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"Manual for Murder" is the sixteenth episode of the twelfth season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the one hundred eighty-fourth of the series. It first aired on February 18, 2019.


After the release of Murdoch and Ogden's book, a series of copycat murders begin to take place.

An electro-plated body, just as in their book – it’s murder they wrote as the sequential killer appears to be going through the book one case at a time while their manual (for murder) is flying off the shelves; Have Murdoch and Ogden met their match and inspired a new nemesis?

Character Revelations

  • Inspector Slorach is retiring from the Toronto Constabulary.
  • Ralph Fellows is a former copper who had worked with Inspector Slorach.
  • Ruth makes an investment in 1000 shares of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes for $100, but Henry doesn't believe it will amount to much; They sell the stocks to buy a ‘Chesterfield’ (sofa).


Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1906 – Edward VII (Albert Edward;1841-1910) is King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas.
  • Kellogg's Corn Flakes:  In 1898, in a fortunately failed attempt at making granola, the company’s founder, W.K. Kellogg, and his brother, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, changed breakfast forever when they accidentally flaked wheat berry. W.K. kept experimenting until he flaked corn, and created the delicious recipe for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.
  • The term ‘Chesterfield’ was first used to describe a piece of sofa-like furniture in the 1800s. It is said that the style was originally commissioned by Lord Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773), from whom the sofa got its name.




Main Cast

Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig as Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as Constable George Crabtree

Recurring Cast

Shanice Banton as Violet Hart
Lachlan Murdoch as Constable Henry Higgins
Siobhan Murphy as Ruth Higgins-Newsome
Colin Mochrie as Ralph Fellows
Patrick McKenna as Detective Hamish Slorach
David Reale as Mr. Clements
Nathan Hoppe as Constable McNabb

Guest Cast

Tannis Burnett as Evelyn Matthews
J.D. Nicholsen as Mr. Robert Brown
Todd Thomas Dark as Mr. Kellogg
Mehron Halitsky as Bartender
Jill Harland as Rebecca Collins


Murdoch Mysteries Season 12
Murdoch Mystery MansionOperation: MurderMy Big Fat Mimico WeddingMurdoch Without Borders
The Spy Who Loved MurdochSir. Sir? Sir!!!Brother's KeeperDrowning in MoneySecrets and Lies
Pirates of the Great LakesAnnabella CinderellaSix of the BestMurdoch and the Undetectable Man
Sins of the FatherOne Minute to MurderManual for MurderDarkness Before the Dawn Part 1
Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2
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