The Art of Dying

The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enter again the world of the mid-1800’s. Dr James Simpson and his chloroform discovery has taken the medical world by storm. No longer must people suffer in surgery. A difficult birth is made easier by a small application.

Raven returns from his travels into Europe to find things have changed, even though he expected some things to have remained waiting for him.

Simpson’s name is being dragged through the mud, Sarah has married – to a doctor. And people are dying. Dying in a strange way which Raven is convinced must be a new disease which he is eagre to discover and give it a name, his own.

As he tries to adjust to life in Edinburgh again, all the while trying to establish himself as a city doctor, Raven makes some startling discoveries about himself and those he thought he knew.

He and Sarah also delve into the murk of the city to uncover why people are dying of what he has now dubbed “Raven’s Malady”. Is it a new disease or the work of one sinister individual?

Together they work to fight for Simpson’s name, and to find out why people are dying when they were well and why it curses entire families.

The closer they get to finding the answers, the closer Sarah gets to being in danger. Can Raven figure it out in time? His sudden arrest and jailing doesn’t help matters.

Sarah is in grave danger, the real cause of the deaths isn’t Raven’s Malady but something more sinister.

Raven frets in jail, Sarah is unconscious and vulnerable. A face from Raven’s past may save the day yet.

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