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A Corruption of Blood

Ambrose Parry

A Corruption of Blood
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ISBN: ‎9781786899


Dr Will Raven is a man seldom shocked by human remains, but even he is disturbed by the contents of a package washed up at the Port of Leith. Stranger still, a man Raven has long detested is pleading for his help to escape the hangman.

Reviewed on 1st May 2022

The third Ambrose Parry novel continues in the same style as the first two. We follow our characters though their mildly soap opera nineteenth century doctor lives, while they also investigate a murder or two.

As before, it’s a flood blend of mystery, history, and character, with a decent injection of brutal and explicit medical practice thrown in. Not for the faint hearted reader perhaps in that last respect.

I do feel a little like some of the more soapy aspects are starting to seem dragged out after three books, and are things that seem to fit into the classic trope of being solvable if only the characters would actually talk to one another.

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