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Book Title: Except the Dying|
Date of issue: February 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9780857689870
The author of the book: Maureen Jennings
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 618 KB
Edition: Titan Publishing Company
Read full description of the books Except the Dying:I honestly admit, I'm a bit confused by this book. On the one hand, I really like it, but on the other, I am quite annoyed with it. Let me break it down into what worked and what didn't. Warning, here there be spoilers!
The attention to detail. This book is slow, building on the minutiae of daily life. As each day goes by, you learn more of the aspects of Victorian Canadian daily interactions. I liked this. There wasn't any sudden hook to force the characters into impossible reactive scenarios, and there was no real feel of urgency. A girl is found dead. Well now what? Let's go through the motions, step by step. I liked seeing that process.
What kinda worked:
-The jumping around of narrative. On the one hand, it can be seen as distracted ploy to make the reader think that it could be any of the characters. Since it never reveals who these character are doing these nefarious deeds, you just have to assume and piece it together, but often the assumption is wrong. I liked how it let you see more insight into some of the characters, but on the other, it felt like it weakened the overall book. Murdoch is not aware of these happenings, so if feels like the reader shouldn't be either. Also, at times it felt very much like a purposeful distraction to keep the reader guessing.
-Murdoch's character. I guess I'm bias because I fell in love with Yannick Bisson's portrayal of the perfect stoic, gentlemanly scholar. This Murdoch seems to lack a defining character. He's methodical and clever enough, I suppose, but it definitely doesn't seem as though he keeps up with the forefront of scientific discovery and knowledge that so emboldens the Bisson character. This Murdoch is rougher and more life-hardened. He swears a bit more, loses his cool a bit faster, drinks a bit more, and all in all, seems like the everyday kind of man, just doing his bit, toiling away, keeping his mouth shut to his superiors, and just trying to get by.
-How the case was solved. Murdoch solves this case, not through scientific experimentation or any notes of brilliance, but through copious interviews and following up on alibis. In fact, I was a bit disappointing that this case was solved by basically getting all the main suspects together in the same room and watching as they ratted each other out.
What didn't work:
-The motive. I don't know if I read this book too fast or what, but I couldn't find a motive. It seemed as though several events were going on, but not one addressed the question of why Therese died. We found out why she left, but not really what happened to her after. Was it coincidence that she was picked up? Was the death intentional? Was it a drugged orgy gone wrong? Just what kind of sordid stuff was the alderman involved in, and why was his servant so intent on killing everyone to "tie up loose end" that didn't seem to even be relevant? For a book that spent so much time on crafting the scene of Victorian Toronto, it seems a let down that the same attention to detail was left out of the character motive and psychology. I finished the booking thinking nothing made sense. I was more confused, and annoyed that there was no sense of closure.
Will I read more Murdoch Mysteries? Yes. Just because I loved how detailed and well written the historical scenes were. I just hope that the storylines get more flushed out.
Read information about the authorMaureen Jennings, now a Canadian Citizen, was born on Eastfield Road in Birmingham, England and spent her formative years there until she emigrated to Canada at the age of seventeen with her mother.
This has meant that she still feels a deep connection with her homeland. It has also no doubt been a strong influence in her love for, and her writing about, the Victorian period. She attended the University of Windsor where she attained a BA in philosophy and psychology.
A couple of years trying to decide what she really wanted to do with her life resulted in her returning to university, the University of Toronto, this time where she earned an MA in English literature.For the next eight years, she taught English at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute at a time when the English department seemed to be chock full of writers. Eric Wright, went on to write the highly successful Charlie Salter mystery series, Graeme Gibson, Peter Such, and others were writing both novels and poetry. An exciting time in so many ways but after eight years, another change of direction and in 1972, Maureen left Ryerson to become a psychotherapist, which was a long time interest. She has continued in private practice since then, although nowadays she mostly conducts creative expression groups and writes. Always passionate about dogs, she is happy to own a border collie named Jeremy-Brett and a mixed breed named Varley.
* Detective Murdoch
* Christine Morris
* Detective Inspector Tom Tyler
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