The Way of All Flesh
By Ambrose Parry
Edinburgh, 1847. Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson's housemaid, and has all of Raven's intelligence but none of his privilege.
As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld.
The Way of All Flesh is an exciting, gritty and visceral debut mystery from the writing duo Marisa Haetzman and Chris Brookmyre under the name Ambrose Parry.
Historic Edinburgh pulses, brought to life by the thorough research. It is honest, unflinching from the dark realities of its setting, especially medically. Cases presented in the book are more often than not, based on real cases of the time.
There is talent in the writing too. Team Parry create an intricate plot, engaging characters and heart racing tension resulting in a well rounded story that will carry the reader along to the end.
This was a great book for the evening, tucked under a thick blanket with a roaring fire.
Reviewed by Kelsey Ward