As a huge fan of the "Murdoch Mysteries" television show, I decided to buy some of the novels as my first Kindle books to read on vacation. As expected, the story was well-written, the plot well-crafted and believable, the dialog crisp and natural and the suspense held to the very last page with a plot twist at the very end that was at once surprising but eminently believable and satisfying. My only disappointment is that Detective Murdoch and Inspector Brackenreid are somewhat less appealing characters than those in the tv series. Even so, Murdoch's dialog is very much in character with that of his tv counterpart. Anyone who is a fan of the show or who likes historical murder mysteries, especially ones set in Canada or in the Victorian era would probably like this novel. It has not been made into an episode during the first 7 seasons of the tv show nor does it include any leading edge techniques for crime detection that are an important plot element for the tv series. The Victorian era was a harsh one for the poor and vulnerable and anyone who does not like to read about that probably won't want to read this book. This book and the television series each stand alone and neither will diminish the appeal of the other. I will read the other book I purchased and wait impatiently for Season 8 to appear on AcornTV. I only wish the episodes were broadcast in the U.S. at the same time as in Canada. The author has created an entertaining series and hopefully has many years of storytelling for this cast of characters.