocent, Morse sets out from the confines of his bed to prove it.

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    1. This is among my favorites of the books in Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse series, mainly because the conceit is so clever. In the other Morse novels, as is the case with virtually all police procedurals, a crime is committed--usually a murder--and then Morse appears on the scene, begins an investigation and hopefully brings the guilty party to justice.In this case, though, Morse is laid up in the hospital with a perforated ulcer and is confined to bed for a couple of weeks. While lying there, he [...]

    2. The Wench is Dead is the eighth novel in Colin Dexter's "Inspector Morse" series. It is one of the most intriguing so far, as it is a story within a story. The mystery itself is based on a true unsolved crime which had been researched by Dexter. In part then, it is an historical novel. The novel received the British Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, for the best Crime novel of the year, in 1989.The phrase "The Wench is Dead" is often quoted, but originally was a quotation from Christ [...]

    3. Laid up in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Inspector Morse comes across an account of a 19th century murder. Intrigued by the inaccuracies in the account, he decides to solve the murder from his hospital bed. With the help of his faithful Sergeant Lewis and an attractive librarian visiting her poorly father, Morse soon becomes engrossed in the case of a young woman, apparently murdered by boatmen during her canal journey from Oxford to London.It takes a crime writer of considerable skill and chutzp [...]

    4. The book begins with poor Morse in the hospital suffering from a bleeding ulcer and enlarged liver, the result of all those pints. It's so different from the usual Morse in command; now he's forced to undergo the indignities of the hospital and completely at the mercy of others. He is given a copy of a book detailing the results of the murder of Joanna Franks who had been raped and murdered in 1859. The perpetrators had been arrested and hung. With nothing better to do, Morse reads the book but [...]

    5. I love watching Morse the show on BBC. I think this is the first book from the series which the television show is based that I've read. I will be on the lookout for more after reading this one. It was a book within a book and the mystery happened long ago. Morse gets bored if he isn't kept occupied, I think. He is handed several books for his hospital recovery, but only one intrigues him. He picks away at it, gets others to do his bidding to help in his investigation since he can't get out and [...]

    6. The best Inspector Morse novel that I have read so far (from the first eight books in this series). Brilliant plotting, very cleverly crafted! Morse re-solves a crime from the mid-19th century. Recommended for anyone who loves this genre.

    7. Both Morse and I are poorly: me in bed getting over a cold; himself in the JR2 with a perforated ulcer. And both of us given reading to do: me the book; himself a short pamphlet from the recently widowed wife of a patient. And both of us working out how Joanna Franks was murdered back in the 1800s.This is a goodie, like solving a cryptic crossword. And the solution, coming on the heels of patient research, several lucky finds (including a carpet on sawdust in Ireland, and some height marks in a [...]

    8. Reread over the past two days, as I wanted something to take my mind off what's gone on.The conceit here is that Morse is in the hospital being treated for a bleeding ulcer. While there, an elderly woman whose husband has just died of a heart attack, gives him a copy of a short book her husband wrote concerning the death of a woman in 1859 and the subsequent hanging of two men who were charged with her murder. Morse becomes interested in the case from what he reads and proceeds to investigate, m [...]

    9. Having already read the preceding Morse novels, I was pleased by this book's combination of the irascible, self-absorbed but sympathetic Morse and the historical mystery at its centre. I somehow had two copies, one of which I gave to my sister; she, a very avid reader but not acquainted with Dexter's works, did not particularly enjoy the book but liked Morse's character. Therefore I would not recommend this as the first foray into the world of Chief Inspector Morse (nothing wrong with starting f [...]

    10. 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?

    11. Josephine Tey did it in Daughter of Time. Now Dexter does it in this book--puts his detective, in this case Inspector Morse, in the hospital and gives him an historical mystery to rethink. Morse has a perforated ulcer, and a yen for some of the nurses, when he's given a book that describes a Victorian murder. The perpetrators were convicted and hanged, but something seems off about the whole case to Morse, who manages to investigate while he's in the hospital, and follows up on the case--to no e [...]

    12. 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.

    13. I am working my way through the Morse books by Colin Dexter and this, The Wench is Dead, is number 8 in the series. This was an excellent Morse book, focused on Morse’s declining health, due to his rampant abuses of his body. Morse is hospitalized and becomes fascinated with a 100 year old murder case and investigates from his hospital bed. Very much an homage to Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time in which her Inspector Grant is laid up in hospital and investigates Richard the III.Morse is [...]

    14. Dexter è un paraculo: ha copiato l'idea da Josephine Tey. Il suo ispettore Morse è uno dei poliziotti più antipatici dell'intero genere giallo. Ma il libro, come la gran parte di quelli della serie, si stacca dalla media per buona scrittura e solido intreccio. Se volete imparare come 'si fa' un'indagine, con perfetto mix di intuito e procedimenti razionali, niente di meglio

    15. Considering this is one of (if not the) shortest Morse book I don't really understand why it took me so long to read it.I guess its difficult to tell a story when the central character is in the hospital (a victim of his unhealthy lifestyle). But this serves to remind Morse of his own mortality. Fast approaching 60 and retirement, his head turned by a pretty face (several of which appear in this book, be they nurse or daughter of another patient).Morse's interest is spiked by a book, given to hi [...]

    16. Having read this years ago, something in another tale made me return to it. I could not remember exactly what had actually happened in the long ago crime, but the sickbed investigation was quite similar. But this, for pleasure reading alone and for Morse identity itself in spades, was a favorite.It's short and takes another approach completely from the usual detecting methods. And the physical illness and bed-ridden abilities still bloom in full flower to answers.Colin Dexter unraveling layers s [...]

    17. One of the less interesting television episode's of Morse but a surprisingly enjoyable read. No time pressure and no worry about another character becoming a victim, since this is a case from the past. But you get to spend more time in Morse's head and experience his thought process. That was great. Interesting to put him in such a vulnerable state too. A good read.

    18. I was a little disappointed in this one. There was very little mystery to it, the salient points seemed to be pretty obvious. The book seemed more a testament to Morse's aging libido than anything else. I understand this book is a little atypical of most Morse novels, so I'll give him another try, but this one did not impress me.

    19. 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.

    20. Questa recensione è presente anche sul blog: thebooksblendertervistaMorse ha qualche problemino con l'alcol. Ok, forse qualcosina in più dal momento che un bel giorno si ritrova l’ulcera perforata.Così, in ospedale, con la compagnia di pazienti che si confrontano sulle reciproche malattie, tra avvenenti infermierine attratte da uomini più anziani (di cui Morse pare essere un degno rappresentate agli occhi delle fanciulle) e terrificanti caposala scorbutiche, libri porno di contrabbando e v [...]

    21. Happy accident! I found this Inspector Morse mystery in my library. I owned it, and don't know how that happened. I've loved the other Morse mysteries I've read, The Jewel that Was Ours and The Daughters of Cain which I experienced as audiobooks -- but Colin Dexter's writing is so subtle and intelligent that it bears reading and rereading, because the detective himself is paying attention to whether a word is spelled with a "t" or a double "t" and what that means!As summaries invariably reveal, [...]

    22. A re-read in honour of the passing of Colin Dexter and one of the most original crime novels in recentish years. Laid up with a suspected ulcer, Morse is handed a privately published account of a murder apparently committed on the Oxford Canal in middle years of the C19th and sets out to solve the case. Extremely different from the televised version in which Morse is deprived of the dependable Sgt Lewis and given a young academic constable (and girlfriend), Morse here relies (as usual) on Lewis [...]

    23. I’m probably a little predisposed towards Colin Dexter, because I’ve read all of the Sherlock Holmes books and most of Agatha Christie’s back catalogue, and so this is the natural next step. The Wench is Dead is a little different to most of the other books, in that Morse is an invalid throughout. He got hospitalised for being a middle-aged pisshead.Anyway, the actual mystery involved here begins to develop when Morse begins to read one of his fellow patients’ write-up of a century-old m [...]

    24. He is hardly the model of good health, what with his incorrigible smoking and drinking, but a bleeding ulcer proves too much for Chief Inspector Morse. With some reluctance, he is taken to hospital, earning himself the sympathy of those around him, as well as some small gifts. Among aforementioned small gifts is a small self-published volume on a murder which happened in the Oxford Canal about a hundred years before Morse's time. Although put off, at first, by the dense writing style, Morse soon [...]

    25. This was a reread for me and I had forgotten how much I loved this Morse mystery. It has echoes of The Daughter of Time which makes me wonder of this is Colin Dexter's homage to Josephine Tey. Morse is recuperating from illness through much of the book, so some readers may be turned off by the lack of action. I loved it, though. Morse is at his most cerebral when he is occupied with this case, yet he is also at his most vulnerable since he is ill and at the mercy of assorted health professionals [...]

    26. Interesting bit of a read…Morse the modern day Inspector is laid up in hospital with an ulcer from too much drink & during his recuperation he muses over a book about a murder than happened over 100 years previously and sets out to prove, if only to himself, that the men hanged for the crime were innocent men. As with previous Morse stories Dexter uses the quotations to start off each chapter – though perhaps with this slim volume 41 chapters are too many – it made the first 120 pages [...]

    27. Convalescing in the hospital, Morse puts down his pornographic novel The Blue Ticket and begins to read Murder on the Oxford Canal, a brief privately published history of a century-old crime that his just-deceased roommate's widow has brought him. He becomes increasingly absorbed in the story and the flaws in the case; two men, workers on a canal boat, were hanged for the murder of a drowned woman whom they had been ferrying down the canal. Morse feels an injustice may have been done. Once relea [...]

    28. Even though I barely remember it, I'm pretty sure I had watched some of the TV versions of Morse. Anyway, I recently ran into this again via a BBC4extra audio, where they turned the book into an audio, which I loved a lot. Buying the book was a good choice, for one, Colin Dexter's English is a different style than I'm used to. Might be due to historical reasons, as the author grew up in a different time than me and thus his vocabulary does contain a few words I'm not used to hearing - no clue. A [...]

    29. I first read this in the early 1990s shortly after its publication and at a time when I was working my way through all the Morse novels. It's just as I remember it - clever, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining. And the relationship between Morse and Lewis is wonderful, a modern day Holmes and Watson. And the lovely thing was that as I read it, I remembered John Thaw and Kevin Whateley (still the best TV duo) with great affection.

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