Monday, June 06, 2011

Murdoch Mysteries and Ruthven Park

Ruthven Mansion picture taken by me when I was looking at Bluebirds and Orioles

Early last year my friend Lesley introduced me to the Detective Murdoch Mysteries by Maureen Jennings. Set in Toronto, Ontario at the end of the 19th century, they feature Detective William Murdoch, a forward thinking man with an interest in new forensic methods. She also told me about the TV series and her 85 year old mother raved meeting the handsome star of the show at a reception. I did not really take note of the details as I am not one to watch much television.

Set for Murdoch Mysteries at Ruthven Park (Riversong*)

Fast forward to May of this year. I was at Ruthven Park for bird banding and I noticed that the house and grounds had been used for filming an episode in season four of the Murdoch mysteries. I took more interest and found that our local library had seasons one and two available on DVD. My friend's mother was right. Yannick Bisson is very good looking and well suited for his role as Detective Murdoch. I recognized many places in various episodes including Webster's Falls near Hamilton ON and areas of Cambridge ON in our region.

Bird Banding station at Ruthven Park

I love a good detective story and these are fast paced with a thread of historical interest. Season Four premieres on Tuesday June 7, 2011 on City TV. I see that the DVDs are well received on as well as I started to watch the pilot movies but found them plodding and dark. Here's hoping the new season is a snappy as the first two which we watched over the past couple of weeks.

*Riversong -Newsletter of the Lower Grand River Land Trust December 2010


  1. The old estate is beautiful. Looks like the perfect setting for a mystery series.

  2. Does look like a great setting for historic mystery. Hope the filming didn't interfere with the birding.

  3. I have read some of the books, but only seen one episode, I believe. I am not a huge fan of either although I don't mind the books.

  4. There is a series of mystery novels by Louise Penny. They are set in Canada and are called the "Inspector Genache Mysteries." All of them are great for summer reading. The first in the series is "Still Life." If you haven't read them, I think you should give them a try. Penny has beautiful descriptions of the little town in Canada.

  5. Thanks for the comments
    @ NCMW- I just got one of her books out of the library for the first time but have not read it yet. (Bury your Dead)

  6. Thanks for the intro to a new mystery series.
    As for "Yannick Bisson is very good looking"--make that he's gorgeous.

  7. I'd be inclined to read the Louise Penny books in sequence. While each does stand alone, the character development in previous novels is very helpful.

  8. @KGMom- I totally agree!
    @NCMW- thanks for the tip. I am downloading the first book to my Kindle

  9. Ruth,

    My wife and I are avid Murdock Mystery fans and have been eagerly awaiting the start of Season 4.


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