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28 April 2017

Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

Except the Dying is the first of Maureen Jennings' book about Detective William Murdoch in Victorian Toronto. Yes, the same William Murdoch of the hit tv series Murdoch Mysteries ... sort of. I say "sort of" because although the show is based on the characters and set in the same time period and location, the similarities between the show (now in its tenth season) and the books (at least this first one of seven) are few and far between. I'm pretty sure that if I had read the books first, I probably wouldn't have continued to watch the show past the first episode or two. They're that different. The book is beautifully dark and gritty and far more serious. Jennings has a way with words that, now, almost seem to be satired in the show. I'm greatly looking forward to picking up the next book in the series ... and now not so excited for the next episode.

Friday 56 (today is page 156 from the paperback) is hosted at Freda's Voice & 
Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.

From Amazon:


  1. I think if I would have read most of the mystery series I like watching now first I wouldn't like the shows so I am kind of glad I didn't know most where books before watching. :) I really want to try this series! I am now curious to see how different it is from the show.

    1. I refuse to read Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books until I'm out of mourning for the show. I don't want it tarnished!

  2. I've not watched the show or read the books. I like the writing already.

    My Friday 56 from Origin

  3. I love the sound of this one, and the setting appeals to me. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SWEET WILLIAM”

  4. Somehow I haven't heard of this one before. I like the sound of the first line. It's interesting.

  5. I haven't heard of this author or the show before, but the beginning and 56 are pretty interesting.

  6. This sounds really good. I'll have to look for a copy. I'm reading a science fiction novel from my TBR stack - Dragon's Time by Todd McCaffrey. Happy reading!

  7. When I drink I am a giggler, too, so I can relate to a tipsy character. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sounds like a good mystery! Happy weekend!

  9. I love these snippets - thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ Always Me