The Way of all Flesh - Ambrose Parry

Ambrose Parry

The Way of all Flesh
2018, 416 pages

A historical crime novel set in 19th-century Victorian Edinburgh. The protagonist, Will Raven, is a medical student and an apprentice to the brilliant and renowned gynaecologist Dr Simpson. After several young women are found dead in the Old Town, all having suffered gruesome deaths, Will and Sara, a clever young housemaid he meets in Dr Simpson’s house, try to solve the murders.
The story also focuses on medical history and evolution in this pre-caesarean period, especially the newly discovered science of anaesthetics.

‘The Way of All Flesh’ is an interesting novel of historical fiction and both entertains and informs. The writing is very readable, and you will find yourself being drawn into the story on the first few pages.