1989 The Wench is Dead
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, Signed, With Dustwrapper
Signed by the author to the title page 'For Peter and Lisa - Its been a great joy to know you better' Peter and Lisa Simon were friends of the author, with some sources stating he knew them from his teaching days in Leicester. This novel 'The Wench is Dead' received the Gold Dagger Award in 1989. It is an historical crime novel and is the eighth in the Inspector Morse Series. In this novel Morse is hospitalised due to a bleeding ulcer and is given a book on an historic murder case in Oxford by a friend. In this 1859 murder a young woman was found floating in the Oxford Canal and two men were hanged for the murder. Morse declares this verdict as incorrect and sets about proving the hanged men were innocent from the confines of his hospital bed. Colin Dexter was a popular English crime writer, best known for his 'Inspector Morse' series of novels. Throughout his career he received several Crime Writer's Association awards: Two Silver Daggers, Two Gold Daggers and A Cartier Diamond Dagger. He also received an OBE for his services to literature.
In the original full cloth binding and held in original unclipped dustwrapper. Externally, excellent with minor shelfwear. Dustwrapper is excellent with minor bumping to the head and tail of spine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.
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