"Lovers in a Murderous Time"
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Season 6
Episode 11
Air date March 25, 2013
Written by Carol Hay
Maureen Jennings
Directed by Dawn Wilkinson
Guest Stars Sheila McCarthy as Felicity Dawes
Antonio Cupo as Carl Rodriguez
Cheri Maracle as Isabelle Webster
Recurring Jonathan Watton as Darcy Garland
Previous Twisted Sisters
Next Crime and Punishment

"​Lovers in a Murderous Time​" is the eleventh episode of the sixth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the seventy-sixth episode of the series. It first aired March 25, 2013.


Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Tobias Pincher who is found run through with a pitchfork in the stables of the Imperial Hotel. The Constabulary have yet to finish examining the scene of the crime when they are approached by a woman, Felicity Dawes, claiming to know there's a dead man inside. She also claims to be Pincher's fiancée.

Murdoch links shoe prints in the stables with a Spanish visitor, Carl Rodriguez, who readily admits having had an altercation with Pincher the night before but denies killing him.

Dr. Ogden informs Inspector Brackenreid that Miss Dawes may have an illness that causes her to imagine things that aren't there. She's mixed up, confused. Brackenreid replies with, "So is Margaret's mother, but that doesn't mean she's fit for the madhouse. Although..." 

When Dr. Ogden talks with Miss Dawes during a follow-up office visit at the asylum, Felicity Dawes recounts seeing the murder - and then realizes she is the murderer. Julia doubts she is the killer and believes her to be delusional, but finding a medical defense for her proves difficult. Dr. Ogden returns to the morgue and enlists Dr. Grace's input.

When Dawes confesses to Murdoch, Rodriguez does the same to Inspector Brackenreid, who tells both the Detective and the Doctor to follow the money to find the real solution.

If the old woman married Pincher, then all of her estate would go to him when she dies. With Tobias dead and Felicity convinced that she was his murderer due to her delusional state, she would be hanged. Murdoch suspects Felicity's companion and nurse is responsible for the murder, finding a wooden splinter that matches the pitchfork used to kill Pincher forces her confession. George points out that getting three confessions to one murder is a record.

Character Revelations

  • During his investigation at the Imperial Hotel, Murdoch spots Darcy Garland with another woman.
  • Murdoch wants Julia to use this new revelation to appeal to Darcy to grant the divorce, but Julia says he won't listen. Darcy wants to punish her.


  • William confronts Darcy, asking him to let Julia go (given he has another woman), but when Darcy calls Julia a "whore" William belts him one, dropping him to the ground in a public street. Darcy files a complaint to Brackenreid.
  • When Julia finds out, though not told precisely why William lost his composure, they have a fight over the divorce, Julia's marriage, and William not stopping it.
  • After solving the case together, Julia apologies and tells William that Darcy is her burden and she will take care of it.
  • The title of this episode foreshadows the murderous times for William and Julia coming in the next two episodes.

Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1900 – the Victorian Era (1837-1901) when Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and Empress of India, rules the British Empire.
  • Reference to Alois Alzheimer, if not directly, a Bavarian-born German psychiatrist who was credited with identifying the first published case of "presenile dementia".
  • Dr. Grace mentions a doctor in Boston working on Parkinson's disease and dementia.
  • Julia shares with Emily that Darcy's affair or actions can not be used in the divorce according to the law.


  • The episode's title is a possble allusion to the Bruce Cockburn song "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" (1984).


  • Dr Alois Alzheimer's paper on plaque buildup in the brain of a dementia patient was published in 1906, whereas this season seems to be set in about 1900 or 1901.


Main Cast

Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig as Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as George Crabtree
Georgina Reilly as Emily Grace

Guest Cast

Sheila McCarthy as Felicity Dowes
Cheri Maracle as Isabelle Webster
Antonio Cupo as Carl Rodriguez
Mary Krohnert as Melanie Shropshire
Rian Michelsen as Hawkins, Stable Boy
Nicholas Rice as Verger
Greg Campbell as Gallery Owner
Andrew Bigelow as Witness
Adam David as Desk Clerk
Tom Bishop Sr. as Stable Man


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"Murdoch Air" • "Winston's Lost Night" • "Murdoch On The Corner" • "A Study in Sherlock" • "Murdoch Au Naturel" • "Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom" • "The Ghost of Queen's Park" • "Murdoch in Ladies Wear" • "Victoria Cross" • "Twisted Sisters" • "Lovers in a Murderous Time" • "Crime and Punishment" • "The Murdoch Trap"
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