Morse is taken seriously ill at a museum reception and is hospitalized. While there, he takes an interest in a 140 year-old case known as the Oxford Canal Murders. The case involved the murder and rape of young woman traveling by canal boat from Coventry to London. The case resulted in two men being hanged and Morse believes there was a miscarriage of justice. With Lewis away at the Inspectors course Supt. Strange, who has counseled Morse to take early retirement, assigns fast-track university graduate PC Adrian Kershaw to do some leg work for him. Morse determines that a fraud took place and that the victim may have been someone else altogether.
Did You Know?
Colin Dexter based this Morse novel on a real case, that of the murder of Christina Collins in 1839 whilst travelling by canal from Staffordshire to London. See more
[Sister Nessie interrupts Morse and Adele as they are talking. She needs to give Morse an injection
Sister Nessie MacLean
I need his buttocks.
Clarinet Concerto in A Major
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Morse has it playing in his house See more