Desperate women, rich and poor, come to her in need of help - and discretion. Dolly Merishaw is a midwife and an abortionist in Victorian Toronto, but although she keeps quiet about her clients' condition, her contempt and greed leaves them resentful and angry. So it comes as no surprise when this malicious woman is murdered. What is a shock, though, is that a week later a young boy is found dead in Dolly's squalid kitchen. Now, Detective Murdoch isn't sure if he's hunting one murderer - or two.
""Vivid . . . heartwrenching. Late-19th-century Toronto comes startlingly alive in Jennings's second gripping tale."" - Publishers Weekly
""[Murdoch's] warm heart makes him the right sleuth for this cold city."" - New York Times
""A very powerful novel."" - Poison Pen
""There are touches of Anne Perry and Peter Lovesey in her clear-eyed look at the social ills of the period."" - Denver Post