Season of Darkness by Maureen Jennings

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Perhaps if it had been left at its original length there would have been more figurative weight to the story. Despite these drawbacks, the book is still plenty enjoyable, especially for fans of semi-genteel, war-era whodunits.
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Synopsis

The creator of the acclaimed Detective Murdoch Mysteries turns her exceptional storytelling skills to a murder mystery set in rural Shropshire, England, in the darkest days of the Second World War.

Following the disastrous retreat of the British army from Dunkirk in 1940, England is plunged into a state of fear. The threat of a German invasion is real, and many German Nationals are interned in camps across the country. One such camp is on the ancient moor land of Prees Heath, near the small town of Whitchurch in Shropshire, where Tom Tyler is the sole detective inspector.

Young women from all walks of life have joined the Land Army, to help desperate farmers keep the country fed. When one of these young women is found murdered on a desolate country road, Tyler is almost glad for the challenge; he has been fretting for some time about the dullness of policing in a rural community. In addition, a former lover has reappeared and turned his emotions upside down; his soldier son seems utterly changed by his experience at Dunkirk; and his sixteen year old daughter is unhappy. As he pursues the murderer, Tyler finds himself drawn into an uneasy alliance with one of the Prees Heath internees, a psychiatrist, who claims to be an expert on the criminal mind.


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About Maureen Jennings

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Born in England, MAUREEN JENNINGS taught English before becoming a psychotherapist. The first Detective Murdoch mystery was published in 1997. Six more followed, all to enthusiastic reviews. In 2003, Shaftesbury Films adapted three of the novels into movies of the week, and four years later Shaftesbury (with CityTV, Rogers, UKTV, and Granada International) created the Murdoch Mysteries TV series which is now shown around the world, including on CityTV in Canada, the Alibi channel in the UK, and on most PBS stations in the United States. Her new trilogy, set in World War II-era England, got off to a spectacular start with 2011's Season of Darkness. Maureen lives in Toronto with her husband and their two dogs.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by McClelland & Stewart. 418 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by NATASHA COOPER on Sep 06 2012

Season of Darkness offers such a pessimistic view of human nature under stress that Elsie's straightforward pleasure-seeking comes to seem positively admirable.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Sandra Kasturi on Aug 19 2011

Perhaps if it had been left at its original length there would have been more figurative weight to the story. Despite these drawbacks, the book is still plenty enjoyable, especially for fans of semi-genteel, war-era whodunits.

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