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Review of CBC's "Murdoch Mysteries"

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Murdoch Mysteries


One of the reasons that I really enjoy Netflix is that you can browse the library, find a series that you have never seen, and then watch it at your leisure from the first episode to the last. I think I have a new one that most of you will enjoy: Murdoch Mysteries.
Murdoch Mysteries is based on a series of novels by Maureen Jennings, starts in 1895 in Victorian era, Toronto, Canada. Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), who likes to pedal around town on his bicycle, uses rather unconventional methods to solve his cases: he uses forensics. (Think turn of the century CSI.)
Murdoch introduces us to “finger marking” (fingerprinting), blood spatter, and trace evidence, as just a few of tricks of the trade. His superior, Inspector Brachenreid (Thomas Craig), who has an affinity for drink, and prefers conventional methods of solving crime, bumps heads at times with Murdoch but appears intrigued Murdoch’s ideas. Murdoch is assisted by two main characters: Doctor Julia Ogden (Helene Joy), who seems to fancy Murdoch, and Constable George Crabtree, a hapless, yet loyal supporter of the detective.
One of the interesting aspects of the show is the infusion of historical figures that make guest appearances. I have only watched about five episodes and already, Thomas Edison, Nicholas Tesla, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have assisted Detective Murdoch in solving cases.
Murdoch Mysteries is entering its 8th season, but the first 39 episodes can be seen at Neflix. This great stuff for filling in your evenings. I give it 4 of 5 “finger marks.”