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The Daughters of Cain (Inspector Morse #11)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,502 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The eleventh Inspector Morse novel begins when a body is discovered in a set of rooms off a prestigious staircase in the most famous Oxford college of them all. Colin Dexter has won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award twice for The Way Through the Woods and The Wench is Dead.
Mass Market Paperback, 387 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Not Avail (first published 1994)
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Jean
With The Daughters of 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 of 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 of years of his retirement."

It is actually full of omens, and has a gloomy feel overall. Colin Dexter is as erudite as ever, and each chapter begins in his chosen fashion with a quotation
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Susan Johnson
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 mile off and there were no surprises. What always surprises me is the number of women who lik
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Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Mary Wilt
My niece recently spent a semester at Oxford and I was lucky enough to visit her and the town for a week. She suggested, if I was looking for a book, that I read some Morse, the well-known Oxford detective. Since I hadn't read any of Dexter's series in a LONG while, I thought I'd give them a try again.

This is the third-to-last in the series, and I had not previously read it. I had forgotten how irritating I find Dexter's writing (at least in the Morse series, can't judge otherwise), so often ab
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Tony
THE DAUGHTERS OF CAIN. (1994). Colin Dexter. *****.
This is an excellent mystery from author Dexter, featuring his series hero Chief Inspector Morse and his partner Sergeant Lewis. All the action occurs, as usual, in Oxford, and is driven by the interacting personalities of the two policemen. Morse, as usual, is a hard-drinking skeptic with a finely honed sense of the correct use of the English language. Lewis is his straight man, and rigorously observes the correct procedures of the appointed co
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Sarah
Oh these novels are ever so much better than the screen adaptations (with the obvious exception of the lack of John Thaw)! Loved the characters in this story, especially the lovelorn Morse and put-upon Lewis, but also Ellie Smith. Although I remembered much 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. I only have one problem with this stor ...more
Ed
What fun! I was sure I had read all the Inspector Morse mysteries but I stumbled across one that was new to me. Occasionally I will begin a mystery that I had read years before and soon realize that I knew what was going to be happening as it happened in the novel--not so much in advance but sufficiently contemporaneously that it spoiled the mystery aspect, having forgotten many of the details but somehow kept filed away all the clues that one should not necessarily figure out as they happen.

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Melissa
This is not the type of book you read to figure out "whodunnit" - that is no real surprise; rather you keep reading to figure out why, how, and whether or not they get away with it. This is also one where you are rooting for the killer to get away with it, because the victim is that much of a monster.
Paul Servini
Thank heavens for audiobooks when I need to take a long journey. I listened to most of this one on my recent trip to Germany and back and finished the rest traveling back and fore to work. I love both Morse and Dexter, who in my opinion is a master of plot, and I've worked through most of the Morse novels (this one is #11) from the beginning. This one did not disappoint, except that with Morse going to hospital and his condition getting progressively worse, the end of the series seems to be rear ...more
Amy
This is my first Colin Dexter book, and of course I start way down the line and toward the end. Very well done and it took me a while to remember the plot/resolve from the tv series.
Em
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Paul
Inspector Morse has a high profile thanks to the Mystery Series of a few years ago. This was my first book of the series. An Oxford Don is found murdered in his apartment. Morse and his assistant Lewis have a hunch that a man working at the University who lost his job is the murderer. But they can't find the knife to prove it. Morse has a feeling that this needs to be solved because another murder is may be immanent. The pieces fall together, but to late to save the next victim. What do these tw ...more
Leslie
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Ellen
The title holds the clue(s), April 6, 2013


This review is from: The Daughters of Cain (Mass Market Paperback)
The author had started introducing the ongoing decline of Inspector Morse in the last book I read, "The Wench is Dead". The Inspector and hospitals are no longer strangers rather ambulance rides and hospitals are becoming ever more present in Morses' life. Needless to say Morses' drinking and smoking remain prevalent regardless of the consequences.

The Inspector once again chooses to be
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Chazzle
My Unwashed Proletariat Barbaric side asserts itself with this one. Colin Dexter receives much praise from canonical voices such as Nancy Pearl, but for me, this book just doesn't grab me.

Let me illustrate. The main character, Inspector Morse, is very pedantic. Privately, he has a crush on one of the suspects, and after receiving a note from her that begins, "My mum rung me up and...", Morse points out to his trusty underling partner Lewis, "If I ever see her again, Lewis, I shall have to tell
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Peggy
Inspector Morse is acerbic and cantankerous as ever in this compelling mystery. Accompanied by his soft spoken side kick Sergeant Lewis, they track down the killer of former professor. Family secrets and unlikely alliances spread out the suspects. The story takes the expected twists and turns with Morse jumping to conclusions and readjusting his thinking often. I listened to this on tape and enjoyed it very much.
Cyn
Oct 23, 2008 Cyn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anglophiles, lovers of a good mystery
Shelves: mystery
Easily my favorite of the Inspector Morse series, we see more development of the Morse character as he delves into a murder linked to three women- one of which he finds himself very much attracted. There's not much in the way of guessing the end of the book in advance (or really, any of the books in this series) and do look elsewhere if you'd like a nice cozy mystery. These novels are a bit gritty, yet very intelligent- anything can pop up from English literature, history, the Classics, opera, a ...more
Rog Harrison
I was a big fan of this series and I read the earlier books several times. I read this when it first came out about twenty years ago but I think this is only the second time I have read it. It's a complicated story and quite depressing as Morse realises he is getting old but fails to try living a healthier life.
Joe Rodeck
Inspector Morse novels are great Holmesian hound on the trail murder mysteries. The series is full of scholarly references and dry wit. As usual, this entry sucks you into a case full of deceit and depravity.

Docked a few points for an unbelievable and unnecessary love story subplot.
Samantha
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Nathan Willard
Morse and Lewis again. I should really check the timeline of the Morse books, given that he ages over the years and that Dexter seems to be giving him more of a past as he approaches the end of his life (notably, this book explains a reference that seemed of great import in Death is Now My Neighbor). But. Smaller than usual proliferation of bodies for an Inspector Morse book, as much or more of the wanton woman line. Certain details were somewhat obscure and convoluted, and a few of the hypothes ...more
Janice
Inspector Morse is feeling his age. Slowing down because his age and how he takes care of himself, he inherits a case from a fellow detective. A professor is killed, and there are three women that may be involved. It is Morse's job to see if any of them are connected to the case.

One is a women diagnosed with cancer, another is her cleaning lady, and the third is a woman who hires out to make a little extra by being a date.

Sharon
I love Colin Dexter's novels featuring Inspector Morse. I find I really have to pay attention. Unlike so many mystery novels written today, there is depth to his work, more than a few sentences per page, and challenging vocabulary at times.
Grouchy Editor
Yes, there are murders and villains and red herrings in "Daughters," but plot is never the main attraction in a Colin Dexter mystery. The real appeal is twofold: 1) Dexter’s tetchy protagonist, Chief Inspector Morse, who relishes classical music, drinking, smoking, and women – not necessarily in that order; and 2) Dexter’s contagious love of the English language. If you dig masterful prose with your homicide investigations, Dexter is your man. He’s certainly mine.
John
The rate of mortality-by-homicide for Oxford dons must be shockingly high. At least it is in Colin Dexter's Oxford. Yet another don is murdered in "Daughters of Cain," but it's a second murder that really captures Chief Inspector Morse's interest. As usual, his amorous interest also is piqued. Morse mysteries are always fun, if only for Morse's irascible personality and the cascade of cultural reference -- in this case, everything from Richard Wagner to Shakespeare to the Bible to the poetry of ...more
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Description: 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 out of the sensless. An Oxford Professor has been brutally stabbed to death and the trail leads to the brutal college handiman who may or may not have been dealing drug
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Maureen Stavrou
If you love British police procedurals (as I do) you can't beat the works of Colin Dexter. Not only are the stories engrossing, but the writing is superb.
Spiros
Jul 06, 2012 Spiros rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mysteries with unsympathetic victims
An increasingly decrepit, but still brilliant, Inspector Morse meets his Irene Adler: in these degenerate times, she is not a mezzo soprano of dubious memory, who rubs elbows (and other body parts) with European aristocrats, but a slovenly trollope whose clientele consists mostly of middle-aged Oxford dons. Nevertheless, she leads our hero on a heart wrenching journey.
I am pretty sure I read this many years ago, but the intricacies of the plot still had me guessing. I suspect that Colin Dexter i
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Chris
I've never read or watched an Inspector Morse mystery before. I know the detective has rabid fans, but I'm only finding The Daughters of Cain servicable. I mean, it's a good read and certainly the mystery's well-worked... but I found my interest drifting whenever the book broke from Morse & Lewis' perspective to those of the other folks involved with the crime. The book makes me think I'd enjoy a Morse novel where the character, warts and all, takes more of center stage.

I will say this howe
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Sudeshjog
Good read. A good complex with a flawed hero. No great reveal but maintains interest all through the book .
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Norman Colin Dexter, OBE (born 29 September 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire) is an English crime writer, known for his Inspector Morse novels.

He started writing mysteries in 1972 during a family holiday: "We were in a little guest house halfway between Caernarfon and Pwllheli. It was a Saturday and it was raining - it's not unknown for it to rain in North Wales. The children were moaning ... I was
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