The Unquiet Heart

The Unquiet Heart

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Kaite Welsh's thrilling medical mystery THE UNQUIET HEART is the second in the gothic Sarah Gilchrist series, following a medical student turned detective in Victorian Edinburgh. For readers of Natasha Pulley's THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET or Laura Purcell's THE SILENT COMPANIONS

This powerful novel combines a disturbing look at late Victorian attitudes towards women and morality with a satisfying murder mystery - Sunday Express

Sarah Gilchrist has no intention of marrying her dull fiance Miles, the man her family hope will restore her reputation and put an end to her dreams of becoming a doctor, but when he is arrested for a murder she is sure he didn't commit she finds herself his reluctant ally. Beneath the genteel facade of upper class Edinburgh lurks blackmail, adultery, poison and madness and Sarah must return to Edinburgh's slums, back alleys and asylums as she discovers the dark past about a family where no one is what they seem, even Miles himself. It also brings her back into the orbit of her mercurial professor, Gregory Merchiston - he sees Sarah as his protegee, but can he stave off his demons long enough to teach her the skills that will save her life?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 30mm | 496g
  • Tinder Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472239849
  • 9781472239846
  • 1,307,494

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A nicely constructed historical mystery about the unorthodox sleuthing of a young woman who's studying to be a doctor at the University of Edinburgh * New York Times * [An] excellent mix of historical mystery and romance * Booklist * The mystery is secondary to Welsh's depiction of the plight of intelligent, ambitious women in 19th-century Britain, long before anyone dreamed of #MeToo, when a spotless reputation and a suitable marriage was the end all and be all for a woman, her own wishes and desires be damned. Sarah's plight is an infuriating one indeed, and readers will cheer her every step of the way * Publishers Weekly *
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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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Rating details

313 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 22% (69)
4 51% (160)
3 22% (69)
2 3% (9)
1 2% (6)
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