The Way of All Flesh

The Way of All Flesh

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 apprentices A vivid and gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, from husband-and-wife writing team Chr...

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Title:The Way of All Flesh
Author:Ambrose Parry
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Way of All Flesh
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Way of All Flesh Reviews

  • ☕️Kimberly
    Aug 16, 2018
    When we meet Will, he is leaning over the body of a dead whore and before the night is through, thugs will accost him. The dead woman is someone he befriended and lent money to. The thugs are looking to collect said money. Thus on Will?s first day of his apprenticeship for Dr. Simpso...
  • The Cats Mother
    Oct 02, 2018
    I knew going in to this that Ambrose Parry is a collaboration between Christopher Brookmyre, who is arguably my favourite Scottish author (neck & neck with Val McD) and his wife, Marisa Haetzman, who I knew was an anaesthetist. Had I gone in blind, I would never have guessed the fo...
  • Susan
    Aug 19, 2018
    This is the first in a new, historical crime series, which is sure to find many fans. Set in Edinburgh, 1847, Will Raven is a young man who is about to become the assistant to Dr Simpson; an early Obstetrician. Will is a man who is keen to make his fortune; not least as he recently bor...
  • Jaclyn
    Sep 24, 2018
    The Way of All Flesh is a highly atmospheric and thoroughly engrossing mystery full of historical medical fact and details, which are, at times, rather gruesome. If you're a fan of C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series, The Way of All Flesh is not to be missed. W...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 29, 2018
    (3.5) This historical novel set in Edinburgh in 1847 has one of the best opening paragraphs I?ve come across in a while. It immediately sets the tone: realistic, sly, and somewhat seedy. If the title sounds familiar, it?s because it?s borrowed from Samuel Butler?s gloomy 1903 m...
  • Queenie
    May 08, 2018
    I was lucky enough to be loaned a publisher?s ?proof? of this fabulous book by a friend. The book is being released in the UK on 30 August. It was super! Firstly because it?s a historical AND medical murder-mystery story, two subjects I am interested in. I?ve not read much ...
  • Jane
    Nov 17, 2018
    Fascinating novel set in 19th century Scotland-- a medical mystery in which an apprentice doctor to a famous doctor/"male midwife" and a housemaid together solve the murders of young women dying all over Edinburgh in strange circumstances. The victims give off no whiff of suspected poi...
  • Karen ⊰✿
    Feb 18, 2019
    Edinburgh 1947 and medical student Will Raven has found himself apprenticed to the very famous Dr Simpson. Will is not the usual gentleman... In fact he is quite penniless and owes money to a cutthroat gang who he tries to dodge as he attends procedures with Dr Simpson. At the same tim...
  • Emma
    Aug 12, 2018
    This was a historical fiction mystery with a medical flavour. Set in Edinburgh in the mid 1800s, this was an interesting comparison to London, where most novels from this period are usually set (in my reading experience anyway!) it was absolutely fascinating to learn about the early de...
  • ABCme
    Aug 19, 2018
    Thank you Netgalley and Canongate Books for the ARC. A lot is happening in 1847's Edinburgh. Will Raven is set upon by thugs for not returning money borrowed from a loanshark. Then the girl he borrowed the money for is found dead. Meanwhile he's moving from the old to the new part o...
  • Linda
    Sep 10, 2018
    "Science never solves a problem without creating ten more." (George Bernard Shaw) It's the winter of 1847 in Edinburgh. Medical science seems to pounce upon new and innovative means of so-called advancements. Avant-garde, experimental methods are in both the hands of the charlatans ...
  • Veronique
    Sep 30, 2018
    Historical mysteries have always fascinated me and to find one focusing on the medical world of the 19th century was something I couldn?t miss. The story revolves around Will Raven, a young medical student, who becomes apprenticed to a renowned obstetrician, and Sarah Fisher, Dr S...
  • Maureen
    Aug 09, 2018
    Edinburgh 1847, a time when ruthless medical experiments were being carried out, quite often by the unscrupulous, those whose patients were of no consequence, who?s lives mattered little when set against the desire for fame and fortune. Against this backdrop, Will Raven secures hi...
  • Taryn Pierson
    Oct 03, 2018
    After visiting Scotland this year (I know, brag brag), I was on a mission to find books set there. Edinburgh is the most atmospheric city I?ve ever been to?the fog hangs in the air, the castle looms on the hill, the closes rise steeply uphill?it?s the perfect place to set a mur...
  • Nigel
    Mar 19, 2019
    Entertaining historical/medical read. Full review nearer publication of my edition ...
  • Leah
    Sep 08, 2018
    I'm abandoning this at 34%. It may be accurate about the history of medical care in Edinburgh in 1847, but the language is ridiculously anachronistic. I tried my best to ignore "...if he was made of chocolate would surely eat himself, were his appetites not so abstemious" - Jos Mouri...
  • Keith Currie
    Jun 26, 2018
    The name of the author is a good joke ? an anglicised form of the French court surgeon during the Paris St Bartholomew?s Day massacre. And there are massacres in this book too?but in early nineteenth century Edinburgh?and involving doctors, surgeons and medical students. The p...
  • Michael Cayley
    Jun 11, 2018
    A novel that starts with the suspicious death of a prostitute in mid-19th century Edinburgh, but whose interest lies less in the crime aspects of the plot than in the depiction of the seamy side of Edinburgh life, attitudes to social class, and medical practices of the time. The centra...
  • Gram
    Jun 09, 2018
    In Edinburgh in 1847, medical student Will Raven is given the post of apprentice to Dr Simpson, a highly respected physician and an expert in anaesthesia. Raven is also given a room in the Simpson home and there he encounters Sarah, a maidservant who has a fascination for medical matte...
  • Latkins
    May 10, 2018
    This book - written under a pseudonym by Chris Brookmyre and his scientist wife Marisa Haetzman - is a real treat. Set in 19th century Edinburgh, it's a murder mystery as the young doctor Will Raven embarks on a new career in the New Town working for the eminent Dr Simpson (a real, pio...
  • Paromjit
    Aug 02, 2018
    This is a deliciously atmospheric piece of historical crime fiction from the husband and wife authors, Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman, set in Victorian Edinburgh, a city split between the poverty stricken and dark underbelly of the Old Town and the more genteel wealthy households ...
  • Lou
    Aug 31, 2018
    'The Way of All Flesh' written by husband and wife writing duo Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman under the pseudonym Ambrose Parry is a gloriously atmospheric and authentic 19th century historical crime novel. It really is superb! I read a lot of crime stories, but I don't come acros...
  • Jannelies
    Jul 17, 2018
    What an absolute delightful book, this story revolving around a poor young man who suprisingly aspires to become a gynecologist, in a day and time that there were not even female physicians. Although the mystery in this book is important, I enjoyed especially what I learned about the d...
  • Beata
    Aug 17, 2018
    This novel gripped me! Edinborough, 1840s, poor people, rich people and medical experiments in search of a new medicament. And, a murder or two, naturally. The debut is fantastic! The Authors recreated the atmosphere of the city, were very particular regarding social details and introd...
  • Arybo ✨
    Sep 27, 2018
    Primum non nocere. Do no arm: the Hippocratic injunction. BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH?S COMPANY TO ADAPT THIS NOVEL! ?Reviews in ?? and ?? ??????????-////??????????- ?? 3.5 What is The Way of All Flesh about? ...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Sep 21, 2018
    Tantalizing ? Eerie ? Magnificent "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." - Ambrose Parry Think about that title! THE WAY OF ALL FLESH. What is the way o...
  • Jayne Catherine pinkett
    Jul 04, 2018
    Review coming soon I was sent an early copy of this book for my independent honest review I read the premise of this and was very excited to get to it. A historical crime with medical content is a refreshing change to many new releases at the moment. Straight away I became engaged in ...
  • Robb
    Mar 18, 2019
    If I could give this book a 10 I would. This book gripped me from the get go and never let up. This had a very penny dreadful/Sherlock holmes feel to it. The ending was so poetic. And Raven and Sarah make quite the pair. They have a Darcy and Elizabeth dynamic. This is the best book I'...
  • Lili  Marcus
    Sep 25, 2018
    More bookish stuffs: @Lili's Blissful Pages 3.5 stars. This is Historical Fiction at its best. Set in 1840s Edinburgh, this book follows the story of a young man, Will Raven, who has a past he's trying to run away from. He's set to make a name in medicine and was given a c...
  • Yv
    Jul 22, 2018
    Dit moet ik even laten bezinken, voordat ik cht een mening kan vormen. Lang en ingewikkeld boek, maar met een bijzonder interessant thema. Voor nu even 2*. ...