The Book of Skulls

The Book of Skulls

A Victorian tale of gender-bending, hidden identity, obsession and gruesome murder, set in Edinburgh's Old Town.

1875. Liz Moliette; a poor orphan of unknown heritage, and Amulya Patel; from a wealthy Indian family, are the only female students at the Edinburgh Medical School, where a hostile attitude towards women is driven by Professor Atticus. However Liz and Amulya have allies in fellow student Campbell Preeble, The Reekie reporter Hector Findlay and the charming Dr Paul Love.

In dire need of funds, Liz becomes assistant to gruff lecturer and police surgeon Dr Florian Blyth. When a series of grisly murders take place the doctor and Liz help Inspector Macleod in his investigation, which leads to the Edinburgh Asylum, the Burry Man festival and the quack science of phrenology

The search for the killer comes dangerously close to Liz as she uncovers her own family secrets.

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It should appeal to an audience that enjoys historical crime fiction with a BAME, LBGTQ slant and female protagonists.

There are readings from the April 2020 online launch on the Facebook page. The Blog Tour is from 27th,28th,29th May.

Reviews from the Blog Tour: Ontheboookshelf and Undiscovered Scotland.

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Paintings from The Book of Skulls

These paintings were part of my Medical Inspirations exhibition at Edinburgh University last year; a celebration of 150th anniversary of the Edinburgh Seven.

We Can Do This

We Can Do This

Liz Tries to Examine Florian's Wound

Liz Tries to Examine Florian's Wound

Charles Sews Florian's Wound

Charles Sews Florian's Wound

Professor Atticus Tests Poison

Professor Atticus Tests Poison

Death of the Burry Man

Death of the Burry Man

The Portobello Egyptologist

The Portobello Egyptologist

Molly

Molly

Séance

Séance

Hector and Campbell

Hector and Campbell
images © David Hutchison