Bizarre and bewildering - that's what so many murder investigations in the past had proved to be.... In this respect, at least, Lewis was correct in his thinking. What he could not have known was what unprecedented anguish the present case would cause to Morse's soul.
Chief Superintendent Strange's opinion was that too little progress had been made since the discovery of a corpse in a North Oxford flat. The victim had been killed by a single stab wound to the stomach. Yet the police had no weapon, no suspect, no motive.
Within days of taking over the case Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life and death of Dr Felix McClure. When another body is discovered, Morse suddenly finds himself with rather too many suspects. For once, he can see no solution. But then he receives a letter containing a declaration of love....
What members say
For lovers of beautiful language, beautifully read
Would you consider the audio edition of The Daughters of Cain to be better than the print version?
Having never read any Colin Dexter and having only seen many episodes of Morse on TV, I had never considered Mr. Dexter as reading material. How wrong I was!
This being the case I am unable to make this comparison but can only say that I will certainly be trying "the real thing" in the print version as Colin Dexter's use of language finds fertile terrain with your's truly (EFL teacher and lover of her own language and words in particular!). Without a doubt Samuel West's truly beautiful voice and his ability to bring understated but moving emotional weight to the story only serves to make the written word even more striking.
What did you like best about this story?
As usual a beautifully woven plot and no graphic violence, the usual bias towards a psychological analysis of the characters and what makes people do what they do. The relationship between Lewis and Morse and the affectionate banter between them. Obviously, having seen so many episodes of the Morse series on TV I was unable not to see John Thaw and the actor who plays Lewis in my mind's eye whilst listening but since John Thaw's rendition of the character is so incredibly close to the Morse character in the book (as I only realise now, of course), this made the listen even better
Which character – as performed by Samuel West – was your favourite?
I think Lewis. Samuel West succeeded in producing a slight Welsh lilt very well (at least I heard it as a Welsh accent) and he portrayed Lewis's occasional frustrations mixed with admiration and respect perfectly. In fact the dialogues between the two were perfectly timed and delivered. What else can I say?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Oh, yes, many moments because of Morse's loneliness and his difficulty with human relationships. I can't recall them all but his impossible love for Eleanor Smith and hers for him are particularly touching as we know that possibly neither of them have ever (and possibly will never again) felt love for another human being so strongly.
Any additional comments?
I have possibly already said too much but this listen truly affected me and I am already addicted to Samual West as a reader. There is a feature in a women's mag that poses the question: "who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?" Well, for me it would be Samuel West. I have fallen in love with his voice, but he would be quite safe over the teacups as I am 70!!!
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- Anonymous User
Four out of five
Great story and well read. Lewis’ accent being the only blemish, but fair play to the narrator not letting the TV series impede his interpretation of the Morse books.