By now fans know what to expect. Toronto. Late 1890s. Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) the astute cycling detective - he a Catholic overlooked for promotion in a staunchly Protestant community. Each episode boss (Thomas Craig) pours scorn on his theories but ends up supportive, Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) ever knocking on the door with important evidence to advance the plot. Meanwhile Julia (Helen Joy) cheerfully conducts her autopsies. Will she and Murdoch ever become an item?
13 episodes. No bonuses. Generally gentle entertainment (with gory moments). Not everything works (Ep.3 needing FAR better makeup for credibility), but most of the cases intrigue and there are surprises. The woman who fatally axed her father - genuinely schizophrenic or is it an act? Who abducted the Inspector's son? How could a Rembrandt disappear from a descending lift?
Highlights? Ep.7 A whole circus troupe amusingly held at the precinct. Ep.9 Bodies preserved in peat far older than thought, which makes the suspects very old indeed. Ep.11 Nothing as it seems when a murderer is executed. (Note the very black humour when creepy Catchpole fulfils his ambition of becoming a hangman.) Elsewhere there is even a haunted mansion, with a final twist that may shock.
In short, as usual there is much to please - this a welcome relief from so many gritty, fast paced police series set in modern times.