In 1890s Edinburgh, Sarah Gilchrist joins the first class of female students in medical school. Battling her prejudiced male professors and classmates, she obtains a proper education at a charitable hospital. But when one of her patients appears on the university mortuary table, Sarah is drawn into Edinburgh's murky underworld, dangerously close to uncovering an ugly secret. This is a gripping feminist murder mystery with an unusual narrator, inspired by the real first female doctors.
Helen Corcoran, Dubray Dun Laoghaire
An irresistible mystery set in 1890s Edinburgh, Kaite Welsh's THE WAGES OF SIN features a female medical student-turned-detective, and will thrill fans of Sarah Waters and Antonia Hodgson.Sarah Gilchrist has fled from London to Edinburgh in disgrace and is determined to become a doctor, despite the misgivings of her family and society. As part of the University of Edinburgh's first intake of female medical students, Sarah comes up against resistance from lecturers, her male contemporaries, and - perhaps worst of all - her fellow women, who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman... When one of Sarah's patients turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into Edinburgh's dangerous underworld of bribery, brothels and body snatchers - and a confrontation with her own past.