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Vices of My Blood: A Detective Murdoch Mystery [Paperback]

Maureen Jennings
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April 4 2006
The compelling new novel by Canada’s answer to Anne Perry.

In his forties, the Reverend Charles Howard still cut an impressive figure. A married Presbyterian minister in Toronto’s east end, Howard was popular with the congregation that elected him, especially with the ladies, and most particularly with Miss Sarah Dignam. Respected in the community, Howard, as Visitor for the House of Industry, sat in judgment on the poor, assessing their applications for the workhouse.

But now Howard is dead, stabbed and brutally beaten by someone he invited into his office. His watch and boots are missing. Has some poor beggar he turned down taken his vengeance?

Murdoch’s investigation takes him into the arcane Victorian world of queer plungers — men who fake injury all the better to beg — and the destitute who had nowhere left to turn when they knocked on the Reverend Howard’s door.

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“Jennings brings to life a violent but vital society of astonishing contradictions.”
New York Times Book Review

“Jennings has always had a fine eye for telling details and good characters.”
Globe and Mail

“[Night’s Child is] a well-written, tightly plotted mystery. . . . We feel the chill of the poorly heated rooms.”
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 5 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A big thumbs up! Jan. 5 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Maureen Jennings moved to Canada from Birmingham, England when she was seventeen. After studying Philosophy, Psychology, and English literature, she became an English teacher at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. After eight years of teaching, she did an about face and set herself up as a psychotherapist. VICES OF MY BLOOD is her sixth Detective Murdoch mystery, but she has also published a non-fiction book entitled MAP OF YOUR MIND.

Detective Murdoch is called when Charles Howard, a Presbyterian minister, is found in his office stabbed and beaten. Murdoch has just made detective, and murder isn't a normal occurrence. Naturally it seems obvious to everyone, including Murdoch's boss, that the murderer is one of the "tramps" in town. But there is more to this mystery than meets the eye, and Murdoch tries to sift through various motives. Could the murderer have been a spurned spinster? Could the "Traveler" have stooped to murder? How about someone desperate for food who was refused by Howard in his role as a "Visitor?" All Murdoch has to go on is the fact that Howard's boots and watch were stolen and that the crime was one of passion:

"'You'd say a thief then, would you, detective?" asked Royce. 'That or somebody wants us to think so." Mr. Lyons indicated he had a question. "Dr. Ogden in her excellent testimony has told us that there is every indication that the assailant was in a mad fury. I wonder then, if a person in such a state would have the presence of mind to deliberately mislead the police. I beg your pardon, Mr. Murdoch, I have no wish to cast aspersions on your competence.'"

There is something about Canadian mysteries that promises a slow but steady character and plot development that culminates in a neat package. Maureen Jennings is no exception. This is a period mystery, and Jennings has evidently done her research. We are transported back into the world of Victorian Canada in this case, where women stayed at home with their bodices and meek subservience to their husbands. Jennings creates a murky scenario with stand out characters and a whodunit that is as elusive as Murdoch's killer. A big thumbs up!

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great series June 11 2014
By telephoneoperator - Published on Amazon.com
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If your a fan of mysteries then The Murdoch Mysteries are so very worth your time and money. There are only 7 books in the series so start with book one. Each book leaves you wanting more and you'll be sorely disappointed when you come to the end. Vices in my blood is a page turner. Inspector Murdoch is a determined, honest, truth seeker and the best copper of his time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly rich historical detail and characters April 26 2014
By Nanner - Published on Amazon.com
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This William Murdoch is very different from the Canadian TV series, but is still intriguing to follow as he probes Victorian society's underbelly for both victim and culprit of grisly murders. The historical detail is amazingly rich, as is the mix of immigrants, cultures, and mores which populate late-19th century Toronto.
5.0 out of 5 stars Maureen Jennings writes strong characters and great plots! March 8 2014
By David H. Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is yet another wonderful book in this series. It's fun to read bits in the novels which have been picked up in the TV series, either side characters or plot devices. But whether or not you see the TV series (available in the U.S. only on DVD, at least in my part of the U.S.) these books stand alone as good reads.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the books and the TV show although they a quite different. Nov. 22 2013
By xwxman - Published on Amazon.com
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A very good picture of late 19th century life. The stories are entertaining and move along at a good pace. My only negative is that Murdoch could be a bit more introspective about the case rather than the periphery characters who surround him, but its a minor point. I really enjoyed all the books of this series.
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