The Wench is Dead
That night he dreamed in Technicolour. He saw the ochre-skinned, scantily clad siren in her black, arrowed stockings. And in Morses muddles computer of a mind, that siren took the name of one Joanna Franks... The body of Joanna Franks was found at Dukes Cut on the Oxford Canal at about 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 22nd June 1859. At around 10:15 a.m. on a Saturday morning the body of Chief Inspector Morse - though very much alive - was removed to Oxfords John Radcliffe Hospital. Treatment for a perforated ulcer was later pronounced successful. As Morse begins his recovery he comes across an account of the investigation and the trial that followed Joanna Franks death... and becomes convinced that the two man hanged for her murder were innocent...

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