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'Parry's Victorian Edinburgh comes vividly alive – and it's a world of pain' Val McDermid
'A rip-roaring tale of murder' Ian Rankin
Edinburgh, 1849. Hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. And a whispering campaign seeks to paint Dr James Simpson, pioneer of medical chloroform, as a murderer.
Determined to clear Simpson’s name, his protégé Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher must plunge into Edinburgh’s deadliest streets and find out who or what is behind the deaths. Soon they discover that the cause of the deaths has evaded detection purely because it is so unthinkable.
'Gleeful, romping . . . The fog and stench of Edinburgh’s Old Town definitely jump off the page . . . The central relationship between loveable rogue Raven and proto-feminist Fisher is the beating heart of The Art of Dying. Both characters are drawn with real empathy and nuance, and their complicated feelings for each other drive the book as much as the smart storylines. A great piece of storytelling'
'Full of twists and turns – a great read'
'A gripping Victorian thriller'
'Dark and visceral, gritty and charming, with a twisting plot and compelling characters – not least, Victorian Edinburgh at her deadliest. The immersive world of Ambrose Parry just gets better and better'
'The central characters and their relationship are the book's strengths . . . worth a read – the characters and setting are wonderful'
'A menacing tale of murder amid the medical experiments of mid-19th century Edinburgh'
'Offers more of the alluring combination of crime fiction and historical fact seen in last year’s The Way of All Flesh . . . The reader may need a tiny dose of chloroform to relax after all of these thrills. . . For any reader in need of a swift-acting tonic, I prescribe picking up this thriller as soon as possible'
Scotland on Sunday
PRAISE FOR THE WAY OF ALL FLESH
'Menacing, witty and ingeniously plotted, Ambrose Parry’s debut draws you into the dark heart of nineteenth-century Edinburgh and won’t let you go until the final page'
'An astonishing debut. The dark and dangerous past is brought thrillingly to life. I can’t wait to read more of Raven and Sarah'
'Utterly compelling, this tale of Old Edinburgh is so full of characters and startling incident that I never wanted it to end'
'A thoroughly entertaining tale of murder and misadventure in 1840s Edinburgh'
'A dynamic new arrival . . . Ambrose Parry’s The Way of All Flesh is set in an 1840s Edinburgh where new science and old beliefs rub shoulders. Its twisty gothic plot is based on grisly real events'
NICCI FRENCH, Observer