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Poor Tom Is Cold | [Maureen Jennings]

Poor Tom Is Cold

In this, his third adventure, the lovable detective William Murdoch becomes involved with the apparent suicide of Constable Oliver Wicken, a man who was the sole support of his mother and invalid sister. But further investigation by Detective Murdoch takes him far afield, and he begins to suspect that the Eakin family, whose house adjoins the one where Wicken died, is more involved with the case than they admit. Here, once again, Maureen Jennings brings the period vividly to life.
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In this, his third adventure, the lovable detective William Murdoch becomes involved with the apparent suicide of Constable Oliver Wicken, a man who was the sole support of his mother and invalid sister. But further investigation by Detective Murdoch takes him far afield, and he begins to suspect that the Eakin family, whose house adjoins the one where Wicken died, is more involved with the case than they admit.

Whether describing a tooth extraction, the unquestioning prejudice toward the few Chinese immigrants in the city, or the well-intentioned but bizarre treatment of mentally ill women, Maureen Jennings, once again, brings the period vividly to life.

©2010 Maureen Jennings (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Jennings has a wonderful feel for the places and tasks that give life and context to a character." (New York Times Book Review)

"Readers are given a vivid, heart-wrenching picture of the poverty of many in Victorian Toronto." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Kathleen
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
    27/08/12
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    "No. 3 in the Detective Murdoch series, Toronto"

    This is the third in the series involving 1855 Canada. Detective William Murdoch becomes involved with the apparent suicide of Constable Oliver Wicken, a man who was
    the sole support of his mother and invalid sister. But further investigation by Detective Murdoch takes him far afield, and he begins to suspect that the
    Eakin family, whose house adjoins the one where Wicken died, is more involved with the case than they admit. We read about a tooth extraction (done with the newly in use laughing gas). We read of the
    prejudice toward the few Chinese immigrants, a prejudice which makes Chinese witnesses, such as a laundry owner, unwilling to come forward, and the treatment of mentally ill women, which leads to the disbelief in a woman regarding what she knew and saw. This is a great addition to the series introducing us to a possible romantic interest for Detective Murdoch but with some complications, and the continued presence of the other lovable characters already introduced, such as the family he lives with and rents from.

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