I saw this version of Murdoch well before the new tv series, and loved Peter Outerbridge as the lead detective. I've come to like the new version too, but these 3 TV movies are much grittier and have a stronger 'period feel' than the TV series. They are a must have for all Murdoch fans and readers of the Maureen Jennings novels. Please note that if you get the Murdoch Mysteries Region 2 box set of season 1-3 these 3 movies are also included, even though the actors etc are not credited on the box and the discs only have pics of Bisson et al.
Like all adaptations, there are differences from the books, but overall these are very enjoyable movies and are a credit to their source material.