Colin Dexter: The Daughters of Cain



L attributes f a heavy smoker and drinker is still apparently extremely desirable to almost every woman he meets Morse appears to embody every male s fantasy Indeed women uite regularly fall at his feet The readers have become used to Morse s habit f becoming romantically r even carnally involved with at least ne f the females in the case he is investigating but in The Daughters Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of Cain he does actually fall in love Towards the end the descriptionf this is uite sensitive Morse even receives a letter containing a declaration Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of love whichnly increases his despair and feelings Night's Pawn of emotional impotence The author has made a fair attempt with this novel both to show Morse s sadness at his loneliness his growing awareness that he is mortal and his despair and utter desolation at the knowledge that he will never achieve the sortf contentment that Lewis has with his wife and home We are used to Morse being abrupt and pedantic His scholar s brain cannot deal with the Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) overwhelming feelings he is having to which he is not accustomed It seems so extremely poignant that in the end thenly way he can cope is to put himself in familiar territory by saying to Lewis I shall have to tell her that rang is the correct form f the past tense f the verb to ring when used transitively As for the mystery element there are fewer characters than usual to bscure the plot However as with all Dexter s novels the clues come and go in a flash and can easily be missed if not read carefully and with insight It is gritty with drugs incest and bribery all playing a part There is a secondary murder which is dealt with thoroughly than the first and to which the title holds the clue This too is a new twist for Colin Dexter because with this second murder the reader not nly has the knowledge The Secret Child of who did it described in a very detailed way but is rooting for the killer to get away with it beca As a fanf the TV series starring John Thaw I had hoped to enjoy this novel than I did I realised after buying it that it is late in the set Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook of novels and therefore Morse is in decline accelerating the process by being unable to give up smoking and drinking despite having to spend a few days in hospital due to an exacerbated chest infection The plot is rather convoluted featuring two murdersne leading n from another and with ne f the victims being so unlikeable that you end up rooting for the murderers to get away with it Structurally the author s erudition is n display with apposite uotations heading up each f the chapters I found the ld style Death by Inferior Design of narrative where there is anmniscient author who ccasionally intrudes very bviously into the text together with the constant head hopping whereby we are told what every character in a scene is thinking rather Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 off putting Also Morse is made rather unlikeable himself in this novel with even Lewis looking askance at him atne point Afterwards I viewed the TV adaptation and found it had been considerably streamlined and the whole subplot f Morse s ill health and decline towards a projected retirement in a couple f years mitted Of course there are a lot episodes than novels so the character could not be killed ff so uickly A Philosophy of Cinematic Art on TV On the whole though somef the uestionable and unconvincing parts The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of the novel such as Morse s reciprocated and unreuited love with the prostitute daughterf White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs one character were well advisedly excised from the TV version with no loss as far as I was concerned All in all I would rate this at 3 stars Oh these novels are ever so much better than the screen adaptations with thebvious exception f the lack f John Thaw Loved the characters in this story especially the lovelorn Morse and put upon Lewis but also Ellie Smith Although I remembered much Scab of the plot from the TV series I was happily surprised by the differences and several times I couldn t guess where the twists would lead Loved the solution even if it things weren t necessarily tidy Inly have In a World Created by a Drunken God one problem with this story Morse learns Ellie Smith sriginal surname near the end Indo No Kao of the book but it never revealed to the readers Why bring it up if it s not going to be revealed Perhaps Dexter couldn t thinkf a name that would have made a name change believable Aside from that great read and strongly recommend to Brit LitMystery fans Chief Inspector Morse s eleventh uting finds the brilliant if unconventional detective ailing ut Giant Peach Yodel of shape and thinking about retirement and hiswn mortality He d be in a lot better health at this point if he d Sinai and Zion only give up cigarettes and cut backn the amount f alcohol that he consumes But f course that s a lot easier said than done and any long time reader f this series knows that it s not going to happenAs the book pens Morse inherits a murder investigation from a colleague who claims that he needs to attend to his sickly wife Morse assumes that the colleague is simply trying to duck ut f a complicated case that he s been unable to solve but he s happy to assume the responsibility nonetheless The victim was a retired academic named Felix McClure By all accounts McClure was reasonably well liked and no Iniquity one would have had a motive to stab him to death Morse and his sidekick Sergeant Lewis begin their inuiries at the college from which the victim had recently retired There they discover that some untoward activities had been taking place at the college and that in fact there might have been someoner perhaps several someones who wanted the good professor deadThe case is further complicated when another murder ccurs and mixed up in all f this are three women two f whom Morse will find very attractive As is always the case in a novel by Colin Dexter it s a complex puzzle and the reader can nly be thankful that someone with the ability Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) of Chief Inspector Morse is around to put all the pieces into place Another good entry in a very engaging series Here s a paradox a Colin Dexter kindf word while I enjoyed each Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook occasion that I picked up this novel I didn t think it was so good as a wholeNaturally the Morse Lewis exchanges were like eavesdropping upon twold friends at nce amusing and exasperating but f course interpretation Livin' de Life of their dialogue is so heavily informed by familiarity with then screen charactersIndeed the explanation for my discontent lies I suspect in the timing The Daughters The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of Cain was published 7 years after the TV series began And actually I feel Colin Dexter has rather written a screenplay there are seventy chapters for heaven s sake mostf them just a couple Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of pages longThe ensuing disjointedness is amplified by the epigraphs that introduce each chapter apposite and informative though they are it is like reading a book that is continually interrupted by commercial breaks not really like a book at allAnd then in literary contrast to the epigraphs the author mirror mirrorn the wall perhaps the most erudite Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of them all sinksut The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta of. O stabbed Dr Felix McClure latef Wolsey College In another part f Oxford three women a housecleaner a schoolteacher and a prostitute are playing ut a drama that has long been unfolding It will take much brain work many pints and not a little anguish before Morse sees the startling connections between McClure's death and the daughters f Cain VERY CLEVERLY CONSTRUCTED Dext.

With The Daughters f Cain Colin Dexter has created a different mood and a different style for this eleventh Inspector Morse novel from 1994 It is approaching the end f the series two before the end to be exact which it presages at various points We are told that Morse himself was now within a couple f years f his retirement It is actually full f Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge omens and has a gloomy feelverall Colin Dexter is as erudite as ever and each chapter begins in his chosen fashion with a uotation from a wide range f sources mostly from the classics r Latin Each uotation has been chosen to suit the contents The Witches Ball of the following chapter somebviously than Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book others During the narrative too there is a cascadef cultural references At ne point a chapter is headed with a Shakespearean uote from Henry IV Part II The gaudy blabbing and remorseful dayIs crept into the bosom f the seaThe Remorseful Day f course was used by Colin Dexter as the title for the final Inspector Morse novel One difference immediately apparent to a regular reader f the series is that Morse and Lewis are present for almost the entire novel rather than entering the action halfway through In addition Morse himself reveals a vulnerable side It is very unusual in these novels to read a sentence which says Morse suddenly felt very moved very lost very helpless very upsetSome readers may welcome this thinking that at last we are finally getting to know the protagonist For those who like the current taste for becoming immersed in the back story f their favourite detectives this may prove fascinating It is certainly a change from the hints and teasing snippets about Morse s life which we have had so far We already know he is very intelligent and relishes classical music drinking smoking and women and not necessarily in that rder We know f his ther interests English literature History the Classics Opera and Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling of course crosswords Yet we havenly had hints about his past and his childhood about the events which have formed his attitudes and made him the man he is Here we learn I ve always been frightened Ready to Restore of the dark myself admitted MorseIn an earlier novel we had a detailed accountf an earlier failed love affair ne which damaged and hurt him badly Yet some f the basic information is intriguingly missing We still do not know Morse s first name even by the end f this eleventh novel although we have now been given the initial letter E And Morse knew all about being teased because f a name in his Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) own case a Christian nameIt is difficult now to recollect at the time what a great secret was made in the series about Morse s first name In the lightf the television adaptations and now even the preuels his Christian name is well known Yet at the time Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History of publishing even this late novel the readers were still kept in suspense Would Colin Dexter ever actually reveal Morse s first name The author kept it under his hatThere is also a shift some might call it a development in the relationship between the two main characters Partf their appeal has always been their contrast The intellectual maverick Morse is partnered with the dedicated dutiful hard working sidekick Lewis Until now there has always been a hint Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio of adulation in Lewis s attitude towards Morse Yes he has shown shock at Morse s coarseness in previous novels but still the reader has feltverall that he has a sense Regarde, c'est maman ! of priden being relied The Bricklayer on by such an inspired Chief Inspector Here though we see through Lewis s eyes the supercilious almost arrogant castf the harsh blue eyes and the complacent looking smile about the lips It was the sort f conceit which Lewis found the least endearing uality f his chief worse even than his meanness with money and his almost total lack Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation of gratitude And suddenly he felt a shudderf distaste And Morse was perfectly happy to take full credit for the bons mots f thersBut later we see the full value f their friendship when Morse says You just asked me if I ll miss things and I shan t no Only ne thing I suppose I shall miss you Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West old friend that s allThe second change with this novel and it is a bigne is that it is far Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off of a police procedural than a mystery There is no real mystery about who the murderer is it is not a whodunnit in any sense because Morse atypically sticks to his first correct thought and it is merely a uestionf why and how and finding the evidence to support it Specifically then the body f Dr Felix McClure an Ancient History don f Wolsey College Oxford has been found in his flat It is a brutal murder and Morse is extremely averse to viewing the body which has a single stab to the stomach with a broad knife Morse s regular sueamishness is compounded by the fact that he is not in good health There is a lot f detail about Morse s health in this novel He describes it himself thus My liver and kidneys are disintegrating my blood pressure isn t uite ff the top Single of the scale I m nursing another stomach ulcer I mn the verge f diabetes due to my ccasional intake f alcohol and my cholesterol s dangerously high We learn f Morse s subseuent visits to the hospital and half hearted attempts to cut back n the smoking and boozing which he knows full well might be shortening his life He sways to and fro with his resolve For three whole days now he had not smoked a single cigarette and had arrived at that crucial point where his self mastery had already been demonstrated If you know Morse s character you can probably write the next bit yourself At ne point Lewis expostulates in exasperation If you re determined to dig yourself an early grave to which Morse breaks ff from his tetchiness and irritability to reply uietly I don t want to die not just yet There are uite a lot f instances in this novel where Morse says something uietly The sense he has Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan of possible impending doom is very noticeable despite his attempts to shrug itff with comments such as A small celebratory libation that Lewis in gratitude to whatever gods there be that temporarily I have survived the perils and dangers The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes of this mortal lifeOnef the suspects connected with the case Edward Brooks himself disappears following a museum theft We follow the back story relating to him and his wife Brenda who works as a cleaner for Julia Smith a teacher Edward Brooks had worked as a scout n ne particular staircase where Felix McClure had rooms and we follow the stories behind the students and ex students who lived there Rescuing a Werewolf onef whom had formerly committed suicide by jumping from a window All these facts are known very early Making Women Pay on in the novel butf course a novel by Colin Dexter would not be complete without a prostitute GloomCookie or two The female characters are all described in termsf their attractiveness to Morse r vice versa his to them And as usual at this point the author and Morse seems to fuse into ne persona It seems uncanny that such an irascible curmudgeonly character who has all the physica. AUDACIOUS AND AMUSING MAY BE THE BEST BOOK YET IN THIS DESERVEDLY CELEBRATED SERIES The Wall Street JournalIt was The Jesuit only the second time Inspector Morse had ever takenver a murder enuiry after the preliminary invariably dramatic discovery and sweep f the crime scene Secretly pleased to have missed the blood and gore Morse and the faithful Lewis go about finding the killer wh.

His depth when descending to describe the lower classes the s vernacular and accents are most unconvincing know what I mean GuvThe plot is peculiar remarkably linear with the chief suspects spotlighted at an early stage and the denouement merely an exposition f how the crime was implausibly I felt constructedThere is a further paradox in the telling Rim of the Pit of the tale themniscient narrator jumps from head to head sometimes within the same scene a rather lazy device I always believe inexplicably revealing some thoughts and withholding You Can Beat the Odds othersAnd finally there isne totally improbable and apparently gratuitous romantic liaison the less said about which the better Read by Terrence HardimanTotal Runtime 9 hours 53 minsDescription Inspector Morse is up against a baffling murder inherited from a colleague who left the bloodied trail cold and unsolved Morse along with his faithful long suffering Sergeant Lewis must pick up the tangled threads and make some sense ut f the sensless An Oxford Professor has been brutally stabbed to death and the trail leads to the brutal college handiman who may Stripes of All Types or may not have been dealing drugs When the prime suspect vanishes Morse is left to sortut an verabundance f suspects including the brutal handiman s wife abused step daughter prostitute and an Oxford School Teacher Dexter s chapter penings f uotes and aphorisms add to the enjoyment as the reader tries to find the thread which leads to the next clue which wraps up the conclusion is a very fullfilling climax This is the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 one with the delightfully gross Ellie Best line was about the anagramf courtesan euating to a sore Loved this Mic manual de campanie electorală one4 Last Bus to Woodstock Inspector Morse 13 Last Seen Wearing Inspector Morse 23 The Silent Worldf Nicholas uinn Inspector Morse 33 Service The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects of All the Dead Inspector Morse 43 The Deadf Jericho Inspector Morse 54 The Riddle f the Third Mile Inspector Morse 63 The Secret f Annexe 3 Inspector Morse 73 The Wench Is Dead Inspector Morse 83 The Jewel That Was Ours Inspector Morse 93 The Way Through The Woods Inspector Morse 104 The Daughters One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones of Cain Inspector Morse 113 Morse s Greatest Mystery and Other Stories Morse and Lewis are in the midstf a murder at Oxford which eventually leads to yet another murder and the hunt is Just Joking on With Lewis doing the physical work and Morse cogitating they narrow down the fieldf suspects pretty uickly buthow to prove it The characters in this series entry are very well drawn and as usual Dexter s use f the language is impeccable The reader gets a closer glimpse into the real Morse as he becomes emotionally entangled with ne Dexter s Chief Inspector Morse has appeared in a fine TV series which we were watching in an Islington row house next to the below ground level kitchen when the kitchen popped from an Times of Trouble (A Time Travel Anthology) overheated pan No it turnedut to be smash and grab since we d foolishly left the shutters BENAAMI open my wife s purse visiblen the table with keys to the Aston Martin parked n the front garden Except there were no keys still in the study n the first floor US 2nd since I was too worried to drive it drove their English Ford Escort instead Morse n TV was not aging as he is in this book putting his trousers n while sitting reluctant to drive after a couple brews planning in fact his retirement though he continues drinking a few pints before going home for Glenfiddich Morse clims I am the The Real Bluebeard: The Life of Gilles de Rais only man in Oxford who gets sober the he drinks 241 Colin Dexter in this novel may also be different can t find the fourthers I read Stay on Your Toes, Maggie Adams! on my shelf to compare This I bought used for 1 in the 90 s This novel repeatedly notes what is NOT saidr done what was Ellie Smith trying to tell himor what she was trying not to tell him 283 Morse s boss Strange How re things going Morse Progressing sir Strange looked at him sourly You mean they re not progressing 293 Her thoughts concentrated n what she could have told him r rather Night Train To Cherbourg: A Joszef Kiraly: Gentleman, Vampire Mystery on what she could never have told him 381 but the thought was not translated into words 52 Dexter describes the narrator himself as a chronicler and indeed he refers to months days and timesften and Disowned often to begin a chapter But Dexter also writes with forgive me dexter ity Say his metaphors the concertina d Escortr had taken some Comptia Security+ Sy0-301 Exam Cram of the cream from Lewis s eclair 273 and also his latinate words to suggest Morse s Oxford education dactylloscopy fingerprint study dolichocephalic long faced Much connects with my personal life visiting Oxfordver the years my bio Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey of Giordano Bruno in the university library shelved in a tunnel to Radcliffe Camera and since my sister in law s finishing a PhD there She first told us the local namef Tolkien and CS Lewis s pub The Bird and Baby where he drinks Burton s Ale 188 The avenue The Cosmic Internet: Explanations from the Other Side of St Giles forks into the Woodstock Road to the left and the Banbury Road to the right up whichur usual BB can be found 111 But even the mention Marketing Aesthetics of Father Brown which we now watch weeklyn TV where Chesterton said the best place to conceal a corpse a battlefield 356 The murders in this book are victim and murderer but is it still murder when you kill the murderer Three women align to ppose the abuser f two f them but almost everyone the Chief Inspector interviews lies copiously In ne early case Morse summarizes Mrs Wynne Wilson She s a Walter Mitty sort Oddly Normal of woman She lives in a worldf fantasy She tells herself so many times tells American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity, 1940 to 1979 others so many times that she thinks they re true And for her they are true 39 Residentsf the US in 2020 boast a president very like this Mrs BTW each McNally's Risk of the 71 chapters has a fine epigraph ranging from local notebooks to Catullus in Latin whom I have translated Dickens the Bible and Housman And like a skylit water stood The bluebells in the azure woodCh9 p44 Morse is aging now and getting a little nudge to consider retirement Still this and a hospital stay does not deter him from smoking drinking and flirting He especially likes to flirt with witnesses from his murder investigations Where else is going to meet them This case involves an abused woman her hooker daughter and her employer I thought it was just an OK plot You could see it coming from a mileff and there were no surprises What always surprises me is the number Slaves of New York of women who like Morse In addition to the hooker and the employer there is the headf the museum where the murderer weapon was stolen and the medical examiner I find this creepy as in the TV series she hooks up with Lewis This is Gou: Himetachi No Sengoku Vol. 1 one series where I think the TV shows are heads and shoulders better than the books That rarely happens uickly read a good enuiryf morse lewis we start to have a gut feeling that this is leading to the end Johannes Itten: Das Frühwerk 1907-1919 of the series since morse is rather ill and the doctors advise to change his habitsf smoking drinking and not eating properly i found the story a little too long before getting to the core From Rodin to Plensa: Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum of the inuest but a good story as usual with colin dexter. Er writes with an urbanity and rangef reference that is all his wn Los Angeles TimesYOU DON'T REALLY KNOW MORSE UNTIL YOU'VE READ HIM Viewers who have enjoyed British actor John Thaw as Morse in the PBS'Mystery' anthology series should welcome the deeper character development in Dexter's novels Chicago Sun TimesA MASTERFUL CRIME WRITER WHOM FEW OTHERS MATCH Publishers Week.

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