Under the Dragon's Tail

Under the Dragon's Tail

A Murdoch Mystery

Book - 1998
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Desperate women, rich and poor, come to her in 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 and greed leaves them resentful and angry. So it comes as no surprise 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, Detective Murdoch isn't sure if he's hunting one murderer - or two.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780771095979
9780312193485
0312193483
Branch Call Number: JENN
Characteristics: 243 p

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Rubicat
Oct 27, 2015

I cannot comment on the authenticity (or otherwise) of the the turn of the century police work, it SEEMS realistic. Because the behavior of these characters is so strange to me, I find it difficult to understand their behavior and I think that they overlook some very obvious (to me) clues but I'm pretty sure that's pretty easy to do from my viewpoint of 100 years of forensic science and detective work and psychology. Oh well, I REALLY enjoy the characters and the stories.

AuntJane Apr 01, 2014

This is a great detective series based in Victorian Toronto. The author includes scenes and historic detail from the detectives home life and surroundings so it creates a great atmosphere for the story.

Although the protagonist is a male police detective, I find this character somewhat faye although he does get to the bottom of the Victorian Toronto crime scene. It is always interesting to read about crime solving without the overlay of high tech tools. The sad reality of dire poverty and petty Protestant vs Catholic tensions make interesting reading. The author would increase her fan base if she pitched her writing to a more sophisticated reader. She is working with interesting characters and she clearly has a good grasp of the historical times but her writing style is boring.

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OttawaWendy
Dec 11, 2009

This series combines a solid police procedural style with authentic 1890s Toronto environment and situations.

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