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Except the Dying (novel)
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Number 1 of 7
Published 1997
Written by Maureen Jennings
ISBN 978-0312168292
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In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl’s simple life has something to hide.



Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One



  • The novel's title is taken from a line in the Emily Dickinson poem "The Last Night That She Lived."





  • Edith Foy
  • John Foy
  • Joe Seaton
  • Chief Constable Grasett
  • Constable Richmond
  • Mr. Driscoll
  • Mr. Wiggins
  • James McCay
  • Oliver Wicken
  • Arthur Johnson
  • Godfrey Shepcote
  • George Canning
  • John Tinney
  • Elizabeth Milner
  • Samuel Quinn
  • Webster
  • Constable Cavendish
  • Sergeant Seymour
  • Robert D. Moffat
  • Leticia Wright
  • Mathilda Kleiser
  • Charles Elrod
  • Maria Jenkins


  • Father Alphonse
  • Father Corbiere
  • Mansfield Otranto
  • Father Fair
  • May Brogan
  • Marianne
  • John Jarvis
  • Tim Black


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