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

  • Annet
    Jun 05, 2019
    What a pleasant surprise this book! Great historical crime fiction read, very well written, full of atmosphere and details of Edinburgh in the year 1847. I actually picked this book up at Waterstones Edinburgh recently, they did of course promote it extra as a local book, upfront in th...
  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
    Jun 16, 2019
    Ambrose Perry is actually a double act, a pseudonym for Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman, and it shows slightly in The Way of all Flesh. He is a writer and she is a historian of the 1840s Edinburgh, and while they both undoubtedly bring something to the mix, there are times where th...
  • Amy Bruno
    Apr 29, 2019
    Nothing pleases me more than a good Victorian mystery and I am happy to say that I had the best time these past few days while immersed in Ambrose Parry's The Way of All Flesh! Seriously, I was obsessed with this book and anyone that interrupted me while reading was subjected to the lo...
  • Bon
    Jun 09, 2019
    Solid four stars! This turned out way better than I expected! The plot summary caught my interest, and that title was really neat, but I have to be honest, the first few pages I was worried I was reading another male author who would write about women as ?females? and in the worst ...
  • ☕️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...
  • 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...
  • Cathy
    Apr 30, 2019
    The Way of All Fleshintroduces the reader to Will Raven, about to start a prestigious medical apprenticeship but burdened by secrets in his past, an unhealthily close connection to a murder victim, ruthless debt collectors on his trail and a self-confessed dark side to his character....
  • 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
    Briefly - Entertaining historical/medical read. In full Historical fiction is something I only read from time to time. However I'd seen a few good reviews for this and one half of the writing team is Christopher Brookmyre a favourite author of mine. The other part of the team is ap...
  • 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...
  • Eldarwen
    Jun 15, 2019
    This was a wonderful ride through a Victorian Edinburgh with interesting characters and an enjoyable plot. Neither Will nor Sarah are particularly happy to assume their societal roles as they are attributed to them and they try to make the best of their respective situation without...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Miglė
    Jun 29, 2019
    The plot would make a decent anime, unfortunately, it is not an anime, but a quite pretentious "historical crime fiction" novel. Let's start with the good stuff - the background, which is the medical discoveries of XIX century, the state of science, the (often risky and /or backwar...