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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (10 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689887
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Life in late 19th-century Toronto comes startlingly alive in Jennings's second gripping tale. --Publishers Weekly

There are touches of Anne Perry and Peter Lovesey in her clear-eyed look at the social ills of the period. --Denver Post

A stupendously stimulating historical mystery that will garner new readers for a rising star. --Feminist Mystery Reviews

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By janetmollymoo on 26 April 2012
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Really good read gives an insight into 1890s policing warts and all, can recommend good buy. I will certainly buy the other books in the series.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2015
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1895, Toronto - the first novel's bitter winter has given way to a stifling July. The city's poverty-stricken areas are where most crimes occur - police investigating only too conscious of smells, bugs and rodents, not to mention many residents overdue for a wash. Acting Detective William Murdoch as ever remains his own man, cycling to murder scenes, crossing himself when he sees the corpse and generally showing respect.

Victim this time is midwife Dolly Merishaw, she not nice to know. She had amassed many secrets, wealthy people involved. Has she come to grief because of attempts to blackmail...?

Alternatively what of Dolly's deaf and dumb daughter Lily, for so many years subjected to merciless bullying? Why has she fled? Are the two lads in the house honestly as innocent as they claim?

Methodical as always, Murdoch will not be hurried by Inspector Brackenreid. Forever blinkered, his boss regards this an open and shut case. Of course Lily did it: "Cripples are like savages. No morals at all."

As before, characterization is vivid and dialogue strong - it considerably more earthy than in the television series. In fact the books are generally far darker, with no holding back on the seamier side. Humour is thus all the more welcome - as with Constable George Crabtree's plight. He is the police station's hopeful in the forthcoming tug of war, but literally seems to be losing his grip. Can a saboteur be at work? (Well done the readers who deduce the culprit!)

Throughout there are surprising twists and turns - some happy and uplifting, others not. Maureen Jennings keeps a firm grasp, skilfully evoking times when conditions were grim but where there was also humanity.

As often when novels are adapted for the screen, for full enjoyment it is best to regard the versions as separate entities.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By India on 14 Oct. 2012
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I think this is one of my three favorites of the seven-book series, entirely because it was quite a short read and had an interesting murder mystery.

I agree with another reviewer that these books are NOT in anyway like the TV series - in fact, you could change the characters' names and it could become at totally different series. That aside, these books are still BRILLIANT and I shall continue to read the rest.
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This historical detective mystery is brilliantly and sympathetically written. Brilliant in language, sympathetic in its depiction of the troubles of the poor and the wealthy in nineteenth century Canada. The mystery puzzle is complex, the various characters lovingly portrayed, the action fast, powerful and often amusing. The street slang of the time is interesting and great fun. Murdoch himself is a lovable character. Don't however confuse the tv series with the books or you will be disappointed. The tv series distills the essence of the books into a more palatable form but if you can, read the books as well for their gritty integrity. I enjoy both. Looking forward to the next foray into this Canadian crime series.
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I have ordered quite a few books now from this Seller and even when "used" are in extremely good condition. I am a HUGE fan of Murdoch Mysteries series on T.V. and these books are just an added delight whilst waiting for the new Series to start next year. Anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery will enjoy these by Maureen Jennings and I would recommend ANYONE to use this Seller to get them. I just off to order some more as I find them extremely hard to put down.

The order came earlier than expected and was well packed and as said before, I would HIGHLY recommend this Seller to anyone. I am most certainly going to use them again.
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By EAO on 7 Jan. 2015
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This is the second book in the Murdoch Mysteries and I enjoyed it even better than the first one.

Dolly Shaw, a drunken, aggressive, former midwife is murdered taking the secrets of her clients with her.... or so it is believed. What did she know and who knew she kept a record book?

The story is well paced and entertaining and whilst delivering a good murder mystery involving characters from all classes of people, it also highlights the predicament of the poor in 19th century Toronto.
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I know other reviewers have mentioned this, but I can't stress enough how different this is to the show. It's more historically accurate for sure, but it's also a much darker portrayal of life in 19th century Canada, and it's honestly kind of depressing for someone who came to it through the series. The characters are, again, probably more true to life, but in this case that means that in many respects they're moderately horrible people by modern standards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Mahon on 20 Feb. 2013
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I love the Murdoch mysteries, I have watched the series on tv and have now read the books, they are very well written.
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