A Journeyman to Grief

A Journeyman to Grief

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Random House, Inc.
The abduction of a young woman in 1858 ends in Toronto thirty-eight years later — in murder.

In 1858, a young woman on her honeymoon is forcibly abducted and taken across the border from Canada and sold into slavery. Thirty-eight years later, Detective Murdoch is working on a murder case that will take all of his resourcefulness to solve. The owner of one of Toronto’s livery stables has been found dead. He has been horsewhipped and left hanging from his wrists in his tack room, and his wife claims that a considerable sum of money has been stolen. Then a second man is also murdered, his body strangely tied as if he were a rebellious slave. Murdoch has to find out whether Toronto’s small “coloured” community has a vicious murderer in its midst — an investigation that puts his own life in danger.

Maureen Jennings’s trademark in her popular and acclaimed Detective Murdoch series is to reveal a long-forgotten facet about life in the city that dispels any notion that it really ever was “Toronto the Good.” As well, in A Journeyman to Grief, an exceptionally well plotted and engrossing story, she shows just how a great harm committed in the past can erupt fatally in the present.

Publisher: Toronto : M&S, c2007
ISBN: 9780771043383
Branch Call Number: FIC Jenni
Characteristics: 341 p.


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BookReviewer2015 Jan 09, 2020

Excellent murder mystery set in the enthralling however alien world of late 19th Century old Toronto.

It really builds on the television show. I look forward to reading all the other books in the series.

Nov 27, 2018

Quite different from the TV Series but still entertaining, takes on the serious theme of slavery, and manages to convey it accurately and respectfully. The prose is bare bones but good enough not to get in the way.

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