The Wages of Sin

The Wages of Sin

1st paperback ed

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

'Historical fiction doesn't get much more delicious or original' Damian Barr

'This powerful novel combines a disturbing look at late Victorian attitudes towards women and morality with a satisfying murder mystery' Sunday Express


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.

What readers are saying about THE WAGES OF SIN:

'Sarah Gilchrist is a brilliant lead character. Atmospheric and evocative. Well worth a read'

'A fascinating exploration of how women were treated in Victorian times, enveloped in a dark murder mystery. It kept me guessing and kept me wanting more. One of my favourite historical fictions ever'

'A punchy, feminist page-turner with a wonderful sense of atmosphere'

Book information

ISBN: 9781472239822
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Imprint: Tinder Press
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 238g
Height: 199mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 21mm