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Let Loose the Dogs (Detective Murdoch #4)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  544 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
In Let Loose the Dogs, Murdoch’s life and work overlap tragically. His sister, who long ago fled to a convent to escape their abusive father, is on her deathbed. Meanwhile, Harry Murdoch, the father whom Murdoch long ago shut out of his life, has been charged with murder and calls on his estranged son to prove his innocence. But, knowing his father, what is Murdoch to beli ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published May 18th 2004 by McClelland & Stewart (first published January 6th 2003)
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C Valeri
Jan 04, 2017 C Valeri rated it it was amazing
Exciting story...probably the best and most in-depth of the series so far!
I enjoy this detective series as well as the TV show even though it is only loosely based on the books!
Toronto Detective William Murdoch has a lot on his mind; his sister, Sister Philomena, is dying. His father, from whom he has long been estranged, has been convicted of murdering a man over gambling debts in a dog fight ... and then there is the lovely widow Enid Jones, for whom he has been pining during the previous two books I read in the series.

When Murdoch's father asks him to re-investigate the murder of which he has been convicted, loudly proclaiming his innocence, Murdoch is skeptical. He
Miłośniczka Książek
Oct 10, 2016 Miłośniczka Książek rated it really liked it
Shelves: krymina
"Kto powinien sięgnąć po tę powieść? Może i się powtórzę, gdyż pisałam o tym przy okazji omawiania poprzednich tomów, ale w tym wypadku powinno zostać mi to wybaczone – bowiem zdania nie zmieniłam i, jak sądzę, już nie zmienię. A więc kogo powinna zainteresować ta pozycja? Miłośników kryminałów, zwłaszcza tych retro. Amatorów detektywistycznych zagadek rozwiązywanych w starym, dobrym stylu. Pasjonatów spraw, których wyjaśnienie do samego końca pozostaje tajemnicą. Czytelników ceniących towarzyst ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Very intense, hard to put down and learned a lot more about Murdoch! Can't wait to read the next one!
D. Norman
May 17, 2017 D. Norman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one of the series, so far.
April Wilson
Mar 09, 2017 April Wilson rated it liked it
In this book, Acting Detective Murdoch's personal life crosses over into his job. His sister, who joined a cloistered convent when she was young, is on her deathbed. His estranged father is in jail, convicted of murder, and seeks out Murdoch to prove his innocence. He might not like or respect his father, but Murdoch wants to be sure justice is served and accepts the case. Past and present continue to mingle as the tale unfolds and Murdoch follows each clue. The more I get to "know" Murdoch, the ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, crime, historical
Detective Murdoch has family problems -- his sister, a cloistered nun, is dying and he can't even see her to really say goodbye, just through a screen. His drunk of a father is in jail convicted of murder and ready to hang, but proclaiming his innocence -- so even though it's been many years since they spoke, Murdoch tries to find out the truth of the death of his father's acquaintance following a potentially rigged dog race.
This is the best one yet in the series, a
Kathleen Hagen
Let Loose the Dogs, by Maureen Jennings, a-minus, narrated by David Marantz, Produced by audible inc., downloaded from

In the fourth book in this series, Detective Murdoch’s family insinuate themselves into his life. His sister, who joined a convent years ago and whom he hasn’t seen for 20 years, is dying and asks for him to come. Then, at about the same time, he is called to the jail to meet his father, whom he hasn’t seen in 22 years and who he hoped might be dead. His father, alwa
Feb 04, 2017 Alli rated it really liked it
Let Loose the Dogs was an excellent read. This was the first of the series that really gave us a deep dive into Murdoch's history and inner struggles. The previous books touched on it briefly, but this book was much more Murdoch-centric than the previous ones. This novel moved much quicker than the previous ones in this series. There was only one slow patch for me, and it didn't last nearly as long as the slow patches in the other books.

The text was substantially more forward (graphic... but no
Aug 14, 2016 Randy rated it it was amazing
In this fourth book of the Murdoch Mystery series, Murdoch must deal with his father in prison for murder and the loss of his sister. Even though he hasn't seen his father in years and hates him for what he did to his family Will is asked by him to prove his innocence.

He also finds love in Enid Jones, the fellow boarder with the Kitchens who moved out but reaches out to him from her new boarding house.

The plot is complicated and the real murderer isn't obvious until toward the end of the book.

Apr 29, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As one of the more complex MM books in the series, Jennings did an amazing job of keeping me hooked on the plot. I did find it a bit slow going at first but once I got into it and truly felt invested in the story everything picked up. The description and detail that went into it was sometimes horrifying and what I would usually expect from a Gerritsen novel. So much so with this one there were moments when I had to stop reading for a few moments and just take in what had happened. A few of those ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I love the Murdoch Mysteries! In this book, Murdoch is trying to find our if his estranged father actually did commit a murder after loosing a match with his ratting dog. Murdoch's father, Harry, is put in prison and awaiting execution when Murdoch finds out about it. Harry swears he is innocent. Murdoch only wants the truth. Once Murdoch starts his investigation under the ruse of being a reporter, he learns that something just does not add up with all of the connected families within the commun ...more
Jane Mercer
Jul 11, 2013 Jane Mercer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th of the books and as enjoyable as the previous ones I've read.
Too many people expect the books to be exactly like the series (which I enjoyed immensely)but in most cases with series/films made from books I've found the books to be better.(Offhand the only exception to this I can think of are Tom Clancy books I found him boring but I like the films of his works)
This book deals with Murdock's family eliminating half his relatives in one fell swoop and having him save his father from
Dec 01, 2011 Nadine rated it liked it
HUGE fan of the show so I read this book because I am going through Murdoch withdrawal. I should have done my research better because as it turns out I had already seen the episode of the show that was based on this book and I already knew how it ended. I spent the first half of the book eagerly awaiting the arrival of Ogden (not present), Crabtree (my dearest love, barely present) and Brackenreid (my mother's dearest love, also barely present) so I was sorely disappointed. PLUS, the romance the ...more
I can't say that I went into this book with much hope, because I honestly thought the previous books in the series were mediocre at best. Okay, well, I ended up finding this one mediocre as well. It was a bit better than 2 & 3, because...probably because it reminded me of the episode that was based off of it. That also helped ruin the "twists," but whatever, it also made it more readable, which was a good thing as this was clearly longer than the last book and felt that way.

There really is g
Feb 01, 2014 Gwen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Detective Murdoch! I'm sure I had a shocked look on my face for a fair amount of the passages involving Enid Jones. While her actions seemed a bit out of character, I'm glad Murdoch is finding a measure of happiness after his family events.

I felt that there was just too much going on in this book: either deal with Susanna or deal with Harry. With both stories AND the mystery AND the new developments in the Murdoch/Jones romance, it was hard to keep track of everything that was going on, especia
Nov 23, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of the more complex Murdoch mysteries I've read.

Jennings has a way with descriptions. For instance: "His black gown didn't fit him well, as if it were on loan form a shorter man" (322). Economical but detailed enough to allow the reader to form a picture. Jennings' writing is like that throughout. One can almost see the cogs turning in Murdoch's head as he puzzles through what's relevant and not for his case(s) while also puzzling through his personal life, at times stumbling alon
Aug 24, 2014 Keri added it
The most complex of all the Murdoch books, I really enjoyed learning more about Murdoch's back story as this is not as detailed in the other novels. If you've ever lived in downtown Toronto you will love that the novel is historically accurate and references many familiar places, streets and addresses. My only critique, and I feel this way about all the Murdoch books, is that the ending seems hurried and the reader is always left with at least one unanswered question. I would have liked to know ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Drtaxsacto rated it it was amazing
I originally got into the Murdoch mysteries because of the Canadian TV series. Maureen Jennings has constructed a set of characters from the 1890s who have some very modern ideas. At the center is William Murdoch. In this book he loses his sister and his father is accused of a crime that the older Murdoch swears he did not commit. There is also a Publican who adds color to the story and even a love interest (in conformity of course with Victorian sensibilities). These books are fun and quick. Li ...more
Amanda Meggs
Apr 29, 2014 Amanda Meggs rated it liked it
Back to three stars, this book was very complicated and I was about 100 pages in before I had a clue what was going on, so many characters. There was a return to a couple of characters from earlier books which was nice. Overall though I found it pretty confusing for about two thirds of the book, which is just annoying. Also, I'm finding the pursuit of Mrs Jones a little tedious, neither her or her son come off as very nice people. Not to worry, I will have a break from the series for a while and ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Dave rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
The story is set in the late 1800s, and, at times, it seemed as though the author was attempting to write like a person from that time - particularly as it related to characters' personal relationships. I found that a bit precious for my taste.

There are good bones to the story, but, again, it seemed to be a bit over-complicated, and then resolved itself very quickly. Not my favorite layout for a mystery. It's often not accurate to judge a series when you jump in at a later book, so I'll give De
Marielle Authier
Feb 07, 2017 Marielle Authier rated it really liked it
Jun 26, 2013 Natalia rated it liked it
I think I preferred the earlier books in the series. It was an interesting look at Murdoch psychologically, particularly at his relationships with others (family, love interest, etc) I do think the ending was a little bit rushed, and as far as a mystery, it went on rather long with little information, and then all the information appeared very quickly in the last few chapters.
May 23, 2014 Sue rated it it was amazing
the book Murdoch is radically different to the TV Murdoch but his crime solving actions are just the same. love the twist and turns in this book and you only see how all the facts you have learnt during the book are linked in the final chapter
Andy Plonka
Oct 31, 2013 Andy Plonka added it
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I'm not a fan of historical novels, but for Jennings I'll make an exception. This is the first of her Murdock books that I've read and it was excellent, especially since it had dogs n it. Now I'm going to have to read the others in the series.
Scott Williams
Jul 20, 2013 Scott Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thus far, this is my favourite of the Murdoch Mysteries. It's got a lot of great character stuff for Murdoch and his family. It's also got a really compelling mystery that is more exciting and suspenseful because of a ticking clock -- an imminent criminal execution!
Apr 10, 2016 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really gotten into the tv series lately and wanted to try out one of the books.
I did really enjoy the book, the writing was very easy to read, but that ending though. I felt as if it wasn't completely satisfying.
Dec 01, 2010 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
I like these but I'm not loving them ... the first one I read was just so great the rest of them just haven't seemed to be as good. They have a great setting, great plot lines, great characters but I just can't seem to warm up to them. I'm going to try one more before I give up.
Sep 06, 2013 Bethel rated it really liked it
Loved this book and also the PBS series, Murdock Mysteries. I will read more of the series!
Paige Collingwood
Sep 08, 2013 Paige Collingwood rated it it was amazing
good book, makes you think it's one person then it turns
out to be someone else.
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Maureen Jennings, now a Canadian Citizen, was born on Eastfield Road in Birmingham, England and spent her formative years there until she emigrated to Canada at the age of seventeen with her mother.

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 Unive
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