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Publisher's Summary

Little progress had been made by the Thames Valley Police since the discovery of a corpse in a North Oxford flat. The victim had been killed by a single stab wound to the stomach. The police had no weapon, no suspect, 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 directly to a staircase in Wolsey College and in particular to a former "scout" there, one Edward Brooks, who disappears following the theft of a knife from the Pitt Rivers Museum. Then another body is discovered, and suddenly Morse finds himself with too many suspects and yet no solution. Then he receives a letter, a letter containing a declaration of love.
©1994 Colin Dexter (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse has become a favorite of mystery fans in both hemispheres. In each book, Dexter shows a new facet of the complex Morse. In this latest work, Morse must solve two related murders, a problem complicated by a plethora of suspects and by his attraction to one of the possible killers." (
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4 out of 5 stars
By A P on 03-16-10

A different Morse

I had previously met Inspector Morse only on the BBC TV adaptations of Colin Dexter's books. The full book reveals a much more complex character. Don't be put off by the voice of the reader: you will soon acclimate to him, and then realize that he is, in fact, just the right reader for these books.

Just make sure that you have a l-o-n-g car journey ahead of you, because you won't want to stop until the book is over.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Samuel on 06-29-12

Inspector Morse from early days

What made the experience of listening to The Daughters of Cain the most enjoyable?

Reuniting with the gruff overeducated Morse and his long-suffering, always paying for drinks assistant Lewis was like greeting old friends.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Daughters of Cain?

Morse's "love affair" with a young punk prostitute.

What aspect of Frederick Davidson???s performance would you have changed?

he is spot-on

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


Any additional comments?


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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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