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Publisher's Summary

In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the naked body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. The young victim was pregnant when she died. Detective William Murdoch soon discovers that many of those connected with the girl's life have secrets to hide. Was her death on attempt to cover up a scandal in one of the city's influential families?
©1997 Maureen Jennings (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A finely flavored plot, credible characters, and detailed atmosphere make this a winner." (Library Journal)
"Turn-of-the-century Toronto makes an evocative setting for murder in Except the Dying, a skillful first novel that is interesting both for its historical accuracy and its fully realized characters." ( review)
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By connie on 06-22-12

Gritty not grisly; above average Victorian mystery

I am biased because I LOVED the Canadian setting -- but that could make this series of interest to other fans of the rapidly-multiplying Victorian-set mystery genre: the Toronto setting helps the listen keep some of the genre cliches at bay. The strength of the novel is its depiction of the daily grind of the poor - The author goes beyond trite description and into the chamber pots and privies. It's also the kind of police procedural that describes more scenes of tea drinking conversations than Hollywood-hopeful action.

Parts of the listen make it identifiably a first novel, but I really look forward to the rest of the series for summer listening. I am undecided about the narrator - it sounds like a site-read job, but he seems to handle some of the regional accents well and with imagination.

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By Sarah on 06-09-16

If you like the show - don't buy

Between the engorged male parts and the naked breasts this was a horrible mystery. I got this book cause my husband and I love the television series. Light funny and a good mystery show and this book was none of that. I hated and it took everything in me to finish it. I will not get any more in the series. Horrible just horrible.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Edward Smith on 02-28-17

Rather a dull "read"

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I've watched the Murdoch Mysteries on TV, and really enjoyed them, so I thought I'd enjoy this book. Unfortunately, I found it to be very slow and dull. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

Would you be willing to try another book from Maureen Jennings? Why or why not?

I'd be reluctant because I didn't particularly enjoy this one.

Do you think Except the Dying needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


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By teacherstevo on 08-15-17

Detective Thriller of 1899

The audio production was excellent. The narrator does an excellent job and uses a array of voices which are distinct.

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By Sandra on 03-29-16

Very good

Interesting story with some great twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the end. Characterisation is good, but don't expect the loveable portrayals you see in the TV show; I'm a fan of Murdoch Mysteries and still enjoyed this book.

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