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The Art of Dying

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Summary

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 protégé 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.

©2019 Ambrose Parry (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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An excellent and enjoyable sequel

This is a worthy sequel to the author's previous pastiche of Victorian crime fiction, The Way of All Flesh, and continues the exploits and vicissitudes of the three main characters from the previous book: Dr Will Raven, former housemaid Sarah Fisher and Dr James Simpson of chloroform fame. If anything the Art of Dying is an even more gripping novel and I hope the author continues this series. The three narrators bring the drama to life.

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enjoyable listen.

i enjoyed the first book so downloaded this latest book. enjoyed the continued thread, but also the completed story as well.

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Enjoyable

A good read, the second novel by this author that I've read and enjoyed. The whole thing is only slightly marred by the narrator who plays Sarah. She often sounds very stilted and as if she is just reading it because she has to. A shame, as the other readers are very good.

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Fascinating from start to finish

I often find myself falling asleep shortly after starting an audio book. Not with this one! Another masterpiece from the couple known as Ambrose Parry.

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really looking forward to the next installment

I loved the first one, which I read myself on holiday. this was a very good follow up.

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really enjoyed the readers' interpretation

I love the way the voice actors/narrators bring this alive in their reading. pitched just right with not too much drama but consistent distinction enough between each character. the drama is all in the story.

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Good read ..but?

Usual good story but 'the baddie' in disguise angle is getting 'tired'. Female narrator has interesting accent. Sarah pronounced 'Serah'.

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Dr Simpson's assistants strike again.

Like the first story this continues on in the same era. based around Dr Simpson and Edinburgh society of the time. the story keeps you interested throughout and has various tangents in the plot to keep interest. Quite enjoyable. keep up the good work Mr & Mrs Brookmyre.

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  • 03-11-19

An enjoyable listen

Having enjoyed “The way if all flesh”, I was keen to follow these characters again. I enjoyed the pace and mix of medical, crime, historical fiction, with Edinburgh sights being very absorbing! The only element that I didn’t enjoy was I found the reader of ‘Sarah’ much more stilted than in the former book and this was a bit annoying - the others do a great job! Hope to hear more from Ambrose Parry duo very soon! I will be venturing into other Christopher Bookmyre books now !

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Unremitting doom, gloom and misanthropy.

Thin, well trodden plot, acre upon acre of equally well trodden social commentary. Not one of the main characters is likeable and there's not a solitary drop of humour throughout. Not my idea of a good time.

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  • 22-07-20

Excellent in all ways

This story is gripping, with great character development, historical information, and smart twists. The narrators are top notch. Highly recommended!

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