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Publisher's Summary

They called her the Swedish Maiden: the beautiful young tourist who disappeared on a hot summer's day somewhere in North Oxford. Twelve months later, the case remained unsolved, pending further developments.

On holiday in Lyme Regis, Chief Inspector Morse is startled to read a tantalizing article in The Times about the missing woman - an article which lures him back to Wytham Woods near Oxford...and straight into the most extraordinary murder investigation of his career.

© Colin Dexter; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Honest detection, illicit sex, puns and anagrams galore, Morse's trademark drinking and dour byplay with colleagues and suspects, plus a plot as agile as Dexter's best - in short, everything you could possibly want in an English detective story. Bolt the door and enjoy." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Ashok
  • lake in the hills, IL, USA
  • 07-13-07

Disappointing

After reading a prior Morse story that was superb-this was too convoluted and didn't hold my interest as much. Though overall it was worthwhile-mainly due to the brilliant Kevin Whatley narrating. There were too many threads for a 3 hour audiobook. I hope the others in the series-another 11 or so-will not be the same. Audible-if you are listening(good pun eh?) I think you should make these stories unabridged like the Maisie Dobbs mysteries which are also exceptional.

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Kevin Whately could read the dictionary and I would still listen

It's a wonderful story, but "abridged" means there's quite a bit left out. After reading the book, and seeing all the things that were omitted , I can kind of understand why those decisions were made . However those omissions really detract from the enjoyment of the story . The narration is lovely of course . But if you really want to understand what happens in this book you have to read it in its original form . That's why only give it four stars .

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Enjoyed the excellent narration

I enjoyed the narration by Kevin Whately. It was as entertaining as watching an episode of Morse or Inspector Lewis. Well done!

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  • Kristoffer Lowrie
  • 07-21-15

Editing is hopeless

The story is excellent. Abridged well so it still makes perfect sense. The performance by a cast member from the TV series is an excellent touch. I would recommend it based on these things. However one thing let's it all down... as with all these Morse recordings (I bought them all) the editing is hopeless, regularly cutting off scenes in mid sentence. Unbelievably in this one the last sentence of the recording cuts off just before it is finished. Did no one listen to this before they put it out for sale? Or did they listen, but just didn't care?

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