Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings

344 pages first pub 1997 (editions)

fiction historical mystery dark mysterious medium-paced


In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl’s simple life has something to hide.

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mysterious 100%
dark 80%
tense 40%
adventurous 20%


medium 80%
slow 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 100%

Strong character development?

No: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

Loveable characters?

No: 66% | N/A: 16% | Yes: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 83% | Yes: 16%

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