For the past few months, I’ve been in a “book drought,” where I haven’t felt like touching a book. So, to break my “spell,” and catch up on my reading challenge for 2017, I decided to re-enter my favourite Canadian series, “Murdoch Mysteries.” Here is my review of the 4th installment, “Let Loose the Dogs.”
In Let Loose the Dogs, readers rejoin William Murdoch, who, despite a family tragedy, attempts to seek the truth about the events surrounding the murder of John Delaney. Unfortunately, all of the evidence seems to lead Will straight to the Don Jail where his estranged father has been convicted of the crime and sentenced to hang. Can William reveal new evidence from that night? Or did the Murdoch elder truly kill a man over gambling debts
Let Loose the Dogs is Another excellent display by the author, Maureen Jennings; In fact, I could say that it’s my favourite Murdoch book so far. Over the course of two nights, this installment has reaffirmed my love for Detective William Murdoch; his honest nature and tenacity to uncover the truth, no matter the result, is a beautiful quality.
I find it almost impossible to review Let Loose the Dogs in great detail, because, As usual, Jennings had an engaging plot with interesting and well-developed characters. I don’t think that there was a single thing I disliked about this novel. However, towards the end, there was a storyline seemingly tossed out of nowhere about another crime/investigation that was taking place.
Nevertheless, I believe that Let Loose the Dogs was a great book and I would highly recommend this series to fans of police procedurals/historical fiction.
What I Liked
- Historical accuracy
- Engaging plot
- Well-developed characters
What I Didn’t Like
My Overall Rating for Let Loose the Dogs
5 out of 5 stars
Other Books in the Murdoch Series
- Except the Dying
- Under the Dragon’s Tail
- Poor Tom is Cold
- Let Loose the Dogs
- Night’s Child
- Vices of my Blood
- A Journeyman to Grief
About the Author:
This has meant that she still feels a deep connection with her homeland. It has also no doubt been a strong influence in her love for, and her writing about, the Victorian period. She attended the University of Windsor where she attained a BA in philosophy and psychology.
A couple of years trying to decide what she really wanted to do with her life resulted in her returning to university, the University of Toronto, this time where she earned an MA in English literature. For the next eight years, she taught English at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute at a time when the English department seemed to be chock full of writers. Eric Wright, went on to write the highly successful Charlie Salter mystery series, Graeme Gibson, Peter Such, and others were writing both novels and poetry. An exciting time in so many ways but after eight years, another change of direction and in 1972, Maureen left Ryerson to become a psychotherapist, which was a long time interest. She has continued in private practice since then, although nowadays she mostly conducts creative expression groups and writes. Always passionate about dogs, she is happy to own a border collie named Jeremy-Brett and a mixed breed named Varley