Format Hardcover
Publication Date 02/05/19
ISBN 9781681777498
Trim Size / Pages 9 x 6 in / 336

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The Unquiet Heart

A Sarah Gilchrist Mystery

Kaite Welsh

In this sequel to the acclaimed The Wages of Sin—and once again set in moody fin de siecle Edinburgh—Sarah Gilchrist finds herself trying to prove her fiancé’s innocence in the midst of his murder trial.

Edinburgh, 1893. Sarah Gilchrist has no intention of marrying her dull fiancé Miles, the man her family hope will restore her reputation and put an end to her dreams of becoming a doctor, but when he is arrested for a murder she is sure he didn’t commit, she finds herself his reluctant ally. Beneath the genteel façade of upper class Edinburgh lurks blackmail, adultery, poison, and madness, and Sarah must return to Edinburgh’s slums, back alleys, and asylums as she discovers the dark past about a family where no one is what they seem, even Miles himself.  It also brings her back into the orbit of her mercurial professor, Gregory Merchiston—he sees Sarah as his protege, but can he stave off his demons long enough to teach her the skills that will save her life?  

Kaite Welsh is an Edinburgh-based journalist and critic and the Literature Officer at Creative Scotland. She writes a weekly column for the Daily Telegraph and makes frequent appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She was included on the Independent on Sunday’s 2015 Rainbow List, which recognizes the 100 most influential LGBTI people in the UK. In 2014, Kaite was shortlisted for both the Scottish New Writers Award and the Moniack Mhor Bridge Award.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“What better setting for a Gothic murder mystery than nineteenth-century Edinburgh?” Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times [Praise for Kaite Welsh's The Wages of Sin]
“A top-class crime thriller, a riveting social documentary, and a fascinating historical novel. Brilliant writing. A total gem.” Criminal Element [Praise for Kaite Welsh's The Wages of Sin]
“A spunky but historically accurate heroine, bucking the most restrictive traditions. The first book in what will, one hopes, be a long-running series. An inspiring feminist tale perfect for the modern age.” Library Journal (starred, Debut of the Month) [Praise for Kaite Welsh's The Wages of Sin]
“An exhilarating and atmospheric mystery set in the gas-lit streets of Edinburgh. A layered, provocative and riveting mystery about Victorian dynamics and womanhood.” Shelf Awareness [Praise for Katie Welsh's The Wages of Sin]