ABOUT THE BOOK
Edinburgh, 1850. This city will bleed you dry.
Dr Will Raven is a man seldom shocked by human remains, but even he is disturbed by the contents of a package washed up at the Port of Leith. Stranger still, a man Raven has long detested is pleading for his help to escape the hangman.
Back in the townhouse of Dr James Simpson, Sarah Fisher has set her sights on learning to practise medicine. Almost everyone seems intent on dissuading her from this ambition, but when word reaches her that a woman has recently obtained a medical degree despite her gender, Sarah decides to seek her out.
Raven’s efforts to prove his former adversary’s innocence are failing and he desperately needs Sarah’s help. Putting their feelings for one another aside, their investigations take them to both extremes of Edinburgh’s social divide, where they discover that wealth and status cannot alter a fate written in the blood.
It is the third outing for some of these characters, in this new and shocking tale set in 1850 Edinburgh. Women were not thought of as capable to do anything that a man could, as they would neither have the brains for most things nor the stomach for others.
It often put women in impossible situations. So to keep their employment, many had to give in to their master’s wishes. If they fell pregnant, theirs and the baby’s life was ruined.
There was only one option for such women. That was the workhouse, where the child would be taken from the mother. The mother had the opportunity to have the child back if they could pay for all the years it had been cared for. Something that rarely happened.
Conception did not just lay with the poor, it could happen to any woman. The only difference was the young lady could be sent away for a while, then return after the birth without the baby.
Dr Will Raven and the newly widowed Sarah Fisher find themselves thrown together in a recent murder case, where reputation, titles and wealth are at stake, besides the life of the man who is said to have committed murder. The tangled web holds terrible secrets as the pair dig deeper.
It is a disturbing story with twists and truths entwined. I like the ‘new’ Sarah very much. Excellent reading.
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book that I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ambrose Parry is a pseudonym for a collaboration between Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman. The couple are married and live in Glasgow.
Chris Brookmyre is the international bestselling and multi-award-winning author of over twenty novels, including Black Widow, winner of both the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year.
Dr Marisa Haetzman is a consultant anaesthetist of twenty years’ experience, whose research for her Master’s Degree in the History of Medicine uncovered the material upon which The Way of All Flesh was based.