Women rich and poor come to her, desperate and in dire need of help – and discretion. Dolly Merishaw is a midwife and an abortionist in Victorian Toronto, but although she keeps quiet about her clients’ condition, her contempt for them and her greed leaves every one of them resentful and angry. So it comes as no surprise to Detective William Murdoch when this malicious woman is murdered. What is a shock, though, is that a week later a young boy is found dead in Dolly’s squalid kitchen. Now, Murdoch isn’t sure if he’s hunting one murderer – or two.
Maureen Jennings’s Detective Murdoch series has been a hit from the start. Published to rave reviews, the first novel, Except the Dying was shortlisted for both the Arthur Ellis and the Anthony first novel awards. The influential Drood Review picked Poor Tom Is Cold as one of its favourite mysteries of 2001. And Let Loose the Dogs was shortlisted for the 2004 Anthony Award for best historical mystery.
Three of the novels have been adapted for television, and four seasons of a television series, The Murdoch Mysteries, based on the characters from the novels, have been produced by Shaftesbury Films for CITY TV/Rogers, UKTV in Britain and distributed internationally by ITV/Granada international.
Born in the U.K., Jennings now lives in Toronto.
“Vivid… heartwrenching. Late-19th-century Toronto comes startlingly alive in Jennings’s second gripping tale.”
“A very powerful novel.”
“[Murdoch’s] warm heart makes him the right sleuth for this cold city.”
–New York Times
“There are touches of Anne Perry and Peter Lovesay in her clear-eyed look at the social ills of the period.”
“Grab a copy of Under the Dragon’s Tail … [Jennings has] a wonderful ability to describe this place and time.”
–Mystery Collectors’ BookLine
“A stupendously stimulating historical mystery that will garner new readers for a rising star.”
–Feminist Mystery Reviews