Maureen Jennings is the author of the Murdoch Mysteries, a historical series set in Victorian Toronto. The first book, Except the Dying, won the Certificate of Commendation from Heritage Toronto. CHUM television has ordered the creation of an exciting new 13-episode series, The Murdoch Mysteries, based on these novels. The K Handshape is the second in Maureen's new series featuring Christine Morris.
Does Your Mother Know?
Christine Morris has been sent to Edinburgh to attend a conference on the latest in police methodology. There she is tracked down by the Northern Constabulary, Stornoway, Outer Hebrides, who inform her that her estranged mother has been involved in a vehicular homicide and has gone missing. Reluctantly, Christine agrees to fly up to Stornoway, where her mother was last seen. Her arrival is followed by the suspicious death of one of the islanders. What unfolds is a deepening involvement in the life of the community, an unexpected reconnection with her mother, and a nefarious plot against one of the young princes, who is planning a visit to the island.
Set against the backdrop of a breathtaking landscape and a people who are fiercely proud of their traditional way of life, Does Your Mother Know? races along to a galloping finish in this complex tale of suspense.
She blends the professional and personal in deft, balanced fashion, brings her murderous plotting to a reasonable if not entirely unexpected conclusion, and along the way makes both the geography and the people vividly real.
... Does Your Mother Know? is a page-turning introduction to Christine Morris in the 21st.
Jennings makes the most of Morris's conflicted history and current dilemma. As always, she's brilliant at the small details that give a setting life, and a dollop of potential romance with a handsome Scottish cop works nicely.
... the writing is easy, light, wryly humorous. The action is quick-paced, the plot just complex enough.
Jennings' tale is a clever, progressively complex one.
... the sense of place and how that setting is integrated into each character's soul is Jennings at her best.
What Jennings does best is characterization and the people of Stornoway … come off here as real folks with real feelings and problems. Morris herself has the makings of a good continuing main character.