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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (10 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689870
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A first novel enriched by the vividness of its period settings and animated by the lifelike characters. --New York Times

An engaging historical mystery --Houston Chronicle

A finely flavoured plot, credible characters, and detailed atmosphere make this a winner. --Library Journal

If you want a good, cosy read with interesting characters, an admirable hero and an unusual setting, then you will certainly enjoy this book. --The Bookbag

This series is going to be addictive...Hugely enjoyable read, enhanced by the excellent characters, the glimpses into life in Victorian Canada and by anticipation (from the TV version) of things to come. --Book Geeks

About the Author

Maureen Jennings emigrated to Canada from the UK at the age of seventeen. Best known for the Murdoch Mysteries series, the TV adaptation of which has been running since 2008, Jennings has also launched a new contemporary series featuring a forensic profiler named Christine Morris. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, two cats and two dogs.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By India on 14 April 2012
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I was in need of a good book - I've just finished the Twilight saga and the Hunger Games series and found them OK, but not filling enough or complex. My friend only reads chick-lit - which I hate - and couldn't give me any good suggestions so I decided to go looking for myself.

"Good book" is a severe understatement. The plots are amazingly well-crafted and sustaining - I found enthralled and loved the twisted, unexpected ending. I will definitely read more of the author's work. I then found the TV series which I immediately started watching - they're both perfect and are the best I've read and watched in a long time.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By the bear on 8 Mar. 2012
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Excellent. So much better than the TV series. Jennings gives a real feel of the period and the gritty underbelly of 19th century Toronto. I shall certainly be reading the rest of the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brett Lowrie on 17 April 2012
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I watched Murdoch since season 3 and I thought the show was great. Now that am reading the books that started him of. I figure out its not great but bloody brillant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2015
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First of the series that led to television's Murdoch Mysteries. Evocatively set in freezing 1895 Toronto, it tells how Doctor Rhodes' servant Therese was found murdered in the snow - possessions all taken, including her clothes. Prostitutes Ettie and Alice know more than they let on. Acting Detective William Murdoch investigates - he a Catholic, as was the victim. Staunchly Protestant (and always abrasive) Inspector Brackenreid wants a quick result, so respectable families may sleep in peace at night. He declares the culprit(s) will clearly to be found amongst the city's paupers, vagrants and Barnardo Boys. Murdoch is not so sure....

An involving read - characterization vivid, strong dialogue causing the novel to move at a pace.

Most appealing of all is Murdoch himself. Temperatures may be low, but he generates warmth - painstakingly conscientious and with in-built sympathy for the downtrodden. (Hints are dropped of a grim past and of a loss still deeply felt.)

An intriguing murder mystery, full of humanity and laced with humour. (Murdoch is secretly learning to dance, standard improving since looking as though stamping on cockroaches.)

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Melley on 12 July 2013
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As I am thoroughly enjoying this program on Alibi, I thought I would give the book by Maureen Jennings, who I had never heard of before, a go, and I wasn't disappointed. I found myself transported back to the dark and dismal back streets of 19th Century Toronto and the life of the enigmatic and earnest William Murdoch. My only (slight) disappointment was that the descriptions of the characters didn't match up to those in the program, but that is TV license for you!
I shall most definitely be ordering the whole set now, and hope that Ms Jennings continues to write about my new favourite detective!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher John on 21 April 2013
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If you first discovered Murdoch Mysteries as a TV series on the Alibi channel, it's very satisfying to find and read the novels on which the h it programme was based.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aesop fussy git on 4 Sept. 2012
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Having recently discovered this series on the TV and been hooked as I see it as a mixture of mystery and very well done humour I was quite disappointed with this novel. The characters are so different, there is none of the humour and it tends to drag on a bit. I'm not certain I will be getting any more as the difference is too vast. Such is life, such is television.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bud on 9 Jun. 2013
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As I love the tv show thought I'd read one of the books. A bit slow to start , but enjoyed the build up to the end. Characters quite different from the show , but once i got to know them it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book.
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