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Murdoch Mysteries Review – Manual For Murder

Manual For Murder
What An Unpleasant Surprise: Murdoch and Brackenreid run into Ralph Fellows at a retirement party.

William (Yannick Bisson) and Julia (Hélène Joy) discover that someone is committing the murders detailed in their new book, chapter by chapter, in Manual For Murder.

The episode begins with another sparsely-attended book reading for William and Julia. William begins to read Solving Murders aloud and says each chapter reveals a different murder and how it was solved. He starts with the case of the electroplated works of art that began showing up around Toronto. Viewers will recall they were actually the bodies of young women from the season 9 episode Barenaked Ladies.

Constable Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) interrupts him, to tell him he is needed at the Windsor House Hotel, as the owner believes she has discovered a body in the lobby. He and Julia apologize to those in attendance and leave.

They arrive and hotel detective Ralph Fellows (Colin Mochrie) shows them what he calls an electroplated body on a chair. “Just as in our book,” William says to Julia. “Have you read our book then?” she asks Fellows.

“It may astonish the two of you that the world doesn’t revolve around just you,” Fellows says. “The case was in the newspapers.”

William pierces the electroplate and finds blood. Continue reading “Murdoch Mysteries Review – Manual For Murder”

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Murdoch Mysteries Review – One Minute To Murder

One Minute To Murder
Dull Demonstration: Murdoch shows the process of fingerprinting to a less than enthusiastic audience.

When a man is electrocuted during a typing contest that includes George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and Louise Cherry (Bea Santos), Murdoch believes the tenacious reporter was the planned target in One Minute To Murder.

Season 12, Episode 15 begins as contestants limber up their fingers for the demonstration of the Langston Electric Typewriter. Julia (Hélène Joy) and William (Yannick Bisson) are in attendance, to cheer George on. He doesn’t do so well though and ends up with a paltry score of 31 words per minute.

Miss Cherry looks at George before her turn and smugly says: “Watch how it’s done.” But her attempt is cut short when her right hand cramps up.

“My deepest regrets Miss Cherry,” George says, smirking.

The next contestant is lightning fast, but his attempt culminates in a spark coming from the typewriter. He collapses and Julia and William rush to the stage. She takes his pulse. “He’s dead William.” Continue reading “Murdoch Mysteries Review – One Minute To Murder”

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Murdoch Mysteries Review – Sins Of The Father

Sins Of The Father
Stop Right There: William seeks justice for his murdered father Harry.

Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) asks Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) to investigate the aftermath of a rooming house fire on the poor side of town in Sins of the Father.

George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and William Murdoch arrive at the scene of the fire just as a body is being removed. They search it for clues and find a key and a metal cigarette case. Inside the case are cigarettes and a tinplate photo of a man and a boy.

“Oh my God,” Murdoch says, clearly shaken.

“You know these people? Crabtree asks.

“That’s me,” Murdoch replies. “This man is my father.” Continue reading “Murdoch Mysteries Review – Sins Of The Father”