Monday, April 22, 2019

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry

The Way of All Flesh
by Ambrose Parry

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Published: 2018
Publisher: Canongate Books
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Historical, Scotland
Hardback: 416
Rating: 5

The Way of All Flesh
The Art of Dying - release date: August 19, 2019

First sentence(s):
No decent story ought to begin with a dead prostitute, and for that, apologies, for it is not something upon which respectable persons would desire to dwell.

A vivid and gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, from husband-and-wife writing team Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman

Edinburgh, 1847. City of Medicine, Money, Murder.

Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson.

Simpson's patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia. It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. She has all of his intelligence but none of his privileges, in particular his medical education.

With each having their own motive to look deeper into these deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.

My two-bits:

I love the writing style and dialogue. It captures the time period well. The medical field and some forensics are means to uncover the mystery in this tale.

There is a setup for romance or strong friendship between the two main characters which would be fine either way as the characters are of the likable sort.


  1. I really enjoyed this, and I am delighted you did. Wonderful review!

  2. I'm glad the romance/friendship worked. Sometimes a mystery and romance can be tricking to make work together


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