Let Darkness Bury the Dead

Let Darkness Bury the Dead

Book - 2017
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"Canada's premier author of historical mystery fiction returns with a brand new and highly anticipated Murdoch Mystery, with an older and wiser Detective Murdoch. It is November 1917. The Great War is grinding on, chewing up young men by the thousands. Initially, in the loyal Dominion of Canada, people are mostly eager to support the Motherland and fight for the Empire. Men perceived as slackers or cowards are shunned. But the carnage is horrendous and with enforced conscription, the enthusiasm for war is dimming. William Murdoch is a widower, a senior detective who, thanks to the new temperance laws, spends his time tracking down bootleggers and tipplers; most unsatisfying. His wife, Amy, died giving birth to their second child, a girl who lived only a few hours more. Murdoch, racked by grief, withdrew from four-year-old, Jack. This he regrets and would dearly love to make up for his negligence. As we enter the story, Jack, now twenty-one, has returned from France after being wounded and gassed. It is soon apparent that he is deeply troubled and is bound by shared secrets to another wounded former soldier, Percy McKinnon. Murdoch suddenly has much more serious crimes than rum-running on his hands. The night after Jack and McKinnon arrive home, a young man is found beaten to death in the impoverished area of Toronto known as the Ward. Soon after, Murdoch has to deal with a tragic suicide, also a young man. Two more attacks follow in quick succession. The only common denominator is that all of the men were exempted from conscription. Increasingly worried that Jack knows more than he is letting on, Murdoch must solve these crimes before more innocents lose their lives."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, [2017]
ISBN: 9780771050589
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 23 cm.


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Apr 28, 2018

Very nice detective Murdoch story set in 1917 Toronto. Very well written. Simple

JessicaGma Mar 27, 2018

A wonderful return to the dark world of Murdoch in early Toronto. I did like the jump ahead to post Great War where Jack, his son, is also an important character. A nice mystery and new characters round out the novel. I was curious to know if the flu folks were getting was the Spanish flu, but I suppose time will tell.....Anyway, if you enjoyed the other novels, this will be perfect for you to read.

Feb 12, 2018

I'll start by saying it's a very good read, with an enjoyable story. Murdoch is the essentially the same, if older, as in the previous books, even though he did evolve.

What I find disappointing, is that the author felt the need to change the setting, as she explains it, so as to not confuse the viewers of the TV series. I like the series, and it is because of the TV shows that I discovered the books. Well, it did not take me long, when I read a Murdoch novel for the first time, to realize that Murdoch and Crabtree had considerably different personas that their TV representation. Please trust your readers to be intelligent to figure it out. True, some viewers might decide they like the tv shows better and give up on the book or books when they find out Crabtree does not provide comic relief, and Murdoch and Dr Ogden are not a couple. But would those viewers really take to a book in which Crabtree, Ogden and Brackenreid are not features? Furthermore, the plot revolve around Murdoch son coming home from WWI, and Crabtree is said to have 2 sons fighting in Europe. Would that not confuse fans of the series unfamiliar with the books, as both characters are childless as of this season, set in 1905 ?

Whereas I don't see the need to have rebooted the novel series, the reboot is done successfully, with a new assistant and a new potential romance for Murdoch. If Maureen Jennings decides to keep this setting for the next novel, it will be interesting to see how the new characters develop. As someone who prefers the novels to the TV series (even though I do enjoy the series), I hope more novels will follow, whether they are set in Victorian times or in the WWI era.

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