Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, and based on the novels by Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries welcomes back detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing policeman who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.
Murdoch's circle of associates includes Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Murdoch's eager and often naïve right-hand man; Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Murdoch's sceptical yet reluctantly supportive boss; feisty pathologist Dr Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly); and the love of his life, pathologist-turned-psychiatrist Dr Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), a staunch ally who shares the detective's fascination with forensic science and innovative ideas.
Celebrating its 100th episode in series eight, Detective Murdoch and his colleagues are thrust into more early 20th century cases - the world of corsets; the women's suffrage movement; vaudeville; the silver boom in Cobalt, Ontario and the rise of the automobile.
The new series will also delve into Detective Murdoch's origins, and feature historical figures including notorious gunslinger turned sports writer Bat Masterson, US president Theodore Roosevelt, inventor Thomas Edison and movie star W.C. Fields in his formative years as a vaudeville juggler.
As the new season begins, Murdoch and his colleagues are dealing with the aftermath of the brutal beating of Inspector Brackenreid at the hands of the violent O'Shea brothers, following his investigation into reports of hooliganism at the waterfront.
The area remains a contentious and dangerous place as gangs vie for power and extort and murder local merchants. And despite Julia and Murdoch's long-awaited engagement, their wedding plans are set aside in favour of the more pressing matters.
Meanwhile, Dr Ogden and Dr Grace join forces with Margaret Haile and a group of suffragettes in their quest for the women's vote, only to find themselves in jail and defended by Clara Brett Martin, the first woman lawyer in the British Empire. But when their cause fails to make progress, Julia decides to take a run at politics.
For Dr Grace, the women's rights movement proves invigorating. And though George Crabtree's romantic intentions toward the young coroner may have diminished, the constable finds another woman in his future... from his past. And will wedding bells finally ring for William and Julia?