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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing "Acting Detective Murdoch" of Victoria's Canadian police
This is the first of seven historical murder mysteries set in Toronto, Canada towards the end of the 19th century and introduces Acting Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto police.

The series to date consists of

1) Except the Dying
2) Under the Dragon's Tail
3) Poor Tom is Cold
4) Let Loose the Dogs (Murdoch Mysteries)
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Published on 18 Oct. 2010 by Marshall Lord

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nice but i expected more...
...nice book,nothing special, i read it in a couple of hours and it's nice reading for example in train when maybe you don't have nothing to do, but having seen the tv serie i like that better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing "Acting Detective Murdoch" of Victoria's Canadian police, 18 Oct. 2010
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Marshall Lord (Whitehaven, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Except the Dying (Mass Market Paperback)
This is the first of seven historical murder mysteries set in Toronto, Canada towards the end of the 19th century and introduces Acting Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto police.

The series to date consists of

1) Except the Dying
2) Under the Dragon's Tail
3) Poor Tom is Cold
4) Let Loose the Dogs (Murdoch Mysteries)
5) Night's Child (Murdoch Mysteries)
6) Vices of My Blood
7) A Journeyman to Grief (Murdoch Mysteries)

The setting for these books is a beautifully recreated and painstakingly researched picture of Victorian Toronto. The series includes some descriptions of real buildings and practices as they existed at the time along with one or two real historical characters.

"Except the Dying" begins in the cold Canadian winter of February 1895, as the naken and frozen body of servant girl Therese Laporte, is found in a deserted lane. Acting detective William Murdock investigates and soon discovers that many of those close to the dead girl had secrets to hide. Was she killed to cover up a scandal? The investigation takes him from the drawing rooms of fashionable Toronto society to the brothels and alleys of the underbelly of society - and soon he finds himself in a race against time to save another young girl from being murdered ...
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great feel; Puts you "right" there, engaging., 29 July 1998
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This review is from: Except the Dying (Hardcover)
Jennings' insight into the human condition is provocative, yet touched with a velvet glove. In her first novel (mystery), she is able to transport the reader into another time and place enabling the reader to experience the Toronto of yesterday. Her characters are definitely not the stereotypical dribble that we too many times find in this genre. This is a mystery with real people, living real lives, in a real world. I highly recommend it as not only a "good read", but also as a time well spent. A good investment.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Good!, 5 April 1999
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This review is from: Except the Dying (Hardcover)
I read lots of mysteries, and this one especially delighted me with its well-drawn characters and period flavor. I didn't expect 1890s Toronto to be so interesting! The denouement is very exciting, and there are a couple of most-unusual crook nabbers who are particularly "fetching." EXCEPT THE DYING goes on my A#1 list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the source material, 16 Nov. 2013
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G. M. Sidoli "Ger the bookworm" (Enfield, Middx, England) - See all my reviews
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After many years of watching and enjoying the television series "Murdoch Mysteries" I thought it was time to try the novels of Maureen Jennings and where better to begin than with the first ever story. I've only just started the book but already I can see differences between the two which hasn't stopped me enjoying both versions of Bones/Kathy Reich books, Rizzoli and Isles/Tess Gerritsen books and Patricia Cornwell's books and their telly equivalent. All the more for me to appreciate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maureen Jennings, 10 April 2013
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I enjoy reading books by this author and this book certainly came up to expectations - Jennings "draws" great pictures of old Toronto.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice but i expected more..., 18 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Except the Dying (Mass Market Paperback)
...nice book,nothing special, i read it in a couple of hours and it's nice reading for example in train when maybe you don't have nothing to do, but having seen the tv serie i like that better.
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