The Way of All Flesh

A Novel

by Ambrose Parry

On Sale: 08/28/2018

The Way of All Flesh

A Novel

by Ambrose Parry

On Sale: 08/28/2018


About the Book

Edinburgh, 1847. City of Medicine, Money, Murder.

Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson.

Simpson's patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia. It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. She has all of his intelligence but none of his privileges, in particular his medical education.

With each having their own motive to look deeper into these deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.

Educator and Librarian Resources

Critical Praise

“Everything you could possibly want in a historical crime fiction novel with extra thrills and chills on the side.” - Stuart MacBride

“Parry’s Victorian Edinburgh comes vividly alive – and it’s a world of pain” - Val McDermid

The Way of All Flesh is a treat. The historical setting is fascinating, and all of Brookmyre’s wit and storytelling verve are evident in this tale of scalpels and secrets” - The Times (UK)

“Menacing, witty and ingeniously plotted, Ambrose Parry’s debut draws you into the dark heart of nineteenth-century Edinburgh and won’t let you go until the final page” - S.J. Parris

“A rip-roaring tale of murder amid the medical experiments of 19th-century Edinburgh. The book brings both city and period to colourful life and is a joy to read” - Ian Rankin, Guardian

“Utterly compelling, this tale of Old Edinburgh is so full of characters and startling incident that I never wanted it to end” - Denise Mina  

“’Ambrose Parry’ is the husband-and-wife team crime novelist Chris Brookmyre and anaesthetist Marisa Haetzman - a writing marriage made in heaven.” - Saga Magazine


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443457200
  • ISBN 10: 1443457205
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 08/28/2018
  • Pages: 416
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / General
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Crime

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry

The broadest selection of online bookstores. The links will take you to the web site's home page.

Other Booksellers

The broadest selection of online bookstores. The links will take you to the Web site's home page.


International Customers

If you are located outside Canada, the best way to order online is to choose from the following bookstores listed by region and country.