After 13-year-old Agnes Fisher faints at school, her teacher, the young and still idealistic Amy Slade, is shocked to discover in the girl’s desk two stereoscopic photographs. One is of a dead baby in its cradle, and on the back Agnes has scrawled a terrible message. Worse, the other photograph is of Agnes in a pose captioned “What Mr. Newly Wed Really Wants.” When Agnes doesn’t show up at school the next day, her teacher takes the two photographs to the police. Murdoch, furious at the sexual exploitation of such a young girl, resolves to find the photographer - and to put him behind bars.
Night’s Child is the fifth novel in Maureen Jennings’s highly praised historical mystery series. Three of Jennings’s novels have been made into TV movies under the title Murder 19C: The Murdoch Mysteries.
“Jennings has...a fine eye for telling details and good characters.” (Globe and Mail)
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The Murdoch Series from 1895 Toronto.
Not Like the TV s.how
If you are considering this title because you love the TV show and the characters portrayed there; you may be very disappointed. The story is Ok but not overly clever and even the hero is less than admirable. The narrator is quite good though.
- Adrienne Lirio