I agree with Dangling Conversation in that Insp. Murdock seem naive in this 1st novel. I do not like to read him as being so vulnerable and jejune. People, esp. men, must have been much more inclined to believe whatever they were told by church/government/employer authorities and his blind belief in the moral teachings of Holy Mother Church makes Murdock appear to be nearly stupid. It's a good think he wises up in later writings.