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Night's Child: A Detective Murdoch Mystery (Detective Murdoch Mysteries) Paperback – May 10, 2005

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“The portrayal of Victorian life in Toronto rings true. We feel the chill of the poorly heated rooms and sympathize with all those at the margins of society. . . . This is a well-written, tightly plotted mystery.”
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“Jennings has . . . a fine eye for telling details and good characters.”
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After thirteen-year-old Agnes Fisher faints at school, her teacher, the young and still idealistic Amy Slade, is shocked to discover in the girl's desk two stereoscopic photographs. One is of a dead baby in its cradle, and on the back Agnes has scrawled a terrible message. Worse, the other photograph is of Agnes in a pose captioned "What Mr. Newly Wed Really Wants." When Agnes doesn't show up at school the next day, her teacher takes the two photographs to the police. Murdoch, furious at the sexual exploitation of such a young girl, resolves to find the photographer - and to put him behind bars.
"Night's Child is the fifth novel in Maureen Jennings's highly praised historical mystery series. Two of the stories have already been adapted for the small screen, in acclaimed movies aired by the Bravo network. Another four movies are in development - good news for Jennings's fast-growing number of avid fans.
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Product Details

  • Series: Detective Murdoch Mysteries
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1St Edition edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771043740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771043741
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,349,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The seven books in this series have been re-issued with matching covers taken from the television series, which is pleasing for fans of the show but not always appropriate for the later books in the series as the characters shown are not all present once the series progresses. This is actually my first read in this series but I'm no stranger to Murdoch. I've watched the three movies which are based completely on the first three books in the series and I've watched the occasional episode of the television show which is not based on any particular book but is based on the characters from the books. So as I read my fist acting Detective Murdoch mystery I was met with a cast of familiar characters and felt right at home. I really enjoyed the book which set in Victorian Toronto Canada involves a crime centering around a ring of child pornography photographers whose crimes escalate to exploitation and much worse up to and including murder. This is one of Murdoch's most deplorable cases and has many sidelines as well such as rising feminism, a unique form of labour union and Murdoch's continuous struggles with his love life. The case wasn't exactly a mystery as we knew who one culprit was fairly early but the other was a surprise at the end and the book ends off with Murdoch's life taking on a whole new set of circumstances. A great read for those wanting something just a little more than a cozy (but not too much) and for Victorian era fans. Will most certainly be getting around to reading this whole series one of these days!
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I have been watching the Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix and have really enjoyed them so I decided to read one of the books that series is based on.

There are some differences, of course, but it was still an enjoyable read. What I like is that these stories set in Victorian times parallel things that are happening today. Showing that the more things change - the more they stay the same.

There were a couple of mysteries going on in this book and finding out how Murdoch solves both of them is fun. It seemed like this wasn't a very long book - but it is actually 312 pages. It just went seemed to go by faster than that.

It seems to me that the portrayal of that time period is pretty accurate. The book was well written and kept my interest.

Those that have only watched the series - be aware that Murdoch is quite a bit less straight laced in the books than he is in the series.
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If you enjoy reading about victorian times - you will love this book- it is about how hard times were for

poor people - It has a great mystery plot and wonderful people !
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This is one of those cases where the books and the tv series are very different with regards to the main characters. I really like the TV series. However, although the book is well written and well researched, the characters and their relationships are so different that I could not enjoy the book. It confirms one of my "rules of thumb". If I like the book - I won't watch the movie. If I like the movie - I won't buy the book.
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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.
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Excellent story, kept me reading on my Kindle ap wherever I was. Keep writing more Detective Murdoch mysteries please, Maureen Jennings.
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The author puts historical points throughout her narrative and makes this reader feel as if he was present as the story developed. Maureen never disappoints!!

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Murdoch mysteries demonstrate forensic studies before its time with insight to industrialization
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