Weekend Reads: “Except the Dying”
I’m looking forward to saying hello to Maureen Jennings, who is one of the guests of honor at Left Coast Crime, and telling her how much I’ve enjoyed the Murdoch mysteries over the years.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m a huge fan of “The Artful Detective,” as the “Murdoch Mysteries” are known in the US. I have all of the available seasons on DVD. I’ve all four of the movies. I’ve now also read several of the books.
So, now that that’s out of the way … you know going into it that I’m a fan.
In this book, Toronto police detective William Murdoch is investigating the murders of two women. One is found with no clothing, and it takes a while to identify that she is the maid of a well-to-do family. The other is a prostitute. While others don’t see how the murders could be related, Murdoch is convinced that they’re connected.
The book is rife with historical detail about women’s roles, the practice of medicine, and even police work in the mid-19th Century. We also see a bit about Toronto’s politics during the time period.
This book was a “ripping good yarn,” filled with lots of believable characters and plot twists. If you’re a fan of the Murdoch series (as I am), I highly recommend that you check out the books.