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Edinburgh. This city will bleed you dry.

Dr Will Raven is a man seldom shocked by human remains, but even he is disturbed by the contents of a package washed up at the Port of Leith. Stranger still, a man Raven has long detested is pleading for his help to escape the hangman.

Back in the townhouse of Dr James Simpson, Sarah Fisher has set her sights on learning to practise medicine. Almost everyone seems intent on dissuading her from this ambition, but when word reaches her that a woman has recently obtained a medical degree despite her gender, Sarah decides to seek her out.

Raven's efforts to prove his former adversary's innocence are failing, and he desperately needs Sarah's help. Putting their feelings for one another aside, their investigations take them to both extremes of Edinburgh's social divide, where they discover that wealth and status cannot alter a fate written in the blood.

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Yes, you will love it.

If you have not read or listened to the first two installments of this series, stop and go to the beginning now. This is an incredibly well crafted saga that should be enjoyed in its entirety. I have been hooked since the first installment and have wish-listed subsequent titles. I listen to 75-100 titles a year, as I generally work alone and audio books get me through the day. Believe me that this series is about as good as it gets for historical crime fiction. To truly appreciate it, you have to watch the development of the principles across the progression of books. What I am really trying to do here is to let audiobook maniacs like myself know that this is a good one, go back to beginning and you will thank me.

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Thoroughly enjoyable!

I liked both story and performance a lot. The plot twists are really cool but not unbelievable and the resolution is just what is needed! I wonder though now how relations between the two grand doctors ended up to be in real life?

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More plot twists than ever

Enjoyed this latest book in the series. Rich descriptions of the lives of the poor and terrible treatment of all classes of women. When will Will Raven up the goal of conventional life and agree to marry and support Sara in her modern minded goals?

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  • Kirstine
  • 09-24-21

The high standard of the series maintained

I enjoyed the two previous excursions into 19th century Edinburgh and the present book is just as good. Historic Edinburgh is brought to life as the characters move about the Old and New Town tending to the sick and getting involved in the detection of crime. Combining people, such as James Simpson of chloroform fame and inspector McLevy with invented ones makes the story feel real. The daily grind of poverty and the attempts of doctors to help with the little medical armoury they have to hand reminds one how precarious life was for rich and poor alike, particularly for women giving birth. Against this backdrop there is the death of a powerful man to be investigated and the disposal one way or other of unwanted babies. The hypocrisy of the era over these babies is exposed as they were often the progeny of young women compromised by men who wouldn’t acknowledge their responsibility.
An engaging and enjoyable listen.

The two narrators give a lively and convincing performance.

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  • mitchell bell
  • 09-24-21

fantastic as always!

Narration second to none. stories of old Edinburgh is always of interest. Another good Novel from the ambrose parry set that is well worth reading

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  • CM
  • 09-03-21

This series is wonderful!

This latest installment in this series was very good. I really enjoyed this book, not only an intriguing murder mystery but the characters have developed and the historic setting is rich and colourful. The books in this series do need to be read in order.

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  • 08-26-21

a corruption of blood

I've listened to all 3 on audible and the stories are great. you feel as if you are back in days gone be Edinburgh and Bryan Dick does am amazing job of being Will Raven. sad I've finished it now 😢

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  • V. O'Regan
  • 08-26-21

Another excellent historical mystery by Parry

This is the third in this excellent series of historical mysteries with a medical theme. The audiobook was well narrated by the two readers.

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  • Samantha Buswell
  • 08-24-21

Another excellent story.

This is the third book in the series and it does not disappoint. I pre-ordered it as I couldn’t wait - as in the previous stories , the narration is excellent , Bryan Dick is brilliant as Raven and so is Cathleen McCarron - in the last two books Louise Brealey played Sarah and I did miss her voice this time.

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  • Ross Hunter
  • 10-28-21

Another fantastic book

This is a fantastic book to a great trilogy. Raven, Simpson and Fisher are incredible characters and have enjoyed the medical adventures round Edinburgh

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  • The Curator
  • 08-23-21

Hurrah for new narrator

I was very pleased to see a new narrator after two by Louise Brearley with her monotone delivery.