Except the Dying Author:Maureen Jennings As the unforgiving cold swirled around the girl's unclad body, the bleakness of malice reflected in her lifeless eyes. There was something more sinister than the frigid Canadian weather responsible for Theresa Laporte's death, and Detective William Murdoch was going to uncover it all. The girl had opium in her system and an unborn child ... more »in her belly--with evidence suggesting both may have been forced upon her unwillingly. Retracing the frightened girl's steps takes Murdoch through the high and low streets of Victorian Toronto, bringing him from a den of doxies to the well-appointed parlors of the city's most influential families. Everyone has secrets lurking in the shadows--and Murdoch is caught between his own conscience and pressure from above to solve the murder while shielding the city's elite.« less
This is the first book in this series, set in late 19th century Toronto, Ont., and it is really very good, especially in its discussion of the differences in how the various classes lived, were treated etc. I am going to read all of the series, if I can find them. "Under the Dragon's Tail" is the second one which I read before this one. The plots, characters etc. are sequential and I recommend reading them in order.
This author was nominated for an Anthony Award for this, her first novel. The book starts off rather slowly and then picks up speed. A number of well-realized characters, reminding one of Ann Perry. Hope to see more of Murdoch, her policeman protagonist.