It’s a wet, yet oddly warm, morning in December. Not your usual type of day for this time of the year. I’d like to try a little something different for Mondays by briefly chatting about the latest period mystery that I watched. This week I thought that I would talk about the series Murdoch Mysteries and the episode “Snakes and Ladders”.
If you are unfamiliar with the Murdoch Mysteries, it is a Canadian mystery series set in the early 20th Century staring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch. Murdoch Mysteries is in it’s eighth season, and the series is based on the novels by Maureen Jennings.
As a lover of steampunk, I greatly enjoy some of the scientific approaches, that a 21st Century person would recognize, used to solve some of Murdoch’s intriguing mysteries. It is perhaps the steampunckiest show on TV today though not strictly steampunk.
In the episode “Snakes and Ladders”, Murdoch tangles with (perhaps?) Jack the Ripper. I liked the major clue in the form of “finger marks” (fingerprinting). The show ended with a couple of nice twists that were quite satisfying.
All in all, I really enjoy the series. Sadly, Murdoch Mysteries can be a little difficult to find in the States. The CW plays the series on Sunday afternoon in my area and it can be found on Netflix. Of course, the books are available through Amazon.