Except the Dying

Except the Dying

Book - 1997
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In the middle of the bitterly cold winter of 1895 in Toronto, the naked body of a young servant girl has recently been discovered in a deserted laneway.Detective William Murdoch must determine the reason why she died under such miserable circumstances.To catch his criminal, Murdoch crosses the class lines of a society that still clings to a British hierarchical system, and behind the chenille curtains of the wealthy, he uncovers personalities capable of committing ugly crimes.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 1997.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312168292
Branch Call Number: M JENN
Characteristics: vii, 255 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 27, 2015

I agree with Dangling Conversation in that Insp. Murdock seem naive in this 1st novel. I do not like to read him as being so vulnerable and jejune. People, esp. men, must have been much more inclined to believe whatever they were told by church/government/employer authorities and his blind belief in the moral teachings of Holy Mother Church makes Murdock appear to be nearly stupid. It's a good think he wises up in later writings.

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.

AuntJane Feb 16, 2014

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

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

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


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