Poor Tom Is Cold

Poor Tom Is Cold

A Murdoch Mystery

Book - 2010
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In this third adventure featuring the lovable detective William Murdoch, he 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.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2010, c2001
Edition: 1st McClelland & Stewart trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780771043376
0771043376
Branch Call Number: FIC Jenni 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 395 p. --

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PolyWogg
Sep 03, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
A good initial premise, but poorly executed.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Constable Oliver Wicken is dead -- the result of an apparent suicide while on duty. But Murdoch doesn't buy it, so he starts to investigate only to find a woman who claims to have just jilted him, hence the suicide. He still isn't satisfied, but with nothing else to go on, what can he do? Then another woman comes forward to say SHE was his girlfriend -- a second one and neither had ever been mentioned to his mother with whom he lived!
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WHAT I LIKED:
I liked the investigation trail and the confusing leads. As well, a little more development on the social side for Murdoch is well-written.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The social side is a little too introspective, not enough activity, and the links to a sub-story is poorly done, hence the death is explained but not well justified by the storyline. The treatment of some mentally unbalanced people is not particularly well done, and not just in terms of being politically incorrect.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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Nicofran
Jul 28, 2013

Une des histoires passionnantes du détective Murdoch. Elles sont toutes fascinantes, surtout après avoir vu le si bel acteur dans la série télévisée.

La série télévisée est très différente de l'histoire écrite. J'aime les deux, je ne peux jamais être rassasiée ni de un ni de l'autre.

Merveilleux

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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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ecarr1212
Jan 18, 2015

ecarr1212 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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