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The Art of Dying
The Art of Dying | Ambrose Parry
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Edinburgh, 1850. Despite being at the forefront of modern medicine, hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. But it is not just the deaths that dismay the esteemed Dr James Simpson - a whispering campaign seeks to blame him for the death of a patient in suspicious circumstances. Simpson's protg Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher are determined to clear their patron's name. But with Raven battling against the dark side of his own nature, and Sarah endeavouring to expand her own medical knowledge beyond what society deems acceptable for a woman, the pair struggle to understand the cause of the deaths. Will and Sarah must unite and plunge into Edinburgh's deadliest streets to clear Simpson's name. But soon they discover that the true cause of these deaths has evaded suspicion purely because it is so unthinkable.
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SaraC24
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Didn't expect that I would like it as much as the 1st due to the 1st having a really good balance on well everything. Ended liking it better due to the main characters doing some serious growth and getting insight into a killers mind. Didn't know most of the events were based on VERY real ones til the end which is really kool that the authors combined that into a nice package. Now onto the 3rd and final one!

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Chrissyreadit
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An excellent second book. Raven, the main character has many flaws and a dark side but I love him and his partner in detecting continues to grow through adversity in this historical fiction mystery with medicine in the background. @Mitch recommended the books and is right- they are a great read for mystery and medical books.

Mitch So glad you‘re enjoying them. It‘s a shame there is only 3 ( so far!🤞🏼). 8mo
Chrissyreadit @Mitch I agree. I hope there will be more. 8mo
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tphil10283
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It‘s a bit formulaic and young adulty however I finished it.

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julesG
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Ha. My question about disinfectants has been answered within the first chapter. Yeah!

Crazeedi So you learned something new today!! Yay! 13mo
Nute Now I want to know both your question and the answer provided in this book. 13mo
Susanita @Nute Me too! 13mo
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julesG @Crazeedi @Nute @Susanita - I was wondering, in my review to the first book in the series, whether the following book(s) might address the topic of disinfectants/antiseptics. This question was answered within the first chapter. 13mo
Crazeedi @julesG I just remember how I shivered thinking of how surgery was done before antiseptic procedure and how they resisted implementing 13mo
Crazeedi @julesG great review 13mo
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Mitch
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This is a series that has it all - it's smart, well researched and carefully handles issues within the story ( and not as a clunky add-on) at the same time as being a fast paced page turner. The research the authors do in terms of Victorian medical opinions as well as the geography of the city of Edinburgh makes this a wholly immersive, smart, historical mystery.

julesG How did I miss this? I'll put book 1 on my TBR. 14mo
Caroline2 Sounds great, I‘ve just stacked the first book too. 😉 14mo
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Mitch
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Giving in to my food craving today - today‘s a vampire teeth Cheeto day! Woodford‘s very interested in this change of direction! 🤣

Chrissyreadit 🤣🥳 14mo
Soubhiville 🐶😋 looks like a yummy snack. Sietje would approve! 14mo
AmyG Ooooo those cheetos. Nice! 14mo
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Lucy_Anywhere I have a cat who is a Cheeto fiend - he can sense a packet opening from three rooms away! 14mo
Mitch @Soubhiville 👍🏼♥️👍🏼 14mo
Mitch @Lucy_Anywhere 🤣🤣🤣 14mo
TrishB These look nice ! My Sansa can hear the cheese drawer in the fridge open from 3 roads away I think! 14mo
Mitch @TrishB 😂 14mo
Cathythoughts Yum 14mo
Crazeedi I'm familiar with a puppy nose when the snacks are being eaten!! He's so cute 14mo
squirrelbrain But did he get to eat any of them?! 14mo
Cupcake12 How can you resist those eyes? 😍❤️🐶 14mo
Mitch @squirrelbrain absolutely not! 👍🏼 14mo
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Mitch
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The week ahead forecast says we‘re heading into a cold and wet period of weather - so making the most of some early sun. It might be the last for a while!

LauraBeth That‘s a lovely view! 14mo
Sleepswithbooks Beautiful photo 💛 14mo
CoffeeAndABook Absolutely gorgeous photograph🧡 14mo
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Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍beautiful. 14mo
wanderinglynn Gorgeous flowers! 💜🌸 14mo
Chrissyreadit I just scrolled and visited you. Your spaces are so lovely. They feel calm and nurturing ❤️ 14mo
AmyG How pretty. 14mo
Mitch @Chrissyreadit Thank you! The light comes into the kitchen so beautifully at this time of year x 14mo
Mitch @LauraBeth It really is xx
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Mitch @wanderinglynn A present from our next door neighbours garden! 14mo
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Mitch
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There‘s something so comforting about slipping back into the lives of characters you meet in series books - there needs to be a word for it! The English language is both vast and lacking at the same time! 🤣

Cathythoughts There does need to be a word for it !! Good thinking Mitch 👍🏻❤️ 14mo
Sharv_Sona Love your bookmark! 14mo
Ruthiella You need to invent a term and then circulate it on Litsy! Like Series Satisfaction or Character Comfort (as you can see, I expect alliteration 🤣) 14mo
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Mitch @Sharv_Sona The Virgo in me needs to match my bookmark to every read! 14mo
Mitch @Ruthiella Mmmmmmm.........let me think! 14mo
Ruthiella Or maybe “Satisfiction” ? 14mo
Crazeedi Beautiful room, and I def5agree with you, one of my favorite parts of reading... 14mo
Mitch @Crazeedi Thank you Diane - slowly the rooms are coming together.. just need some sofas for our very very empty lounge! 14mo
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Mitch
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Off on my book travels - today it‘s nineteenth century Edinburgh 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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HettyG
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The thing I loved about this second novel was the development of the Sarah character, who I just love. I loved the love story between her and Archie, and I can‘t wait to hear what happens next! Raven continues to be rather a prat (but kind of a sexy prat).

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robinb
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I enjoyed the first in series so decided to continue with this one and am glad I did. Set in 1849 Edinburgh this one follows Will Raven (a young medical student) and Sarah Fisher (a housemaid/doctor‘s assistant) as they investigate a series of random seemingly unconnected deaths throughout the city. Just a word of caution, this series is dark, gritty and unflinching in its depiction of medical maladies/treatments during this time. 4.25/5⭐️

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rabbitprincess
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I liked this second book in the series more than the first, mainly because I recalibrated my expectations to “historical fiction that has a mystery in it” rather than “a mystery with historical trappings”.
#ShutdownRound3 book 4

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SignedBooksJunkie
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Wow, it's been a long time. Can't remember when I was last on here but it's been at least a year. Finally made it out of a reading slump. So ready to dive into this Ambrose Parry novel, which ironically is the sequel to the last book I had listed on here. 😝

Nute Welcome back to Litsy! I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
SignedBooksJunkie @Nute Thank you! 2y
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Lel2403
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When people begin dying of an unknown illness, Sarah is the first to believe something darker is causing these deaths. She convinces Will and together they delve deeper and begin to hunt for a killer.

The Art Of Dying is historical crime fiction at its very best, superbly written and full of wonderfully atmospheric descriptions you really get a sense of time and place. It has a dark, twisty plot and well rounded, likeable characters. Brilliant

emmaturi I like this series, I think the next one is out in the summer! 2y
Lel2403 @emmaturi me too....I‘m looking forward to the next one 2y
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kaysworld1
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Finally got the second book from #BorrowBox I hope is as good as the first one.

#audiobook #readingthelibrary #librarybook #reading #death #dying #talkingbooks.

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emmaturi
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This is the second in the series and it sees Will Raven and Sarah Fisher joining to save the reputation of their mentor Dr James Simpson. I really enjoyed this mix of murder mystery in the medical work of 1849 Edinburgh. #books

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I‘ll look up the first one 👍🏻❤️ 2y
emmaturi It is called All The Way of Flesh, hope you enjoy it! @Cathythoughts 2y
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emmaturi
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I am reading this one at the moment. Second book in this historical crime/medical fiction set in Edinburgh! #currentread

Crazeedi Love medical anything!! 2y
emmaturi Yes me too! @Crazeedi 2y
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okthislooksbad
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Peak Sunday mood. Super excited about this book, but mostly I'm just very comfortable and cosy. Peak Sunday. Hope you're all having a lovely, lovely day ♥

Trashcanman Thank you ♥️ 3y
Trashcanman Hope today is kind you. 3y
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readingjedi
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If the first book of this series(The Way of All Flesh) was a romp, this one can only be described as a caper. It's an Edinburgh set historical murder mystery that is just a lot of fun & ridiculously entertaining. The 2 MCs, a budding feminist & a bad boy come good, make a really great team, clashing and bonding and misunderstanding each other all over the place in a satisfyingly frustrating way. The crime is juicy & the denouement gratifying.

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readingjedi
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I've just sat down with a mug of Beanies coffee (hazelnut & cinnamon flavour - it's delish) and I'm about to start this one. I loved The Way of All Flesh so I'm looking forward to this one - I seem to be on a bit of a historical crime jag at the moment.

With thanks to #netgalley for this book!

kaysworld1 I'm listening to this on audio. I loved the first one x 3y
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charl08
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Amazing book! Raven and Sarah are back to solve another case amidst the gore of 19c Scottish medicine. And the muck of 1850s Edinburgh, awash with poverty, disease and hypocrisy. I love toothat the authors thank the map digitisation projects at the National Library of Scotland.
(Stockbridge, my photo, from a recent visit)

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charl08
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I liked this idea.

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charl08
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Lovely map on the endpapers.

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kezzlou85
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Book 2 in the series. It was a really good read with lots of drama and mystery but for me the ending let it down. Without giving too many spoilers it left things a little too open for me. I wanted more from it. That being said I'm hoping theres a possible third book coming. The plot itself was clever and built well. I enjoyed the mystery and the depth it goes into about a womens place in these times. #Netgalley #SummersEndReadathon

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kezzlou85
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Well my final total for #24B4Monday is above. It's the closest I've ever got to 24 hours so I'm really proud. My goal for #SummersEndReadathon was 24 which I'll easily hit so just gonna see how many hours I can get in that time instead.
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Crazeedi Wow, great job!! 👏👏 3y
Andrew65 Brilliant, can‘t do better than a personal best. 👏👏👏🙌🙌🙌😊🍾🥂🥳🎊🎉 Thanks for playing along, See you in September. (edited) 3y
SharonAlger Well done! An admirable amount of reading. 3y
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kezzlou85 @Crazeedi thank you. 3y
kezzlou85 @Andrew65 nope you cant and I never thought it would get anywhere near this. 3y
kezzlou85 @SharonAlger thank you. 3y
Clwojick ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3y
kezzlou85 @Clwojick thank you, 3y
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kezzlou85
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Two days in and not at double figures yet. Turns out this weekend has been busier than I thought. I'll hit 24 but probably not in time for #24B4Monday more likely to be towards the end of #SummersEndReadathon.
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Andrew65 Nine hours is still a great time and still 2 days to go. 😊👏👏👏 3y
jb72 Yes I agree. Still a great time! 3y
kezzlou85 @Andrew65 thanks I've managed some today which is good. 3y
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kezzlou85 @jb72 thanks so much. 3y
Andrew65 @kezzlou85 😊👍 3y
Clwojick You‘re going strong! Keep it up 🤩💪🏻🙌🏻 3y
kezzlou85 @Clwojick aww thank you. 3y
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readingjedi
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Ooh ooh ooh thank you #Netgalley for this book. I've been looking forward to it & can't wait to read it!

Crazeedi Ooohhh this looks good, is it a series?? Adding! 3y
readingjedi @Crazeedi Yes, this is the second in the series. I absolutely loved the first one. 3y
Crazeedi @readingjedi thank you!! 3y
melissanorr I've had The Way of All Flesh on my TBR for a while. I need to move it to the front apparently! 3y
andrew61 Brilliant, i didn't know there was a new one due, can't wait. 3y
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