The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry

The Blurb

A gripping historical novel of medicine & murder from bestselling author 
Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman, 
set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh

 Edinburgh, 1849. Hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. And a 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.

The Authors

Ambrose Parry is a pseudonym for a collaboration between Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman. The couple are married and live in Scotland. Chris Brookmyre is the international bestselling and multi-award-winning author of over twenty novels. 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 this series, which began with The Way of All Flesh, is based. The Way of All Flesh was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year and longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

The Art of Dying is the second book in the series.

The Review

This is the second in the series of a series. I haven’t read the first, but it was definitely explained enough so that any references were clear. That said I’m now going to read the first because it was so good that I want to have read all there is in the series.

It’s got a dark, twisty plot that doesn’t hold back on the crime fiction because it’s a historical fiction book, too. You’re going to find not just realistic characters but real life people embedded neatly into this book.

I’ve totally enjoyed this book from start to finish and will probably read it again, after I’ve bought and read book one.

I totally recommend this as it’s a thoroughly enjoyable, engrossing read.

Thanks to Anne Cater, the authors and publisher for my copy of this fantastic book.

Published by Books’n’banter


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