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The Wages of Sin : A compelling tale of medicine and murder in Victorian Edinburgh

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An irresistible mystery set in 1890s Edinburgh, Kaite Welsh's THE WAGES OF SIN features a female medical student-turned-detective, and will thrill fans of Sarah Waters and Antonia Hodgson.

Sarah Gilchrist has fled from London to Edinburgh in disgrace and is determined to become a doctor, despite the misgivings of her family and society. As part of the University of Edinburgh's first intake of female medical students, Sarah comes up against resistance from lecturers, her male contemporaries, and - perhaps worst of all - her fellow women, who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman...

When one of Sarah's patients turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into Edinburgh's dangerous underworld of bribery, brothels and body snatchers - and a confrontation with her own past.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162 x 241 x 30mm | 542g
  • Tinder Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472239814
  • 9781472239815
  • 829,551

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Historical fiction doesn't get much more delicious or original -- Damian Barr A gripping story of murder, medicine and misogyny in Victorian Britain * Emerald Street * A tremendous debut * Daily Record * I absolutely loved The Wages of Sin, and especially the funny, feisty Sarah Gilchrist, a Victorian feminist for modern times. Transported between the horrors of medical dissection rooms, the back streets of Edinburgh, opium dens and brothels, I was captivated, right to the very end -- Catherine Hall, author of THE PROOF OF LOVE and DAYS OF GRACE Atmosphere, murder, a strong heroine, a flawed hero and a stunning twist - The Wages of Sin has it all. I hope we'll be reading more by Kaite Welsh. And I hope it will involve Sarah Gilchrist. * My Weekly Magazine * Welsh makes clever use of the conventions of the genre while throwing in a twist informed by modern sensibilities. Damp, sooty, moralistic, and sinning Edinburgh is convincingly evoked. A gritty detective story as unflinching as its heroine, rich in well-researched period detail * Kirkus Reviews * The first book in what will, one hopes, be a long-running series, featuring a new kind of historical leading lady, Welsh's debut is an inspiring feminist tale perfect for the modern age * Library Journal, Debut of the Month * Edinburgh is the superb gothic setting for this nail-biting debut * Fabulous Magazine * A gripping story, a great central character and full of riotous, beautifully drawn period detail -- Kate Hamer An enthrallingly gothic murder mystery * The Herald * This powerful novel combines a disturbing look at late Victorian attitudes towards women and morality with a satisfying murder mystery * Sunday Express *
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About Kaite Welsh

KAITE WELSH is an Edinburgh-based journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman and she makes frequent appearances on BBC radio and television. Kaite has been shortlisted for both the Scottish New Writers Award and the Moniack Mhor Bridge Award, and most recently she is the author of The Wages of Sin.
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775 ratings
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3 29% (226)
2 9% (71)
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