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Vices of My Blood: A Detective Murdoch Mystery Paperback – Apr 4 2006

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition edition (April 4 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771043767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771043765
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #571,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Jennings brings to life a violent but vital society of astonishing contradictions.”
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“Jennings has always had a fine eye for telling details and good characters.”
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“[Night’s Child is] a well-written, tightly plotted mystery. . . . We feel the chill of the poorly heated rooms.”
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HASH(0xa648c450) 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa62a4bdc) out of 5 stars grim reality? July 12 2013
By P. Hartman - Published on Amazon.com
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I read these books because I absolutely love the Canadian TV show. However, Ms. Jennings style is far away from the TV series. She has more in common with Dickens and other somewhat dystopian novels of the 19th century. the poor people here really suffer and injustice is the order of the day. This is also shown on TV, but the humor (Thomas Craig constantly spurting out "Bloody Hell") softens the effect. In this novel, the corruption of a man of the cloth is exposed and here the story differs from what would probably have been known at that time. That is, in the 1890's, the truth might not have been revealed due to the incomprehensible horror of it. So, while the story recreates the grim atmosphere of that period, it also exposes the underbelly of social ills in a more 21st century style.
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HASH(0xa616730c) 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.
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HASH(0xa5e2ea74) out of 5 stars Vices of My Bllod (Murdoch Mystery) April 2 2013
By Vanessa E Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book even though this series is different from the T.V. version. The names are the same and it's also in Toronto, Ontario. By the description, I recognize a few places. I'm really enjoying Maureen Jennings books and I'm slowly going through her series of Murdoch Mysteries. So far I've read four of them.
Vanessa Roberts
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HASH(0xa6636054) 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.

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