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Except the Dying

A Murdoch Mystery

Jennings, Maureen

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Except the Dying
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In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl's simple life has something to hide.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2010, c1997
ISBN: 0771043317
9780771043314
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY JENNINGS 2010
Characteristics: 345 p. :,port. ;,21 cm

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In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the frozen body of a servant girl is found. Detective William Murdoch is put on the case.

In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl's simple life has something to hide.


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Jul 27, 2014
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good read but Inspector Murdock is a bit naieve and moralisitc. His Catholicism sets him up to be bullied by his superiors. An OK read but I know Murdock matures in later novels and it is not inspiring to see him in a more vulnerable iteration.

Feb 16, 2014
  • AuntJane rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Read this for Book Group and thought it was great! Interesting detective and storyline - lots of historical atmosphere created by the varied settings in shops, men's clubs, stables, drab apartments, etc. Can't wait to read more of this detective!

Jun 17, 2010
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Inspector Murdock is a detetive with the Toronto police in the 1880s. He lives a quiet life, renting two rooms in a boarding house, still in morning for the loss of his fiance two years before.

Then the body of a young woman is found naked in the snow one night. Murdock is thrust into an investigation of sexual assualt, prostitution, and the seedy underside of the monied classes of Victorian Toronto.

Author Maureen Jennings has created a very rich mystery, where we follow Murdock as he tries to figure out who killed the young serving girl. Victorian era Toronto proves to be an intersting back drop for the typical murder mystery. Without DNA, profilling, fingerprinting and other modern crimesolving tools, Murdock still manages to figure out what happened, using good old fashioned police work.

And execellent book to curl up with on a rainy day.

Dec 11, 2009
  • OttawaWendy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This series combines a solid police procedural style with authentic 1890s Toronto environment and situations.

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