Books by Maureen Jennings

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Jennings (Dead Ground in Between, 2016, etc.) provides a melancholy and nuanced meditation on the war and a welcome return for fans of this long-dormant series."
After a 10-year hiatus from print, during which he was seen only on television (in The Artful Detective), Detective William Murdoch resurfaces, older, wiser, and sadder, in 1917 Toronto, amid the fear and losses of World War I. Read full book review >
A JOURNEYMAN TO GRIEF by Maureen Jennings
Released: May 1, 2007

"A surprisingly tender tale of slavery, addiction, violence and revenge served ice-cold. "
An interrupted 19th-century honeymoon ends 38 years later in a violent outburst. Read full book review >
LET LOOSE THE DOGS by Maureen Jennings
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Not only the most generously plotted of Murdoch's four cases (Poor Tom is Cold, 2001, etc.), but the one whose constant reminders of mortality, via wounded dogs, chicks, and rats, are the most piercing."
The last time Acting Detective William Murdoch, of Toronto's Number Four Station, saw his father was in 1873, and to Murdoch, remembering the alcoholism and violent outbursts that led him to run away from home with his sister Susanna, the ensuing 22 years have not been long enough. Read full book review >
POOR TOM IS COLD by Maureen Jennings
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"As carefully sensitive as Jennings's first two evocations of 1895 Toronto (Under the Dragon's Tail, 1998, etc.), though perhaps the most thinly plotted of all."
When Constable Oliver Wicken, of Toronto's number four station, doesn't appear at his late-night check point, acting detective William Murdoch goes looking for him, and all too soon discovers his body inside an abandoned house along his beat. Read full book review >
UNDER THE DRAGON'S TAIL by Maureen Jennings
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Her work may be a test case for the future development of this popular hybrid formula."
Dolly Merishaw was a competent enough midwife, but that's not a good enough reason to grieve for her, especially considering all the nefarious tricks she played on the desperate women among her clientele. Read full book review >
EXCEPT THE DYING by Maureen Jennings
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"Surely this talented newcomer will conclude her next novel more compellingly."
How ungrateful of Therese Laporte to leave her maid's post with Dr. Rhodes in Toronto to sneak out of the house and return to her family back in Chatham without any notice or explanation but a hastily scrawled paper. Read full book review >