The Wages of Sin

The Wages of Sin

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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A page-turning tale of murder, subversion and vice in which a female medical student in Victorian Edinburgh is drawn into a murder investigation when she recognizes one of the corpses in her anatomy lecture. Sarah Gilchrist has fled London and a troubled past to join the University of Edinburgh's medical school in 1882, the first year it admits women. She is determined to become a doctor despite the misgivings of her family and society, but Sarah quickly finds plenty of barriers at school itself: professors who refuse to teach their new pupils, male students determined to force out their female counterparts, and—perhaps worst of all—her female peers who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman. Desperate for a proper education, Sarah turns to one of the city's ramshackle charitable hospitals for additional training. The St Giles' Infirmary for Women ministers to the downtrodden and drunk, the thieves and whores with nowhere else to go. In this environment, alongside a group of smart and tough teachers, Sarah gets quite an education. But when Lucy, one of Sarah's patients, turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into a murky underworld of bribery, brothels, and body snatchers. Painfully aware of just how little separates her own life from that of her former patient's, Sarah is determined to find out what happened to Lucy and bring those responsible for her death to justice. But as she searches for answers in Edinburgh's dank alleyways, bawdy houses and fight clubs, Sarah comes closer and closer to uncovering one of Edinburgh's most lucrative trades, and, in doing so, puts her own life at risk... An irresistible read with a fantastic heroine, beautifully drawn setting, fascinating insights into what it was like to study medicine as a woman at that time, The Wages of Sin is a stunning debut that heralds a striking new voice in historical fiction.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781681773865
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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A good read.

AuntJane Jun 05, 2018

I read this for a Murder Mystery group - while it was a murder, it was more on the historical romance side. It did lead to a GREAT book group discussion, the time period and subject was interesting, but parts did feel like a first novel. We agreed we would read the next installment.

Sep 14, 2017

Really excellent start to a character-driven mystery series. If you enjoyed Sara Donati's The Gilded Hour, Wages of Sin will appeal with its heroine who is determined to be a doctor.

Jul 23, 2017

Very disappointing. Two stars because the mystery was actually good - the murderer was a surprise. Way too much quick anger and breathless romance form the heroine. Could have condensed it by at least 3 chapters. Better editing needed. I won't read this author again.

Apr 08, 2017

Looks to be the start of a promising detective series involving a woman who is study to be a physician in 19th century Scotland.

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