Friday, August 17, 2012
Friday's Forgotten Books, August 17, 2012
This books pays homage to the setup of Tey's DAUGHTER OF TIME, by placing Morse in a hospital where the murder of a woman a century earlier draws his interest.
He is given a book to pass the time, which recounts the murder of Joanna Franks on an Oxford canal trip in the year 1859. With the help of a librarian at the Bodleian Library and Sergeant Lewis he is able to reconstruct the case from records and come to some conclusions at odds with the accounts of the time. The murder took place on the canal trip and two men were hung for the murder. Morse believes the men were innocent.
Most of the time Morse is in the hospital doing his detecting (as did the detective in DAUGHTER OF TIME in regards to Richard III), but at the end some field work makes him even surer of his conclusions. This is one of my favorite Morse tales although all of them are great.
Steve Lewis/Marvin Lachman
Bill and Michael Selnes